By Alexandra Phanor-Faury

Fashion's Night Out 2012

Ok, so it’s finally here! Tonight is Fashion’s Night Out. A night devoted to the (over) consumption of fashion and style.

More than 700 hundred stores in N.Y., and countless more in 500 different cities around the world, will stay open late just so you can spend, spend, spend and forget about your bills, bills, bills! To ease the anxiety that will surely follow after you take a second look at that receipt in your hand, the night will be filled with exclusive merchandise, freebies, discounts, cash prize contests and lots of alcohol to go around. What better way to justify the money you just spent than with a glass of champagne in one hand and these insanely delicious boots beautifully wrapped in a box in a bag in the other hand?

But shopping is only the half of it.

With stores hosting all types of special events that include everything from in-store DJs, and celebrities who like to play DJ for the night, to free makeovers from the pros, the energy and utter chaos of FNO is a big draw. And with so many fringueuses running around the city hopping from one shop to the next, the people watching – our favorite outdoor hobby – is spectacular. We’re talking Olympic caliber, here. There are so many things to do, people to see and places to go, but here are eight events in N.Y. we think are worth checking out.

Where will you be celebrating Fashion’s Night Out?


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3.1 Phillip Lim, 115 Mercer Street, 6pm to 9pm

3.1 Phillip Lim will reveal its new comic book, ‘Kill The Night.’, inspired by its Fall 2012 collection. Get a signed copy of the comic book with a purchase.


M.A.C., 506 Broadway, 7pm to 10pm

Make sure you get here very, very early. By far this will be the evening’s most talked about FNO event. Azealia Banks will be promoting her new collaboration with M.A.C. and blessing the crowd with a performance. Make sure to pick up her limited-edition ( ends September 20th) semi-matte dark plum ‘Yung Rapunxel’ lipstick. It’s perfect for achieving the vampy pout trend for fall.


Tory Burch, 797 Madison Ave, 6pm to 9pm

Finally, you can get your favorite Instagram pictures printed on paper at Tory Burch! DJ Cassidy will be spinning the soundtrack for the evening.


Tracy Reese, 641 Hudson St., 5pm to 10pm

Join the store’s dance-a-thon for a chance to win some great prizes. Could the lovely brocade dress Michelle Obama  wore this week at the Democratic Convention be one of them? We doubt it, but we’ll gladly dance ’till we drop for anything from this lovely boutique.


Revlon at Industria Superstudio, 775 Washington Street, 6pm to 9pm

It’s not every day you get the chance to get a makeover by celebrity makeup artist and Revlon’s Creative Director Gucci Westman, and a manicure by runway and magazine nail expert Jin Soon. Revlon makes dreams happen.


Rebecca Minkoff, Saks Fifth Avenue, Fifth Floor, 611 Fifth Avenue, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Rebecca Minkoff is throwing a girl’s sleep over with a ponytail bar, a smoky eye station, manicures and a booth to make your own ‘arm party.’


Manolo Blahnik, 31 West 54th St., 7:30pm to 11pm

Cyndi Lauper will be celebrating both Manolo Blahnik’s dreamy shoes and her new musical, “Kinky Boots”. She’ll show us that girls still just want to have fun with a live performance at 8:30pm.


What Goes Around Comes Around, 351 West Broadway, 7pm to 10pm

Stop by for the unveiling of collaborations between the vintage mecca and Whitney Port of Whitney Eve, Anna Sheffield of Bing Bang, and Jace Lipstein of Grungy Gentleman.


-Alexandra Phanor-Faury

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