So Fashion Week is soon to be upon us, and that means Fashion’s Night Out. This year the freebies aren’t anywhere near as plentiful, but there is still a lot of fun to be had. Here are some of my top picks for interesting things to do from a menswear perspective, in no particular order.
1. Alexander McQueen
Though not listed on the official FNO website, the party is invitation only from 6:30 – 7:30pm. Register on their website for an invitation, show up at 6:30 and pick a card from their wall for a chance to win a prize.
2. Ted Baker London
Just down the street from McQueen on Little W 12th St, Ted Baker will host a celebration of Britain’s national dish, fish & chips. Stop by for some specialty cocktails and see what they have in store. If nothing else, it will definitely be memorable.
3. Kenneth Cole New York
Head over to any of the Kenneth Cole New York boutiques and check in on Foursquare for a complimentary tote (the first 20 people get one signed by the man himself). Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and the chance to win a $1000 gift card.
The Gant stores on Bleecker and Fifth Ave and the Rugger store on Prince are offering complimentary drinks, shopping incentives on purchases during FNO hours, and the chance to win a $1000 shopping spree.
5. rag & bone
Last year, SoHo was a disaster thanks in large part to the Kardashians. Luckily, they appear to be engaged elsewhere so it might be safe to venture down to rag & bone’s speakeasy themed soiree at the Mercer Street location. The men behind the label will be there with cast members from Boardwalk Empire and a special musical performance. Purchases over $350 get a GWP and all purchases get to roll the dice at checkout for a shopping incentive.
6. Tiffany & Co.
While there, pop down the street to Tiffany’s new store on Wooster as they celebrate 175 years of style. There will be art, music, fashion, and drinks so I think it is definitely worth checking out if you are in the area.
7. Ernest Alexander
A few blocks over on Thompson, Ernest Alexander Sabine himself will be there premiering a new tote line and explaining the inspirations for his designs. It sounds like it could be a very unique and interesting experience.
8. The Shops at Target Pop-Up Shop
I'm really excited about the Odin collection for the Shops at Target opening on September 9. On Fashion's Night Out, at 441 W 14th St near the high line, there will be a pop-up that gives us lucky New Yorkers the chance to shop the collections before it is available to the rest of the world. It will probably be one of the most popular events of the night, so be sure to get there early.
If you are looking for a one-stop shop for drinking and shopping, department stores are a good stand-by and Bloomingdales on 59th St seems like the best choice this year. There are a lot of cool in-store appearances by the likes of Matchbox Twenty, Sam Shipley (Shipley & Halmos), Doug and Ben Burkman (Burkman Bros.), and Morgan Collett and Josh Rosen (Saturdays Surf) plus music, a Fred Perry ping pong tournament, and probably a plentiful supply of drinks throughout the building. There is also a launch event for Thomas Pink from 6-8 and a men’s suiting event from 6-9 featuring $500 off a $2000 purchase and a Turnbull & Asser GWP (which is a fantastic deal if you are in the market).
What will you be doing on Fashion’s Night Out?