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The Ultimate Guide to 2011’s Fashion’s Night Out (From NYMag.com)


What New York lacks in Mardi Gras it makes up for in Fashion's Night Out. Tomorrow, for the third year in a row, the night meant to fight the recession by getting people out of their apartments and into stores will turn this city's retail landscape into a celebrity-and-booze-saturated amusement park for adults, where you might not get beads for boobs, but you're likely to get champagne and mini-burgers just for showing up somewhere. Since so much stuff is going on — involving so many celebrities, so many free drinks, and so much free food — you'll want a plan before you head into the madness, which is why we spent days going through every FNO event and putting together a guide to help you reach your personal FNO goals, whether you want to get drunk, get fed, or get photos with celebs for your Facebook page.

For example, if you like a little healthy competition: Tavi Gevinson is judging a forties-themed costume contest at Miu Miu and Barbie organized a scavenger hunt. If you're more into shameless celeb-spotting, the rumor is that Pauly D has left the Jersey Shore for a night to make an appearance at DASH.

If, however, sweat pants and takeout sound more appealing than tomorrow night’s forecast of rain, traffic jams, and drunken throngs, you can find photos and musings from the night as they happen on The Cut's twitter feed. For those of you venturing out into the elements, you should check the Fashion's Night Out site for specific times or call stores ahead to make sure they're not experiencing rain delays, because the only thing worse than meeting Anna Dello Russo with sopping wet hair is missing out on seeing Anna Dello Russo with sopping wet hair.

