Cyndi Lauper at Manolo Blahnik and karaoke at Michael Kors… The stellar line-up of U.S. events for Fashion's Night Out 2012
21:11 GMT, 3 September 2012
Good cause: Model Arizona Muse wearing the official FNO T-shirt, which raises money for AIDS prevention
Now in its fourth year Fashion's Night Out promises to be bigger than ever with more than 4,500 outlets in 20 different countries hosting events simultaneously on Thursday September 6.
New York, of course, is where it all started, and the city doesn't disappoint, with an array of events to coincide with the start of fashion week.
From a performance from Cyndi Lauper at Manolo Blahnik, to karaoke sessions at Michael Kors, this year's FNO will see the industry's power players let their hair down.
Vogue Fashion Director Grace
Coddington has created an exclusive line for Balenciaga in honor of the
event – and Karl Lagerfeld's cat Choupette should watch out because its
theme puts her own moggy, Pumpkin, in the spotlight.
Macy's will become a reality TV Mecca with appearances from Kourtney Kardashian's long-term beau Scott Disick, and Barneys will become a buzzing street fair with salsa lessons for all.
The fun is not limited to the East Coast either. Over in LA Kendall
Jenner will be kicking off proceedings at the Berverly Center while the
Porsche store on Wilshire Boulevard will be serving up free glasses of
bubbly all evening.
Launched by Anna Wintour in New York in 2009, the global initiative sponsored by Vogue and the CFDA was aimed at giving the fashion industry a boost during tough economic times and this year
a special T-shirt will be on sale to help raise funds for the New York City AIDS fund.
Party time! A plethora of stores in New York City will be staying open late on Thursday with tipples, nibbles and entertainment provided free of charge
it's tipped as one of the
hottest shopping events on the retail calendar, with a plethora of
staying open after hours with tipples, nibbles and entertainment
provided free of charge. Here's our roundup of some of the must-visit
FNO locations across the US…
The department store will be transformed into a buzzing street fair, with everything from knitting tips to salsa lessons open to all. Designers such as Thom Browne, Narciso Rodriguez and the Row's Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will be on hand while it's rumoured that Alexander Wang will be giving catwalk lessons.
At Barneys, 660 Madison Avenue
The world’s largest Macy’s store will be a hotspot for reality TV fans. Kourtney Kardashian's long-term boyfriend Scott Disick, will be hosting cigar rolling classes while Project Runway‘s Michael
Kors will be testing shoppers
with a fashion trivia quiz. Other special guests include Fashion Star‘s
Caprice Willard and Kara Laricks, Bethenny Frankel and What Not To
At Macy’s Herald Square 151 West 34th Street
If you're a girl who just wants to have fun, get yourself to Manolo Blahnik’s 54th St boutique where Cyndi Lauper will be performing at 9pm to promote her new musical, Kinky Boots.
At Manolo Blahnik, 31 W. 54th St
Celebrity central: Cyndi Lauper will be performing at Manolo Blahnik's store (left) while customers can get their picture taken with model Alessandra Ambrosio (right) at
the Victoria's Secret store in Manhattan's SoHo
LORD & TAYLOR
here early as this venue promises to be packed as Kim Kardashian steps
into the spotlight to promote her new fragrance line. Members of the
team will also be stopping by including Lubov and Max while FIT students
will provide free illustrations with every purchase.
At Lord & Taylor 424 Fifth Avenue
JEFFERY NEW YORK
Movie star Jessica Chastain, who is currently starring in the new Broadway musical Heiress! will be stopping by for an evening of shopping, music and other 'surprises'.
At Jeffery New York, 449 West, 14th Street
will be hosting a Russian-inspired event with appearances from
street-style stars Miroslava Duma, Elena Perminova, and Anya Ziourova.
Strike up conversation with an It girl while dancing to Russian beats
courtesy of pop trio Tesla Boy.
At Salvatore Ferragamo, 655 Fifth Avenue
Balenciaga’s FNO party focuses on the launch of an accessories collaboration between
designer Nicolas Ghesquire and American Vogue's creative director Grace Coddington. The line
is apparently covered in Grace’s drawings of her cat, Pumpkin, modeling Balenciaga
At Balenciaga, 542 West 22nd Street
Must-see: Balenciaga's limited edition Pumpkin bag covered in Grace Coddington's drawings pf her cat
your picture taken with Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio at
the store in SoHo and if you spend $65, you'll receive a free t-shirt.
Eye and lip makeovers will also be on offer throughout the stor from 6pm
At Victoria's Secret 591-593 Broadway
As a woman who knows how to throw a top party Diane von Furstenberg has ensured her Meatpacking flagship is filled with top industry folk. MAC make-up
artists will be on hand, Vogue editors offering style advice, while Solange Knowles will be manning the decks.
At DvF, 874 Washington Street
Make sure your vocals are up to scratch as Mr Kors hosts an evening of ‘YouTube
star’ karaoke. Portraits by celeb photographer Victor Demarchelier and an A-list guest list also promise to make his store a main attraction.
At Michael Kors, 667 Madison Avenue
SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
Get to Saks where a range of exclusive offers will keep you occupied. Customers can get their Doc
Martens customized, free
engraving on their Stella McCartney perfume bottles and Instagrams printed for free. Haircuts, printed manicures and make-up from Tom Pecheux will get you in the party spirit and if you're feeling daring Rihanna’s tattoo artist will be in store.
At Saks Firth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue
More than 100 stores throughout the shopping complex will be opening late with
Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale kicking things off. Los Angeles
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will also make a video appearance introducing
Vogue's West Coast fashion editor, Lisa Love. Fashion shows will
showcase fall collections and Kendall Jenner – who is the face of the
Beverly Center's FNO campaign – is expected to attend, along with sister
Kylie, Jaimie Hilfiger, Francesca Eastwood and Peta Murgatroyd.
At the Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Boulevard
All-star cast:The Beverly Center's Fashion's Night Out 2012 campaign features Kendall Jenner
Around 2,000 guests will be treated to live music, art-inspired activities, celebrity guest appearances and fall's latest trends as they stroll through the stores.
SANTA MONICA PLACE
here for a range of in-store events, including treatments from two
beauty lounges. Entertainment starts at 7pm, featuring a performance by
American Idol contestant Stefano Langone and a fashion show hosted by
Linda Immediato, style editor of Los Angeles magazine.
in a chocolate or two while admiring jewellery at Harry Winston, or
visit the Porsche store on Wilshire Boulevard for a live DJ, runway show
and an open bar. Stuart Weitzman and Neiman Marcus will also be serving
up glasses of bubbly while Bottega Veneta is set to introduce a new
line of eco-friendly handbags. Prada and Miu Miu will be giving a cut of
the night’s proceeds to P.S. Arts, a non-profit organisation that
promotes arts education.
Food vans will be on hand to satisfy hungry shoppers and Starline Tours will be giving mini bus
tours up and down the road, stopping at shops while giving
riders a brief overview of the area.
Head to Alice + Olivia for an evening of all things girlie, including screenings of classic slumber party movies and as well as manicure and charm bracelet sessions.
BCBG Max Azria will have guests compete in a style contest via Instagram with the winner handed a $1,000 BCBG wardrobe and make sure you listen out for Mayer Hawthorne who is scheduled to perform.
Fashion’s Night Out will be held on September 6, 2012. For more information visit: fashionsnightout.com