Every year, celebrities, tourists, New Yorkers, and locals get together to celebrate the kick off of Fashion Week. The booze, treats, and discounts flow. You could mingle one moment with a stylist, and the next a mom from Michigan. Retailers open their doors and their budgets to entice you to visit their stores. You can head on over to the FNO website to make your own “To Do” list. However, if you’re not into searching through the hundreds of listings, we’ve done the legwork so you don’t have to.
The inner artist comes out with these events.
Intermix (98 Prince Street)
Sienna Miller and Savannah Miller will cohost the party at Intermix’s Soho location, which will include an Art Battle in which two fledgling artists will compete in a mannequin-painting contest.
Witness the glamour, the luxury, and the flowing bottles.
Versace (647 Fifth Avenue)
Every year, Versace tries to outdo itself with lavish decor and great celebrity lineups. Amazingly enoug, they did it again. The lineup here is almost unbeatable: Ciara, Leigh Lezark of the Misshapes, Amy Sacco, Vogue’s Lauren Santo Domingo, Taylor Momsen, Chanel Iman, and a music performance by the Misshapes.
Barneys (660 Madison Avenue)
The famous department store will be transformed into a giant themed street fair, with incredible up and coming indie designers like Isabel Toledo, Thom Browne, Narciso Rodriguez, Alexander Wang and the Row’s Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Wang will also be making an appearance later in the night at Bergdorf Goodman (754 Fifth Avenue) to debut his 9/11 tees. Prepare yourself to witness anything from catwalk lessons, customized t-shirts and goodies to treats and salsa lessons.
Magnolia Bakery (107 East 42nd Street)
To fete the evening’s shopping extravaganza, Magnolia Bakery has created a FNO Cupcake. It’s a rich yet moist chocolate cake, covered in their famous vanilla buttercream, and fashionable with a hint of sparkle. Yum, convinced yet? The best part: $1 from each FNO cupcake sold benefits the New York City AIDS Fund
Ted Baker (595 Fifth Ave)
In fashion, we love our themes. Known for this iconic British theme, Ted Baker will have its own fish-and-chips truck parked outside their just-opened and highly anticipated Fifth Avenue flagship. The truck will serve traditional fish-and-chips, while inside, guests will be greeted by Ted’s head maid and butler, and enjoy Brit-inspired cocktails, sticky toffee, and music courtesy of Brit DJ Kieran Taylor. Get ready for a sea of tweed, plaid, and all things delightfully British. You better get the Royal Hand Wave and accent down now.
The West Village is doing what it does best-the odd, obscure, and wickedly fun.
Rag & Bone (100 Christopher Street) Rag&Bone is outdoing themselves with their transformation on FNO. The entire store will morph itself into an old-fashioned irish pub, complete with sawdust on the floor and an Irish band! Prepare to do the jigg, drink a beer with the neighborhood and check out their new Fall line.
Kiki Di Montparnasse (79 Greene Street)
Aphrodisiacs, an erotic portrait booth, and sex toy lessons. If the bubbly hasn’t gotten to your head by this stop, then stop on in for some interesting “Fashion lessons”
The Shops at Target (441 W. 14th St.)
This FNO one night only exclusive is one of the most talked about events. Target will set up shop near the High Line to showcase its Fall installment of The Shops at Target, featuring NYC’s Odin and Kirna Zabete. Ross Matthews (Chelsea Lately and Jay Leno) will act as “line host,” and will choose four lucky winners to win $250 gift certificates and shop the capsule collection first.