By now you’ve seen your share of Fashion’s Night Out event round-ups, but let’s be honest – do you really think you’ll have the time and energy to hit up every single goings-on? If you’re like us, then you’ve already learned from FNO’s first and second years that planting yourself at a handful of solid events is all you really need do to fully enjoy the full experience. Plus, September 8 is on a Thursday, not Friday, so it might be wise to take it slightly easy. With that in mind, read on for our list of best-bet FNO events in New York and Los Angeles so you can streamline your party plan.
Who: Opening Ceremony What: Our favorite conceptual retailer is hosting El Mercado de Carnaval de Opening Ceremony – a carnival market inspired by Argentina. The event will feature live performers in designer dudes from the likes of Suno and Proenza Schouler, a Delfina Delettrez mystical booth, a PS1 bag raffle (really!), and a Miss Piggy photo booth. Flyer above and more info here. Where: Ace Hotel – 20 West 29th Street When: 6-10pm
Who: Alexander Wang What: The cool-kid label is hosting a good ol’ talent show, with performers showcasing their talent in front of a live audience. Winners will be selected by Alex Wang and surprise celebrity judges and will be awarded with prizes from the brand’s collection. There will also be a window installation by artist Saulo Madrid with Alkemie Atelier, providing a unique interactive experience for audiences both inside and outside of the store. Where: Alexander Wang Boutique – 103 Grand Street When: 7:30pm-?
Who: DKNY What: Shoppers who spend $250 or more will receive a free DVD of the brilliant documentary, Bill Cunningham New York, along with a limited edition tote bag. Ever the social media supporters, the brand has also partnered with mobile application Pose to broadcast fan snaps on DKNY’s Facebook page. More info. Where: DKNY Boutique – 655 Madison Avenue When: 6pm-?
Who: Realm Boutique What: Get styled by event hosts Chelsea Leyland, Lissy Trullie, The Man Repeller, May Kwok, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Susie Bubble as you shop Realm’s covetable threads. By the way, Blake Lively stopped by the boutique’s event last year, so who knows who else might roll through. Where: Realm Boutique – 98 Green Street When: 6-11pm
Next: The Best of LA Los Angeles
Who: 3.1 Phillip Lim What: Enjoy a live performance by NYC-based band Cults as you sip on tequila and grub on bites from Vietnamese eatery, Xoia. You can also dig into some serious remorse-free shopping, as all proceeds benefit Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Where: 3.1 Phillip Lim Boutique – 631 North Robertson Blvd. When: 7-10pm
Who: Smashbox Studios and Ron Herman What: The event will feature a pop-up Smashbox photo studio with fashion photographer Diana Koenigsberg offering complimentary photo sessions for shoppers. J Brand is debuting exclusive FNO jean and eyewear label Oliver Peoples is presenting three exclusive frames for the evening. Where: Ron Herman at Fred Segal – 8100 Melrose Avenue When: 6-11pm
Who: Opening Ceremony What: Just like it’s NYC counterpart, the West Coast version of Opening Ceremony is also hosting a night of Argentine flair, complete with fresh empanadas, Solsticio wine, and exclusive FNO merch by Keds, Olympia Le-Tan, Jansport, Pamela Love, and more. OCLA is also partnering with LA shop RTH to create custom leather bracelets stamped with your initials. More info. Where: OCLA – 451 N. La Cienega Blvd. When: 6-9pm
Who: Westfield Century City What: We all know the Westfield shopping center chain knows how to get down, so we’re not surprised that the Century City outpost is hosting a jam-packed FNO this year. The night will be hosted by none other than LL Cool J and will feature live music, food, drinks, makeup and blowdry bars, mini manicures, a fashion show, and a bevy of surprise celebrity appearances. Even the mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, is said to be stopping by. Where: Westfield Century City – 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. When: 6-10pm