Four years ago almost to the day, something big happened in fashion: Fashion's Night Out. A global initiative sponsored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Vogue magazine, it's a one-night-only event that's meant to encourage consumers to shop 'til they drop while supporting the fashion industry during the tough economic climate.
Now models, editors, designers, and the fashion conscious pop up in 18 countries around the world (with more than 4,500 events) for boozin', cruisin', and yes, a little shopping. You'll find limited edition products, celebrity appearances, live performances, fashion shows, and plenty of light bites and cocktail hours. But only for three hours tomorrow. We've rounded up the best FNO events happening from Coral Gables to Aventura. Set your stop watches.
Location: Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd.
Stores participating: The Beauty of Fashion, Guess, Desigual, Y-3, True Religion, Tous, Cole Haan, Charles David, L'OCCITANE, Juicy Couture, MAC, Cache, Papyrus, Henri Bendel, Victoria's Secret, Ted Baker, BCBG Max Azria, M. Missoni, Reiss, Aveda, Kiehl's, Inglot, Original Penguin, Sunglass Hut, J. Crew, Steve Madden, Bebe, Bloomingdale's, Nine West, Macy's, Dodo, Faconnable, G-Star RAW, Herve Leger by Max Azria, Kenneth Cole, LOLA
The real draw: Lots of gifts with purchase, drawings for shopping sprees, and even live music (like a violinist at Sunglass Hut). Macy's is hosting fashion bloggers, supermodel Niki Taylor, and Real Housewives of New York's Countess Luann de lesseps, as well as food and drinks.
Hours: 6 - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave.
Stores participating: Gucci, Harry Winston, La Perla, Lanvin, Marc Jacobs, Nanette Lepore, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tory Burch, Trina Turk, Valentino, Chloe, Alexander McQueen, Anne Fontaine
The real draw: Art Forum hosts the Marc Jacobs store; Champagne at Nanette Lepore; Neiman Marcus hosts Brazilian-themed food and drinks from Barton G; designer Nancy Gonzalez; and a dramatic Champagne sabering ritual by the St. Regis Bal Harbour Butlers. Chloe celebrates iconic "Alice" handbag launch with Champagne and DJ Johnny the Boy.
Hours: 6 - 10 p.m., 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. (Neiman Marcus)
Location: The Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave.
Stores participating: Anne Taylor, Bebe, Cole Haan, DVF, Etro, Faconnable, Furla, Gucci, Juicy Couture, La Perla, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Tommy Bahama, White House/Black Market
The real draw: Stores like DVF are hosting cocktails and light bites, and the Village of Merrick Park is hosting a mall-wide fashion show. Ocean Drive is hosting live entertainment, a fashion presentation, mini manicures, and Grey Goose cocktails.
Hours: 6 to 9 p.m.; 6:30 - 10 p.m. (Neiman Marcus)
Stores participating: See Map Above
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The real draw: Hosted by Vogue, with a performance by Afrobeta and Grey Goose Cocktails. At the District Factory, meet and greet with local designers, shop 30 brands of accessories, apparel, vintage, and more.
Hours: 6 - 10 p.m.
Location: Dadeland Mall, 7535 North Kendall Drive
Stores participating: Anne Taylor, Guess, Henri Bendel, Lucky Brand, Nine West, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Steve Madden, White House/Black Market, Zara.
The real draw: Zara features a Spanish Cava bar and DJ. Saks features a beauty bar, mini cupcakes from Clarabelle's Cupcakes and More, Shula's 347 tasting, Alexander McQueen Shoe Trunk Show, a Fendi artisan, and more.
Hours: 6 - 9 p.m.