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Guide to Fashion’s Night Out in Dallas 2012

Fashion's Night Out Dallas

It’s Year #4 for Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out shopping initiative, and like all good shopaholic cities, Dallas is ready to party on Thursday, September 6. Here’s our guide to our favorite hot spots this year.

Where: Park Cities
When: 4 pm to 7 pm
Why: Hit up Elements for a little pre-party philanthropy. This Fashion’s Night Out shindig, co-hosted by Patron magazine benefits One Heart Project, which nobly benefits at-risk and incarcerated youth. Stop by for sweets and cocktails, music by Fred Holston, and complimentary valet, courtesy of Audi. Make a purchase, and you’ll receive a Jean Philippe makeover and a gift bag featuring jewelry designer Erica Weiner.
Sips & Bites: Cocktails by Urban Taco, Tart Bakery sweets, and champagne
RSVP: None

Where: Upper Greenville
When: 4 pm to 6 pm
Why: Consider Movida the perfect pre-Fashion’s Night Out stop. Like, an aperitif before dinner, if you will. Sip, munch, and enjoy a few live tunes. Need a makeup touch-up? Good. MAC artists will be on hand to spruce you up before your next stop. Stick around for the store’s fashion show at 5:15 pm. If you like what you see, go shopping. Your purchase will be 20 percent off.
Sips & Bites: Champagne and cupcakes
RSVP: None


Where: Uptown
When: 4 pm to 7 pm
Why: Creative festivities are happening at The Shak, Stanley Korshak’s contemporary boutique. Like, an interactive competition that challenges shoppers to style themselves from head to toe. Peruse your dream closet for the perfect ensemble, then pick out jewelry, shoes, and accessories. Makeup artists will help you get camera-ready, and a professional photographer will snap your good side. A panel of fashion bloggers will judge and to determine a winner. The entire evening benefits the Family Place.
Sips & Bites: Stoli cosmos and wine popsicles
RSVP: None



Where: Park Cities
When: 6 pm to 10 pm
Why: Highland Park Village is a hub of stylish activity during FNO. On top of two fashion shows produced by Jan Strimple (a luxury version at 7 pm and contemporary at 9 pm), each store hosts it’s only little fête, so you can bounce from shop to shop. It’s like trick-or-treating for cocktails. Find champagne at Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg, Escada, Harry Winston, and Vince; light bites and treats at Cole Haan, Kiehl’s, Leggiadro, Q Custom, and Warren Barrón; grown-up snow cones at Stella McCartney; skinny margaritas at Scoop NYC, an LED photo booth at Trina Turk; and limited edition FNO items at Chanel, Christian Louboutin, and Anne Fontaine.
Sips & Bites: Variety of bubbly and treats around the center
RSVP: None



Where: North Dallas
When: 6 pm to 10 pm
Why: It’s no surprise NorthPark Center, the city’s beloved shopping mecca, does it big for FNO. In addition to mini in-store parties around the mall, you’ll stumble upon beauty stations for product demos and mini makeovers and DJs spinning tunes scattered around the mall. Plus, catch one of three live fashion shows making their way down runways in NorthCourt: Nordstrom, H&M, and more at 6 pm; Neiman Marcus at 7 pm; and Ted Baker, Macy’s, and more at 8 pm. Don’t miss the retrospective of red carpet gowns at Roberto Cavalli, champagne at Barneys, FNO bedazzled tees at Henri Bendel, bubbly and macaroons at Hervé Léger, the Braid Bar at Madewell, limited edition DIY palette cases at Make Up For Ever, light bites and gifts with purchase at Stuart Weitzman, and bang trims, braids, and makeup touchups at Toni & Guy.
Sips & Bites: Variety, of bubbly, cocktails, light bites, and sweets around the mall
RSVP: None



