By Mrinalini Kamath
While September in New York City means many things to many people (kids going back to school, pools closing, window air conditioner units no longer dripping on you as you walk down the sidewalk) the main thing that it means for fashionistas and Project Runway fans everywhere is that NYC Fashion Week is right around the corner! And with Fashion Week comes September 8th, also known as Fashion’s Night Out, when designers, stylists, beauticians, and cosmeticians invite you to sample their wares for free or for a large discount, often while sipping on something lovely!
Here are some of FNO’s 2011 participants, in alphabetical order (all events take place on September 8th unless otherwise noted):
Assouline – The Plaza, 59th Street and Fifth Avenue, Lobby Mezzanine
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sip a Cabana Cachaà§a Caipirinha while sharing a samba with a Carnaval dancer, as Assouline celebrates FNO with the author of Brazilian Style, Armand Limnander and designers Carlos Miele & Alexandre Herchcovitch. RSVP to [email protected]
BITE Beauty – Sephora 711 Lexington Ave (Between 57th and 58th Streets), 6 – 11 p.m.
Get ready to take a BITE out of the Big Apple after a complimentary session with one of BITE Beauty’s professional make up artists. Get a sneak peek of products coming to Sephora this fall, and as an added bonus, the first 1,000 people to purchase a BITE product at this event will receive a free gift.
Blanc de Chine and China Grill Celebration – Blanc de Chine, 673 Fifth Avenue at 53rd Street, 6:00- 8:00PM
Toast to Asian-inspired Blanc de Chine’s Fall 2011 Collection with champagne and a tasting menu by China Grill. Enter a raffle to win a luxurious travel blanket.
Boyfriend Fragrance – Sephora Times Square 6pm-7pm and Sephora 5th Avenue 8pm- 9pm.
Kate Walsh created this fragrance after breaking up with a boyfriend. Missing his scent, she went to a fragrance counter and bought a man’s fragrance and realized, “Wait a minute, you don’t need a boyfriend to have a Boyfriend!” Slip on a red dress and go to Sephora, where you can sip champagne and meet Kate Walsh while being schooled in your perfect shade of red with complimentary lip color applied by the experts at Sephora.
Caudalie – Sephora, 5 Times Square, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Patrons of the beauty brand will have a chance to try their INSTANT PERFECTING regimen at from 6 p.m.- 11 p.m. featuring all-star products, including the Luxe Premier Cru Eye Cream, brand new Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid and beloved Beauty Elixir. From 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., guests will get styled by uber-chic Caudalie Co-Founder Mathilde Thomas and photographed in a Film Noir-esque photo shoot, by Caudalie Co-Founder and photographer Bertrand Thomas.
Caravan – SKY ROOM, 330 West 40th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues, 8pm – 11pm
You can join the stylists of Caravan at the Skyroom, where there will be special performances, rotating DJs, MAGNUM Super Premium Ice Cream, amazing cocktails, and a pop-up store featuring NY Designers such as Walter, Boy Meets Girl, Ann Yee including a full DEMETER fragrance library and more.
RSVP at [email protected].
For more updates on hosts & happenings visit http://www.shopcaravan.com
Guess? and NYX Cosmetics – 575 Fifth Avenue, 537 Broadway and 514 Broadway, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
NYX Cosmetics will be giving touch-ups and mini-makeovers as you’re given a sneak peek into this fall’s fashion and beauty trends.
Karen Millen and UNITE – VOGUE’s FNO, 114 Prince Street, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Stop by Karen Millen and get a “Stylist Session” with a head-to-toe makeover with wardrobe from Karen Millen and hairstyling provided by a UNITE specialist. Post-makeoverees will be invited to have their photograph taken and entered into a contest to win a Karen Millen shopping spree. The first 30 customers to arrive at the Karen Millen store will receive a free gift from UNITE and one lucky fashionista will win a piece from the Karen Millen 30th Anniversary Collection!
Kusmi Tea – 1037 Third Avenue, 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sockerbit Candy Store, 89 Christopher Street, 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
To celebrate Fashion’s Night Out, Russo-Parisian Kusmi Tea will be handing out samples of one of their Wellness Teas, Detox (Lady Gaga’s favorite) with every purchase. From 4 – 7 p.m., shoppers who spend more than $35 will receive a complimentary hand massage by an expert from Molton Brown, the British skincare specialists. At the Sockerbit Candy Store, you can sip Kusmi’s Iced Strawberry Green Tea while listening to DJ-spun tunes.
LOEHMANN’S – 101 Seventh Avenue, 6:30 p.m., 2101 Broadway
Loehmann’s, the nation’s first upscale off-price apparel retailer, will be holding its first ever runway show at its flagship store in Chelsea, hosted by celebrity stylist Felix Mercado, at 6:30 and then again at 7:30, featuring 25 different outfits put together from Loehmann’s famous “Back Room” collection of high-end designer collections. Refreshments will be served and wine provided by Little Black Dress Wines. Also, both the Chelsea and Upper West Side stores will be holding Designer Sample Sale with Oscar de la Renta, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni, Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier, Etro and others in the house!
