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Celebrate Fashion's Night Out

Kristin Larson is a nationally published writer on fashion, beauty, travel and entertainment. She has written for MSN, Real Simple, Women's Wear Daily, PeopleStyleWatch.com, LifetimeTV.cm and Glam.com. Besides writing, her other passions...

A guide to the ultimate shopping night in NYC

Mark your calendars: Fashion’s Night Out is right around the corner, on Sept. 8. From Los Angeles to Paris, the third annual shopping extravaganza is the ultimate shopping night, with thousands of stores open late and offering fun perks and deals to boost fashion and shopping.

Fashion Night Out

Fashion Night Out

Imagine if shopping felt like a nightclub, where retail stores were filled with DJs, live music, free-flowing cocktails and even celebrities.

Enter Fashion's Night. The third annual shopping extravaganza is here again, on Sept. 8, with nearly every city around the globe celebrating the night designed to boost the fashion industry and retail sales. While you can partake in FNO in most cities across the US, we focused on New York City, where FNO kicks off Fashion Week. The following are our destination and hotel picks for experiencing fashion's biggest night, whether you want to see celebrities or just catch some fun events. For a complete list of FNO events in any city, visit FashionsNightOut.com.

Celebrity seeker ...

At Avenue, 711 Third Ave., meet actress and singer, Brooke Elliott, currently on Lifetime's original hit series Drop Dead Diva, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Meet Nicky Hilton when she launches her clothing line Nicholai at Big Drop, 174 Spring St. Plus receive a gift with purchase from Nicky's collection and enjoy cocktails and drinks.

Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe will be at Bloomingdale's, 1000 Third Ave., from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The stylist is debuting her new clothing and accessories collection.

Join Tim Gunn at Lucky Brand, 535 Broadway, and receive a signed copy of his book Gunn's Golden Rules when you spend $150 or more.

Fun FNO happenings ...

Some Enchanted Evening

Get your makeup done. Head to Maybelline at Gansevoort Plaza on Little West 12th in the Meatpacking District. Visit the Color Studio and enjoy mini-makeovers by Maybelline New York makeup artists. Then capture the moment forever in a photo booth on site.

Meet celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann at Barneys New York's Madison Avenue location and get a personal consultation from her about your nails. Then receive a complimentary polish change and a full size "Some Enchanted Evening" nail color with a purchase of $35 or more. Call (212) 826-8900, ext. 2686, to make an appointment.

Head to Forever 21, where Twilight star Christian Serratos will be on hand to greet fans, sign autographs and mingle with the crowd. 1540 Broadway, 7 to 9 p.m.

At Milly, designer Michelle Smith will host the party from 7 to 8 p.m. at her new Milly flagship boutique at 900 Madison Ave. Shoppers can sip champagne and participate in the "Best Milly Look" contest by styling FNO merchandise with pieces from the Milly collection. The prize? A gift card — to shop, of course.

Fashionable hotels ...

The Benjamin Hotel

6 Columbus, a Thompson Hotel. Situated just minutes from the hub of Fashion Week at Columbus Circle, the sleek hotel is offering 20 percent off studio king and king suites, plus a welcome bottle of red wine. The offer is good from Sept. 5 to Sept. 12. Visit Thompsonhotels.com or call (212) 204-3000.

The Benjamin, 125 E. 50th St. Celebrate FNO in supreme style with the "Fashionista Fling" package at the swanky Benjamin Hotel. It includes two $50 American Express gift cards, two cocktails, brunch for two at The National by Food Network chef Geoffrey Zakarian, retail discounts, 3 p.m. late checkout, and 20 percent off treatments at the Wellness Spa. Visit thebenjamin.com or call (212) 715-2500.

Crosby Street Hotel, 79 Crosby St. Enjoy breakfast for two, a bottle of bubbly upon arrival and endless complimentary movies (that is, if you can stop shopping) during this special package. Book by visiting crosbystreethotel.com, or call (212) 226-6400 and mention the promotion code SODO.

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Photo credit: www.FashionsNightOut.com

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