Following last year's successful debut of the party of all fashion parties, Vogue's back again with Fashion's Night Out, the magazine's banner event drawing out masses in NYC and beyond. While stores in cities around the world will open their doors for the occasion, it also serves to kick-off New York's fashion week and (from what we can tell) practically the entire city will stay open until 11pm with music, clothing, food and drink galore. To help sort it all out, we've rounded up a few of the venues and happenings that we're looking forward to most in our preview of 2010's FNO.
Vena Cava and Subports at Partners and Spade
The ladies of Vena Cava teamed up with shop-by-text innovatorsSubports to create their own event specifically for "Fashion Outsiders," hosted by Partners and Spade. Selling handmade, wearable pieces created by those without fashion experience, such as firemen, farmers, and even toddlers, the team redefines fashion in the name of the common man.
Billy Reid Bourbon Party
After premiering his new collaboration with Levi's at Bloomingdales, Billy Reid himself will be heading down to Bond street, where his solo store promises a party worthy to compete with the Bourbon-filled rager he threw for last year's FNO. If you suddenly crave the macabre, further down on Bond between Broadway and Lafayette, OAK has teamed up Archetype Showroom, LNA and others to create the "Black Carnival." Featuring deals on some of the brands' more popular items, as well as opportunities to customize your piece with the designers themselves, the block-party style dark carnival still keeps fashion at the forefront of the night's events.
Opening Ceremony at the Ace Hotel
Filled to the brim with celebrities, desserts, and exclusive shopping, the French-inspired flea market created by Opening Ceremony at the Ace Hotel encompasses all that can be imagined at FNO. Featuring booths and potential designer appearances from several participating brands, such as Alexander Wang, Rodarte, and Agnes B., expect exclusive products and prices, as well as some surprises along the way. Christina Tosi of Momofuku, for example, has created a cookie recipe exclusively for Band of Outsiders, which will be sold on this night only until it disappears into the baked-goods beyond.
Keds will also be revealing the next, aptly-themed French installment of their worldly collaboration with Opening Ceremony, featuring their brand-new toile and striped limited-edition sneakers. Even more limited versions available at the event will include hand-embroidered fabrics by artist Richard Saja, who transforms the pastoral toile patterns into scenes with clowns, monsters, mutants and more.
In collaboration with Colette, the Heartschallenger ice cream truck will be on-site serving as the brands pop-up shop offering exclusive FNO products (collete x Opening Ceremony frenchy products, Darcel x Incase iPhone 4 Slider Case, and fashion postcards), collete compilations and surprises, and of course ice cream.
Odin New York just recently launched their newest fragrance, 04 Petrana, but the intoxicatingly sweet scent of homemade ice cream is more likely to attract noses to their Lafayette Street store this Friday night. Fashion partners Shipley & Halmos have teamed up with Guerilla Ice Cream to create a completely original flavor for the event, sold exclusively at Odin. All proceeds from the Brooklyn Brewery Brown Ale, sweet cream and local honey-flavored scoops (currently being referred to as "Amalgamated") will be donated to benefit the Street Vendor Project, an organization which aims to protect the rights of NYC street vendors.
Foursquare Scavenger Hunt in the Meatpacking District
If you're going to be running around downtown and checking into stores on Foursquare anyway, you may as well make some money off of it. Sponsored by Mastercard and hosted by Fashion Lives Downtown, the Foursquare Scavenger Hunt in the Meatpacking District offers the chance to win some mega prizes. Starting at the Theory store on Gansevoort Street and 9th Avenue and heading out to at least 15 stores throughout the neighborhood, participants are entered to win a $5,000 Mastercard shopping spree as well as a stay in NYC's famously upbeat hotel, The Standard. Be sure to include the store's twitter alias (ex: @coolhunting) as well as the hashtag #FNOmeat wherever you check in in order to be entered. Along the way check out the "tips" section on Foursquare for exclusive info on discounts, drinks, and free swag wherever you may be headed.
VW Style Express
In efforts to get fashionistas to the many festivities of the night, Volkswagon has been deemed the official vehicle sponsor of the night and will help transport shoppers with a free "direct" car service from midtown to the heart of Soho in the all-new 2011 Volkswagen Jetta. Not even released to car dealerships, Fashion fans will be the first to experience the new Jetta models. To participate, shoppers just simply show a receipt from any participating FNO retailer, and can jump in for a ride. Pick -up and drop off locations are in Midtown at Rockefeller Center at 50th Street between 5th and 6th Ave., and in Soho at Greene Street between Spring and Prince Street.
Chris Blackwell at Barney's
Founder of Island Records, Chris Blackwell, along with his posse of Island Record's recording artists, will be celebrating the label's 50th Anniversary with the release of Keep On Running, the celebratory book that showcases Blackwell's significant role in the music industry (and which has been previously featured on CH). With a special guest DJ performing, the crew will be celebrating with signed copies of the book at Barney's.
Jil Sander Navy Collection
German designer, Jil Sander, will be offering an exclusive preview of the Jil Sander's Navy Collection at her flagship stores in Soho and Madison Ave during FNO. The designer has partnered up with Garance Dore, renowned Parisian illustrator, photographer, and blogger to showcase her interpretation of the new line that will be showcased exclusively for FNO. Dore will highlight the natural elegance of the new, casual-yet-luxurious line of relaxed and sophisticated woman's wardrobe of clean, modern fitting, and innovative fabrics. Special guest DJ Marie Branellac will be spinning with cocktails on-site.