City Pulse

By Ashley Goldsmith

If we were to play one of those word association games and I gave you the word “fashion”, I’m sure the first thing that comes to mind would be style and glamour and the last thing you’d think of would be charity. But you’re wrong, that’s so last season!

In a global attempt to promote retail, restore consumer confidence and celebrate fashion, the CFDA and Vogue have teamed up to create an evening long extravaganza in the world’s fashion capitals. BN’s own fashion capital, New York, will be home to a sleuth of events on Fashion’s Night Out from designer cook-offs and mini-facials to cupcakes and manicures.

The FNO initiative also marks the support of two important New York charities: The September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center will receive 40 percent of the proceeds from the sale of a limited-edition Fashion’s Night Out T-shirt (see image) at participating retailers. The NYC AIDS Fund will benefit from a citywide clothing drive, sponsored by IMG, that will begin on September 10 at various retail and public locations and end on September 12.

Here’s our suggested itinerary for the evening, all events take place from 6-11pm.

Bergdorf Goodman, 6:00pm- Padma Lakshmi, host of Bravo’s Top Chef, judges a designer cook-off with Cynthia Rowley, Edward Bess, Gilles Medel, Lela Rose, Naeem Khan and Peter Som.

Bergdorf’s & Barneys, 7:00pm- Complimentary mini-facial and makeup application courtesy of Chantecaille.

Betsey Johnson Boutiques, 8:00pm- Get complimentary Stila makeovers while sipping champagne and previewing Betsey Johnson’s latest collection.

Time Warner Center, 9:00pm- Wine and chocolates at Eileen Fisher and FNO t-shirts for sale at Bebe.

Tracy Reese Boutique, 9:30pm- Complimentary manicures by Sally Hansen featuring shades inspired by Tracy Reese collections.

Shops at the Plaza, 10:00pm- Meet Joel Warren and Edward Tricomi to discuss current beauty trends and demonstrate what’s happening in both color & hair styles. You can also enter to win a custom-made hair band from Lucia Hair Designs as well as a day of beauty gift certificate for the Warren-Tricomi Hair Salon.

Korres Boutiques, 10:30pm- Enjoy a detox bar serving complimentary antioxidant-infused cocktails based on the Greek skincare brand’s natural ingredients – Wild Rose, Pomegranate, Thyme Honey & Sugar Crystal – along with delicious cupcakes also “packed” with natural ingredients.

For a full list of Fashion’s Night Out events, log on to http://fashionsnightout.com/directory.php

Originally published September 2009
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