Where: North Dallas
When: 6 pm to 10 pm
Why: NorthPark’s Neiman Marcus is a FNO party in itself. Head to Level Three for the Confections + Cinema + Couture featuring a screening of The September Issue alongside sweet stations by five different bakeries. There’s also Jay Strongwater appearance in Gift Galleries with Oxley Gin cocktails. On Level Two you’ll find a Manolo Blahnik trunk show and live tunes, a Lagos trunk show with FNO edition nail lacquer, a Fendi Baguette handbag celebration, Ray-Ban gifts with purchase, and Cosabella demonstrations. Gents can stick around on Level One for It’s a Man World with cigar rolling, scotch tastings, and a DJ in the mens department.
Sips & Bites: Cocktails, champagne, TART Bakery treats, Tiff’s Treats, Trailer Cakes cupcakes, Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory treats, and Uptown Popcorn around the store
RSVP: None

Where: Knox
When: 7 pm to 9 pm
Why: Forty Five Ten still gets our vote for best place to shop for designer labels. Its edited mix of labels that are more high-fashion than highly flashy makes us swoon every time we visit, and we can’t think of a better spot to mix and mingle on FNO. DJ Lucy Wrubel will be spinning tunes while tequila cocktails and Tex-Mex hors d’oeuvres are passed around.
Sips & Bites: Patrón cocktails and light bites from Mr. Mesero
RSVP: Email rsvp@restandrevolutionpr.com

Where: Park Cities
When: 6 pm to 9 pm
Why: Tootsies has rounded up a few of its favorite bloggers to host this year’s FNO party. Jewelry by Virgins, Saints, & Angels and clothing by Cabe, along with a personal appearance by its designer Kathy Rego are also stars of the evening. Don’t miss the Photomadic photo booth, color consultations by Clishade Custom Cosmetics, tunes by DJ Esquire, and swag bags.
Sips & Bites: Z Tequila cocktails and Rockstar Bakeshop sweets
RSVP: None

Where: Far North Dallas
When: 3 pm to 11 pm
Why: If you’d like, you can make the Galleria FNO an all-day affair. Starting at as early as 3 pm, you’ll spy Sephora beauty stations surrounding Center Court for makeup touch-ups, a Smartwater Shopper Lounge with Skinny Girl drinks at 5 pm, an FGI Shopper Lounge with Skinny Girl drinks at 7 pm, mini cocktail parties with philanthropic proceeds at Bachendorf’s (for the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas), Brahmin, and Carlo Pazolini, and more in-store events around the mall, like style outs, braids, and makeup applications at Toni & Guy, The Photo Stand for keepsake pics outside of Kenneth Cole, mini makeovers at MAC, champagne and desserts at Karen Millen, hand massages at L’Occitane, and a free bar, live DJ, Armani fall preview, Bobbi Brown fall look event, and a Brian Atwood trunk show, all for DIFFA, at Saks Fifth Avenue. Like every year, a highlight of the evening includes two fashion shows produced by Jan Strimple down a quarter-mile runway, “the longest catwalk in America.” Happening at 6 pm and 8 pm.
Sips & Bites: Variety, of bubbly, cocktails, light bites, and sweets around the mall
RSVP: None


Where: Plano
When: 6 pm to 11 pm
Why: Neiman Marcus Willow Bend may be a quieter alternative to NorthPark on a regular day of the week, but during FNO, it should be packed full of partygoers. Enjoy live music by singer Aubree-Anna, live fashion sketches, a personal appearance by jewelry designer Stephanie Anne and the creators of Kale Naturals beauty products, and Tex-Mex drinks and bites being passed around. Catch one of three fashion shows: the couture canines fashion show to benefit the Collin County Humane Society at 6 pm; a Top Ten Trends for Fall show at 7 pm; and a Men’s Trends shows (featuring the FC Dallas soccer team) at 8 pm.
Sips & Bites: Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Mi Cocina and Taco Diner
RSVP: None



Where: North Dallas
When: 6 pm to 8 pm
Why: During Clotheshorse Anonymous’ special two-hour party, you can peruse the racks of consigned clothes so beautiful it’s hard to believe former owners were willing to part with them. Don’t miss pastries, beverages, and 20 percent off anything you buy during the event.
Sips & Bites: Coffee, tea, and petit fours from Stein’s Bakery
RSVP: None