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Stop by… If you want to…
Bloomingdale's
beat Rachel Zoe to the punch and squeal  “I die” first; swoon over Donald Glover and Eddie Cibrian who’ll both be hosting in-store events – also around are Alexander Wang, Richard Chai, Patrik Ervell, Alejandro Ingelmo, Erin Wasson and Edun founder Ali Hewson.
Bergdorf Goodman
… fall in love with fashion folks’ dogs, who’ll walk their very own runway in the store’s second annual FNO Dog Show – Reem Acra, Joseph Altuzarra, Wes Gordon, Bibhu Mohapatra, and Lela Rose are among the designers with pets in the contest; regress back to your 10-year-old self and covet a special FNO doll created by Jason Wu; consider the pros and cons presented by Glenn O’Brien, Whoopi Goldberg, and Cintra Wilson at a debate on mustaches, and meet Oscar de la Renta too.  
Macy's … wear a sequin-embellished watermelon slice as a fascinator to impress Anna Dello Russo; take copious notes at ANTM's Miss Jay’s shoe seminar (and get a foot massage too); get a cookbook signed by Sandra Lee, and say hi to Tommy Hilfiger, Rachel Roy, Bobbi Brown, Kelly Rowland, Pretty Little Liars actress Shay Mitchell, and models Coco Rocha and Karolina Kurkova, who’ll all be making personal appearances.
Saks … brave the tweeny hoards to get a tee signed by Simon Spurr and Joe Jonas; braid your hair with Rebecca Minkoff and The Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine; surf with Yigal Azrouël, paint digital masterpieces with Doo-Ri Chung, Christian Cota, and Pamella Roland, get a hat signed by singer Ne-Yo, and have heartfelt moments with many more fashion A-Listers including Prabal Gurung, Carmen Marc Valvo, Tilda Swinton, Pringle's Alistair Carr, Waris Ahluwalia, and Ryan McGinley.
Billionaire Boy's Club
… succumb to the crowds of hip-hop fans jostling for a glimpse of Pharrell Williams.
Calvin Klein
… crane your neck looking up at supermodel Lara Stone and basketball star Amar’e Stoudemire; and get some style advice from Vogue’s Tonne Goodman as well as Calvin Klein designers Francesco Costa and Italo Zucchetti.
Giorgio Armani … listen to a conversation between Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett on the subject of the new Broadway plan, moderated by Vogue's theater critic Adam Green.
Lord & Taylor
… shake some pom-poms with New York Jets Flight Crew Cheerleaders, see Vogue’s Candy Pratts Price unveiling some special window displays, and rub shoulders with – among other big names – Tadashi Shoji and Ivanka Trump.
Dolce & Gabbana … watch some artsy foreign films – Italian romances, to be specific – in the company of glamorous folk including soccer star Thierry Henry, male model Tyson Beckford, and socialite Lauren Santo Domingo.
Target … be the first to snap up pieces from the hotly anticipated collection of Missoni pieces for Target at a special pop-up store in Times Square. Spend over $100 and you can have your photo taken, prom-pic style, with Angela and Margherita Missoni, too.
David Yurman … schmooze with actress Camille Belle and top models Joan Smalls and Arizona Muse.
Stuart Weitzman
… chat with actresses Michelle Trachtenberg and Hayden Panettiere about the special shoes they’ve designed for Stuart Weitzman, proceeds from the sales of which will benefit ovarian cancer research.
Kirna Zabête … shop exclusive FNO merch by designers including Joseph Altuzarra, Thakoon Panichgul, Prabal Gurung, Lizzie Fortunato, Peter Som, Sang A’s Sang A Im-Propp, and Proenza Schouler’s Jack and Lazaro, who’ll all be making appearances throughout the evening.
Roger Vivier
… get your photo taken with supermodel Jessica Stam. And then feel frumpy.
Sunglass Hut … get your photo taken with supermodel Chanel Iman. And then feel frumpy again, yay!
American Eagle … get your photo taken with model Cintia Dicker. And then feel a sense of deja-vu-related frumpiness, by which point it may stop being fun.
Victoria's Secret Soho
… brave sharing a room with Victoria’s Secret Angels Adriana Lima, Erin Heatherton, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Lily Aldridge. If you’re not feeling frumpy enough already (see above), you can have your photo taken with them, too.
Bottega Veneta … gape at how pretty Rose Byrne is in real life, and then down some complimentary cocktails afterwards (in case you’re embittered by how pretty she is).
Alexis Bittar … watch the sure-to-be-fascinating social dynamics between Vogue's senior accessories editor Selby Drummond and performance artist Ladyfag. (Purchase a cuff designed by Selby and Alexis Bittar and receive a free Rent the Runway dress rental too.)
New York & Company
… mingle with some of New York’s Real Housewives: Ramona Singer, Kelly Killoren Bensimon and LuAnn du Lesseps. (Bonus points to anyone getting LuAnn to sing.)
Marc by Marc Jacobs … give a toast to supermodel Bar Refaeli with complimentary cans of Sofia champagne.
Express … smize with the contestants in America’s Next Top Model’s All Star cycle. And then ask them for gossip on Tyra, obviously.
Manolo Blahnik
… have a pair of shoes signed by Sarah Jessica Parker – though this will likely mean you can never wear them in case you smudge her autograph.
Jeffrey
… indulge in some Broadway-style theatrics with How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rose Hemingway.
Ralph Lauren … sip champagne with polo player and face of the brand’s fragrance Nacho Figueras.
rag & bone … party down with Carmelo and La La Anthony, as well as rag & bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville.
J.Crew
… maybe just bump into J.Crew’s president and creative director Jenna Lyons.
Payless Shoe Source … pose for a photo with Payless’s designer collaborators Christian Siriano, Lela Rose, and Isabel Todelo.
Lucky Brand Jeans
… spend $150 to get a signed copy of Tim Gunn’s book Gunn’s Golden Rules, and probably some warm words, too. Because that Tim is a charmer.
Sephora Times Square … vamp it up with True Blood’s Kristin Bauer; meet Lancôme's video makeup artist Michelle Phan.
Nine West … patronize Nine West’s Runway Relief program to raise money for breast cancer research, and chat with "noted fashion photographer" Nigel Barker in the process. (Ask for more gossip on Tyra Banks too, in case the Top Model contestants couldn't/wouldn't dish.)
Big Drop
… consider learning how to look like Nicky Hilton. Or don't, but just go along and gawk all the same?
Swarovski … risk hearing what George Kotsiopoulos, co-host on E!’s Fashion Police, thinks about your outfit.

Some Backstage Pics from FNO (from NYMag)

Some photos from Stylemint