It's that time of year again... FASHION WEEK in New York City!
This weeklong, gala event takes place every September and every February in the heart of Manhattan, at the Bryant Park tents (albeit, this will be the last showing of designer collections at that location), and the usual fanfair includes top models, celebrities, parties -and everyone's favorite- gift bags!!! Yet, this year is different, because never before has there been such a citywide -even global- send up of fashion.
Sure, fashion designers interact with the public, frequently presenting their collections in New York, London, Milan & Paris... but now they and the industry (read: Anna Wintour), on behalf of VOGUE magazine and the CFDA, have created a mass-retail event called Fashion's Night Out, in which everyday consumers like you and I are invited -no RSVP required- to enjoy extended hours of shop-til-you-drop frivolity. This initiative is seemingly set in place for the fashion industry to help do its part in stimulating a dire economy... and what better way to do that, than to get people to spend money!
If you're looking to revamp your wardrobe or fill in some new Fall '09 pieces, there's no better day than today (Thursday, September 10, 2009), to get your shop on, besides, you may find yourself receiving fashion advice or style tips from you favorite celeb or designer! FNO, the worldwide event, will also take place in Los Angeles, Japan, Paris, London, India, and every other major world capital where VOGUE magazine is in print.
Time Warner Center @ 7:00pm, special celebrity DJ Paul Sevigny; bar on 2nd floor.
The Shops at Columbus Circle
10 Columbus Circle at 59th Street,
New York, 10019
Barneys New York: Appearances by Narciso Rodriguez, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Loomstate custom T-shirts.
Bergdorf Goodman: Zac Posen painting; Victoria Beckham; Peter Som, Cynthia Rowley, Gilles Mendel and Lela Rose cooking; Donna Karan playing "Fashion Rules" with André Leon Talley, and an Isaac Mizrahi talk.
Bloomingdale's: Howie Day performance and numerous other activities.
J.C. Penney: Cindy Crawford appearance.
Lord & Taylor: Patrick McMullen photos, and Lauren Santo Domingo hosting.
Macy's Queens: The official kickoff with Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour; Macy's chairman, president and chief executive officer Terry Lundgren; Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Blake Lively.
Macy's Herald Square: Appearances by Jaxx trio, Jill Zarin, Rachel Roy and Michael Kors.
Saks Fifth Avenue: Justin Timberlake, Donna Karan, Carolina Herrera in a magic show; appearances by Chris Benz, Coco Rocha and other designers.
Armani: Rosie O'Donnell reading "Love, Loss and What I Wore." Kerry Washington appearance.
Bally: DJ Brian Atwood.
Calvin Klein: Performance by Jamie Burke, Michelle Monaghan appearance.
Carolina Herrera: Larry Fink photo booth.
Coach: Graffiti artists working on Coach totes.
Cole Haan: Maria Sharapova appearance.
David Yurman: Auctioning a 1975 belt buckle.
Donna Karan: Rock-jazz pianist Eric Lewis.
J.Mendel: Lisa Airan and Julie Macklowe hosting.
Jimmy Choo: Angela Lindvall shoot.
Oscar de la Renta: Oscar de la Renta serenading customers, literally.
Ralph Lauren: Appearances by Liev Schreiber, Blake Lively and Camilla Belle.
Talbots: Lynda Carter singing.
Barnes & Noble: FEED truck and Lauren Bush.
Henri Bendel: Sasha Pivarova and Gucci Westman appearances.
Dior: Charlize Theron signing the September issue of Vogue, 7 to 8 p.m.
Juicy Couture: Surfboards, skateboards and Mexican food.
Manolo Blahnik: Manolo Blahnik appearance.
Roberto Cavalli: Roberto Cavalli appearance.
Van Cleef & Arpels: Opera singer Danielle de Niese will perform selections from her new record, "The Mozart Album."
Versace: Appearances by Ciara, Taylor Momsen and The Misshapes.
Anna Sui: Anna Sui appearance.
Betsy Johnson: Makeovers.
Elie Tahari: Alexa Ray Joel performs.
Intermix: Prince Street, Sienna and Savannah Miller appearance.
Kirna Zabête: Appearances by Thakoon, Jason Wu and Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCullough of Proenza Schouler.
Longchamp: Lily Cole hosting, Lykke Li performing.
Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti: Alberta Ferretti appearance.
Rachel Roy: Estelle performance.
BOWERY AREA NEAR BOND STREET
Narciso Rodriguez in a Winnebago, Tyson Beckford appearance.
Topshop: Appearances by Karen Elson and Tabitha Simmons and DJs.
Vera Wang: Vera Wang doing makeovers.
Cynthia Rowley: Balloons and a scavenger hunt.
Marc by Marc Jacobs: Candid photos in the window.
Polo Ralph Lauren: Nacho Figueras appearance.
Teen Vogue fashion show at Bleecker Street: Taylor Momsen's band.
Tommy Hilfiger: Tommy Hilfiger appearance.
Thom Browne: Thom Browne appearance.
Diane von Furstenberg: Events on the Highline with Diane von Furstenberg.
Jeffrey New York: Appearances by Hugh Jackman and Sean Avery, 10:30 p.m.
Matthew Williamson: Matthew Williamson will do personal design consultation.
Stella McCartney: Kate Hudson appearance.
Tory Burch: Barbecue and street party.
Aveda: Van Leeuwen ice cream.
Kate Spade: Tango on the street.
A neighborhood block party.
* list of retail events provided by WWD (Women's Wear Daily).