Fahion's Night Out is back and bigger than ever, with literally hundreds of stores around the city and outer borroughs offering free treats, champagne flutes and extended hours.
But with so many parties to choose from, it can be tricky to plot your course. Never fear, intrepid shoppers: We've rounded up the top 10 parties that are most likely to have the best food, booze and freebies—not to mention celeb sightings.
1. Calvin Klein
654 Madison Ave.
Creative director Francisco Costa will be on hand to co-host Calvin Klein's FNO party with fellow designer Italo Zucchelli and Vogue accessories director Viginia Smith. For a serious celeb sighting, keep an eye out for Dwyane Wade, who will be signing copies of his memoir, "A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball"—although, really, you couldn't miss him if you tried.
150 Franklin St.
If your FNO festivities bring you all the way to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, don't miss local favorite Dalaga, where illustrator Leah Goren will teach guests to make DIY friendship bracelets and peddle limited-edition versions of her illustrated cat-print tanks.
3. Gary Graham
176 Franklin St.
Indie-fave designer Gary Graham is taking a more sophisticated approach to FNO with an evening of cocktails and a large-scale art installation and live performance from art collective Phatom Lim. Of couse, if that sounds a little cerebral (given the evening's champagne intake), you could always just shop.
4. Henri Bendel
712 Fifth Ave.
In addition to flowing prosecco and FNO T-shirts, Henri Bendel is offering a custmizable HB phone case for any purchase of $50 or more. If that's not a convincing enough freebie, you can customize the case onsite with glitzy Swarovski jewels.
449 W. 14th St.
We may not be able to afford anything in their store, but we gotta hand it to them: The Jeffrey guys know how to to throw an FNO party. Hosted by Jessica Chastain and Dan Stevens, their splashy FNO fete will feature jewelry designer Monique Péan as house DJ while Sally Hershberger hair stylists give shoppers slick new 'dos. Best of all: You can detox the prosecco that's surely sloshing through your system with a fresh BluePrint juice.
If you go to just one Fashion's Night Out party, make it this one: the M.A.C. cosmetics store on Broadway will feature a live performance from Azaelia Banks in addition to bumping beats from DJ Cosmo. It's certain to be swamped, so plan to get there early.
7. Manolo Blahnik
31 W. 54th St.
Manolo Blahnik is combining our two favorite things—'80s throwbacks and gorgeous shoes—in a single FNO event: The one and only Cyndi Lauper will perform live at the brand's uptown flagship to celebrate her new Broadway musical "Kinky Boots."
8. Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony is known for its fab FNO events, and this year, it's turning the spotlight on its ACE Hotel location. Working around a funky Korean Town theme, the hotel lobby will be converted into a "noraebang," or a “private” karaoke room, so shoppers can croon their favorite hits between trips to the dressing room to try on the latest from Acne, Rachel Comey and Proenza Schouler.
611 Fifth Ave.
On Fashion's Night Out, Saks transforms into a rtizy high-fashion playground, with appearances by Oscar de la Renta, Max Azria and Vogue favorite Amar'e Stoudemire. Shoppers can also get Suno-print nail art with designers Max Osterweiss and Erin Beatty, a faux tattoo from Rihanna's preferred tattoo artist, Bing Bang of East Side Ink, or have their bangs trimmed by Erin Fetherston. Lets hope the lady is as handy with scissors as she is with cocktail dresses.
31 Crosby St.
For low-maintenance FNO festivities, hit the Saturdays backyard barbecue party for beer and fuss-free fun.
Mark your calendars: Fashion's Night Out kicks off Thursday, Sept. 6 at 6pm.
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Published at 1:22 PM EDT on Aug 28, 2012