Where: Uptown
When: 5 pm to 7 pm
Why: The Hawaiiana may be new to town, but it’s not missing out on the FNO party. Head over to the island-themed shop for a Tiki cocktail party with tropical drinks, fresh flower leis, and 10 percent off all purchases. Shop for both new things (like Sundry pullovers, Indah caftans, and Jens Pirate Booty tunics) and vintage things (like floral print dresses and cover-ups), plus accessories like kitchy flower headbands and tablewear, along with sea-inspired jewelry full of fresh water pearls from Mignot Sisters.
Sips & Bites: Mai Tai cocktails and Tahitian snacks
RSVP: None

Where: North Dallas
When: 6 pm to 9 pm
Why: While you’re at NorthPark Center, strut your bad self on over to Gregory’s for a little soiree hosted by shop owner Leslie Matney and Pat Smith. Enjoy sips, bites, and most importantly, shoes. Plus, percent of the evening’s sales will benefit Treasure You, Smiths’ nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting women.
Sips & Bites: Cocktails
RSVP: 972-490-1285

When: 6 pm to 8 pm
Why: We’re thrilled our favorite affordable boutique, Milk & Honey, has decided to throw its own Fashion’s Night Out shindig. On top of perusing their new fall merchandise, you can sip, munch (cheese, yes please), and hear lives tunes by an in-house DJ. Plus, there will be a station for on-the-spot nail art. How cool is that?
Sips & Bites: Wine and cheese
RSVP: None

Where: Southlake
When: 5 pm to 10 pm
Why: Don’t live in Big D? Don’t worry. Try Southlake Town Square. Get there early (5 pm) to visit the Beauty Night Out Plaza with pre-party makeup touch-ups. Pop from store to store for mini parties, look for HGTV Design Star celebs Hilari Younger at Michael Kors and Mikel Welch at Pottery Barn, and catch a runway show at 7:30 pm. Don’t miss sips and bites at The Hair Bar, Michael Kors, Malouf’s, and L’Occitane, a braid and ponytail bar at Ann Taylor, discounts at Banana Republic, and more.
RSVP: None


Where: Park Cities
When: 4 pm to 7 pm
Why: Add Snider Plaza’s Bittano boutique to your itinerary. On top of the 20 percent discount you’ll get on anything you purchase, you’ll also score complimentary OPI nail polishes. Sip, shop, score a discount. Sounds perfect to us. Plus, there’s still enough time to scoot over to another location to end the evening.
RSVP: None

Where: Park Cities
When: 9 pm to 11 pm
Why: Just when the party looks to be slowing down in Highland Park Village, it’s just getting started over at its official after party at LAFCO New York. Beauty products by Santa Maria Novella should be enough to seduce you on over, but free vodka cocktails, live tunes by DJ Jennifer Miller, and some of the best people watching of the night ought to do it, for sure.
Sips & Bites: Svedka vodka cocktails
RSVP: Email rsvp@strausspr.com


Where: Far North Dallas
When: 9 pm to midnight
Why: If you’ve ended your night at the Galleria, you’re in the perfect position to pop over to Townhouse for the mall’s official FNO after party. Signature cocktails will benefit the North Texas Food Bank, and happy hour prices are running all night.
Sips & Bites: Svedka vodka cocktails
RSVP: None

Where: Old East Dallas
When: 9 pm to 2 am
Why: When all the other after parties are shutting down, the party at dance club It’ll Do will just be getting going. Dance the rest of the evening, sponsored by Kim Dawson Agency, away to music by DJ Red Eye. There’s no cover and valet parking is available.
Sips & Bites: Bring your wallet; order what you want from the bar
RSVP: RSVP via Facebook

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9 comments on “Guide to Fashion’s Night Out in Dallas 2012

  1. trina turk in highland park village with have special”t” cocktails and yummy baked goods as well as a huge LED photobooth so you can take some fun pics with your friends! there will be a brand spankin new collection in store too :) so much fun!

  2. Love the guide to FNO.. fabulous.. also would like to say .. Hope to see you at Bachendorf’s for SCC.. and their amazing programs.. might also add you can start your holiday shopping early.. Did I hear the word Rolex.. I believe I did.. and just think some of that money goes to SCC…

    thanks D for the great mention.. it’s so appreciated.

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