Get ready for the world’s largest celebration of fashion Thursday evening (Sept. 8), when stores and malls across South Florida offer special promotions, runway shows, musical performances, designer and celebrity guest appearances, food and other festivities.
Fashion’s Night Out, in its third year, is promising its biggest party yet, geared to promote the fashion industry and give shoppers a reason to spend money, have fun and enjoy the newest looks for the fall season - while sipping a cocktail, of course.
“The idea is to create experiences that bring people to fashion in a different way than they have before,” said Susan Portnoy, New York-based spokeswoman for Fashion’s Night Out.
Conceived by Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, the event started in 2009 in New York as a way to celebrate fashion, restore consumer confidence and boost the industry’s economy during the recession. It has since grown to include stores in more than 250 U.S. cities and 18 countries, including Brazil, China and Japan, Portnoy said.
Here is a sampling of local Fashion’s Night Out events, which run for varying hours within a 6 p.m. to 11 p.m time frame.
19501 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
More than 75 stores will offer everything from live music to discounts, gifts with purchase and other promotions, said Anabel Llopis, director of sales and marketing for Aventura Mall. And the first 150 shoppers who show same day receipts for more than $150 in the mall will receive a special Fashion’s Night Out tote bag at the MasterCard concierge desk.
A runway fashion show and exhibit, “Decades of Passion for Fashion,’’ created with celebrity stylist Danny Santiago, will begin at 7 p.m. in the mall’s fountain court.
Macy’s will have a fall fashion presentation hosted by Jill Zarin of ‘Real Housewives of New York’ at 6:30 p.m.The first 100 shoppers who spend $50 or more at Macy’s can meet Zarin, receive her autographed picture and get a complimentary cosmetics clutch.
Cole Haan will offer the chance to enter to win a new pair of Cole Haan shoes every month for a year.
Donald J. Pliner will have a DJ and refreshments, and give 20 percent off a purchase of $500 or more.
Ted Baker London will offer complimentary “Tedtinis,’’ “Brit DJ sounds” and a gift with any purchase.
Zingara Swimwear will have cupcakes, champagne, an espresso bar and beauty makeovers. Complimentary beach sandals will be given as a gift with purchase of more than $200.
BAL HARBOUR SHOPS
9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour
Neiman Marcus is partnering with Plum Miami Magazine to host a fall trends fashion show, with music by DJ Affect, bites by Il Mulino New York, Texas de Brazil and Divine Delicacies Cakes and lipstick portraits by Lipstick Artists.
Chloe is hosting an event with champagne and music from DJ Johnny the Boy. A Polaroid instant mobile printer will be available to link to shoppers’ cameras or smartphones, to print shots of fashion or partygoers.
“We’d love for people to come and have fun with us and enjoy their time,’’ said Jose Manrique, store manager for Chloe at Bal Harbour.
Yves Saint Laurent will offer champagne and gourmet macaroons. The store is donating 15 percent of the evening’s proceeds to the Bass Museum of Art.
Fendi will donate 20 percent of proceeds from the evening’s purchases to the Wolfsonian-FIU.
VILLAGE OF MERRICK PARK
358 San Lorenzo Ave, Suite 3000, Coral Gables
Beginning at 6 p.m., the mall will host events including music by DJ Ess & Emm, complimentary cocktails, light bites and informal modeling. Shoppers can enjoy a photo booth session with a $25 purchase from any retailer.
More than 40 stores are participating with food, drink, discounts, gifts with purchase or performances.
Neiman Marcus is planning a major event, in partnership with Ocean Drive Magazine, including a fall trends fashion show on an elevated runway, music by DJ Rascal, complimentary ping pong, a “Bordeaux Beauty Bar’’ with mini-manicures, a photo booth, and Grey Goose cocktails from mixologists from Soho Beach House, Sra. Martinez, Sustain restaurant + bar, and STK.
“We wanted to really do it up this year,’’ said Neiman Marcus Coral Gables spokeswoman Katharine Rubino.
Nordstrom will also celebrate, offering specialty cocktails at an open “mega-bar,’’ informal modeling, and the chance to enter to win a $500 shopping spree.
3841 NE 2nd Ave., Miami
At least 13 retailers will participate in the evening’s activities, including The Webster at Luminaire, Marni, Maison Martin Margiela, Duncan Quinn, Anya Ponorovskaya, En Avance, Tomas Maier, Kiliwatch Miami, Nectar de Stagni, Sebastien James, Turchin Love & Light Collection, I on the District and Y-3.
Shoppers also can enjoy complimentary Grey Goose cocktails at Oak Plaza on 39th Street. And there will be live musical performances by Agape and Artofficial from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Palm Court, said Anna Williams, vice president of marketing for Dacra, developers of the Design District.
8888 SW 136th Street, Miami
The open-air mall will have a special welcome tent featuring fashion vignettes, cosmetics demonstrations, hors d’oeuvres from Macy’s Taste Bar and cocktails by Blue Martini Kendall.
Various stores will participate, including Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Aeropostale, Banana Republic, Brighton Collectibles, Brooks Brothers, Caché, Flip Flop Shops, Francesca’s Collections, Nine West, Norka and Pac Sun.