These are the top 10 stores to check out during New York's Fashion Night Out.
On September 8, close to 1,000 shops citywide will keep their doors open until 11pm to offer one-night-only shopping incentives, exclusive products, in-store designer and celebrity appearances—and a raucous good time. Here’s the best of what they have planned. Free. Locations throughout the city; visit fashionsnightout.com for more info.
Though all three locations of this fashion-forward chainlet will be hawking Rachel Comey–archive print silk shift dresses ($150) and tote bags ($30) created exclusively for FNO, we’re making a beeline to the Williamsburg location. There, local artist J. Penry will sketch portraits and play records for the opening of his exhibit of bird drawings. The trio of shops will give away tote bags emblazoned with one of Penry’s images and the Park Slope and Cobble Hill outposts will serve prosecco and cookies. Still, that pales in comparison with the snacks from the Morris Grilled Cheese Truck and Tito’s Vodka specialty cocktails only available in Billyburg. Park Slope, Cobble Hill: 6–9pm • Williamsburg: 6–11pm •shopbird.com
This boutique collaborated with footwear brand Osborn to allow each of the designers it represents—Soulland, H Fredriksson, Mary Meyer, Study NY and Chromat—to create a limited-edition shoe especially for FNO. The store is also throwing a Guatemalan-themed bash, complete with Illegal Mezcal cocktails and live performances.(internationalplayground.com). 7–10pm.
Take a basic outfit to the next level with eye-catching baubles from a.v. max and Deepa Gurnani’s bejeweled headbands. Both are being offered at a 10 percent discount at this ultragirly chain’s new Soho location, which will serve drinks all night long. (winknyc.com). 6–11pm.
Owner-designer Chuck Guarino will discount his leather-and-denim-heavy fall collection up to 40 percent and give away his edgy hand-screen-printed totes and tees. A DJ and free drinks will officially make it a badass party. (thecast.com). 7–10pm.
Lomography Gallery Store
If you’ve ever been curious about what goes on behind the scenes at a clothing label, you’ll love checking out “From Start to Finish: The Analogue Process of Fashion.” Local designers— Rebecca Turbow, Samantha Pleet and Janet Kim of Graey and Hayden-Harnett—were provided with various Lomography cameras and films to document their design process. Each designer will also present three to four of her pieces.(lomography.com). 7–10pm.
JF & Son
To kick off its latest artist collaboration with Amy Yao, this textile-obsessed brand will be hosting a live performance by Yao, and unveil the 13-piece capsule collection of clothing and accessories. The first 150 guests will also walk away with an Amy Yao–designed tote bag containing a poster and a limited-edition Amy Yao x JF & Son lookbook.(jfandson.com). 6–9pm.
We adore this worldly boutique, which sources its trendy wares from more than two dozen countries. To showcase the fruits of her globe-trotting, owner Erica Kiang is hosting a sample sale, offering up to 75 percent off of hard-to-find women’s clothing brands, such as Aussie labels myPetsQuare and sQ the Label, and Denmark line Nümph. Gratis champagne while you shop makes the deals even sweeter. (babelfair.com). 5–9pm.
Get a peek at owner Jessica Caulfield’s clothing line, which is debuting on FNO and will be exclusive to the tastemaking boutique. You can also nosh on Mediterranean snacks from Pera Turkish Tacos truck while you sway to the live beats of Wylie, a five-piece indie-rock band from Charleston, South Carolina. (jessiejamesonline.com). 7–11pm.
Support young designers (and your girls!) at this upscale lingerie store, which is hosting a trunk show featuring the latest collections from emerging labels Kriss Soonik, La Fée Verte and Bazsarorózsa. In addition to the select wares offered at a 20 percent discount, there will be a DJ spinning, custom cocktails from the Dinner Belle and a giveaway of $500 worth of underthings from the featured designers. (journelle.com). 8–11pm.
This charming boutique is known for its backyard garden and killer selection of dresses—a mix of vintage pieces, house-label frocks and designs from contemporary brands like Amanda Uprichard and Yumi Kim—and both remain a draw for FNO, when everything in the store will be 15 percent off. Show up early to snag a glass of gratis pink prosecco for sipping alfresco. (darlingnyc.com). 7–10pm.