MAC Make-up – This coveted brand will be showing its face at several places around town:
Bergdorf Goodman, Beauty Department, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. – Shoppers who purchase a CND Effects set of four dazzling polishes ($40) receive a FREE Shellac manicure service, while supplies last.
Malandrino Boutique (655 Hudson Street) 6pm – 11pm
Complimentary CND Shellac services will be offered on first come, first serve basis.
Mobile Shellac Manicure Van – CND Shellac services will be on the move throughout Fashion Week, thanks to CND’s hot new wheels. 3.1 Phillip Lim Soho store in the evening on 9/8 and Lincoln Center all day on 9/9 and 9/10). Tweet with hashtag #ShellacMobileManiNYC
Molton Brown – Saks Fifth Avenue, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Have your fortune told by Mystic Michelle, the tarot reader, as you sample Molton Brown’s Fine Fragrances, a new line of unisex scents inspired by countries on the ancient spice route. For having your cards read, you’ll receive a complimentary luxury miniature sample from the best-selling Body Essentials core collection while supplies last. If you have your cards read and purchase at least $140 in Molton Brown products, you’ll receive a sample set of Fine Fragances.
Olehenriksen and Temptu Event – Sephora at 34th Street, Herald Square, 6:00 pm. – 9:00 p.m.
Learn how you can improve your beauty regimen with tips and tricks provided by Olehenriksen and Temptu. The Zoe Project’s celebrity makeup artist, Joey Maalouf, will offer paparazzi-proof tips to ensure you always look your best.
The Plaza Beauty – One West 58th Street, 6pm-11pm
Enjoy an evening of giveaways, discount offers and complimentary pampering, courtesy The Plaza Beauty. Visitors will have the chance to win a Jemma Kidd Make Up School bundle worth $300, as well as luxurious products and accessories from the likes of Caron, Azagury Fragrance, Debra Sylar Jewelry and more. The Plaza Beauty will also be raffling off free makeovers every hour to be used within 3 months in store. Beauty experts from Goldfaden Skincare will be in-store treating guests to rejuvenating hand exfoliation massages. Shoppers will also receive complimentary gifts from prestigious beauty brands such as, LuMesh, BECCA, Whish, Antica and Infusion Organique, with any purchase.
QVC and OleHenriksen – 428 Broadway, Suspenders Building at Broadway and Howard Street, 6:00PM – Midnight
Still can’t get enough of OleHenriksen and Temptu? Learn the latest and greatest beauty tips and tricks at this event which includes special guests Heidi Klum, Kris Jenner and brand founder Ole Henriksen. You will be treated to OleHenriksen’s “anti-gravity complexion treatment” and Temptu’s “perfect foundation.”
Roy Teeluck Salon – 5 East 57th Street, September 7th & 8th
Instead of having a Fashion’s Night Out event, Roy Teeluck Salon will be having a pre-FNO event where you can try the $57 pre-FNO special. Choose from:
1) Haircut & Blowout
2) Deep Conditioning Scalp Treatment & Blowout
3) Blowout & Manicure.
Call 212-888-2221 to book an appointment.
St. Tropez – Sephora Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Circle, 2nd Floor, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Join St. Tropez Celebrity skin finishing experts Sophie Evans and Fiona Locke as they share all their backstage secrets & giveaway tons of product. There will be complimentary spray tanning for arms, legs and face, as well as a demonstration on a gorgeous male model, with a tanning booth right in the store. As a bonus, all Sephora customers will receive a free gift with a St. Tropez purchase and be eligible to win a prize of St. Tropez products (value of $200).
TammyFender.com, September 8th from 6-11pm EST
In honor of Fashion’s Night Out, famed aesthetician Tammy Fender is offering free shipping on the night of September 8th from 6-11pm EST at http://www.tammyfender.com with every order. In addition to free shipping, each consumer who places an order will receive a complimentary travel-sized Epi-Peel, one of Tammy Fender’s most popular items. Tammy Fender products are holistic medicines, stimulating the mind and body with wholesome organic ingredients. The Epi-peel is formulated with rosemary, an herb native to southern Europe known as a symbol of vitality. The rejuvenating mask removes dead surface cells as it refines pores and eliminates impurities, leaving skin fresh, even and renewed.
Thymes.com, September 8th, 6pm – 11pm EST
In celebration of Fashion’s Night Out, Thymes, the leading fragrance brand in the U.S. specialty market and a product line inspired by a love of art and nature, is offering a special promotion for the night of September 8th. Log onto http://www.Thymes.com between the times of 6pm and 11pm EST and receive a complimentary Bergamot Vert Hand Cream with any purchase (no minimum purchase required) with the code, “FNO.”