Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Luxe File ♥s: Fashion's Night Out '11

It's torture. Summer's given notice without barely a backward glance, our tans are fading at the speed of Mickey Rourke's career and every piece of chalk-colored clothing we own has been banished to the back of our closets with all the other little monsters. Luckily, we have the perfect excuse to keep breathing: Fashion's Night Out (FNO).

Originally inspired by style titan Anna Wintour, this one-night-only, after-hours shopping extravaganza will sweep shoppers off their stilettos with an exciting array of style-studded events, from fashion shows and VIP lounges to beauty makeovers and tastings. (Too many to list, check out Luxe File's favs at the bottom.)

Vogue magazine's editor-in-chief and
Fashion's NIght Out creator, Anna Wintour

Luxe File checked-in with some of the city's top style setters, and a few of our favorite fashionistos, to see which FNO fêtes they'd be attending and, more importantly!, the designer duds they'd be rocking on the red carpets. Here's what some of them had to say:

Kiran Advani
Fashion Programming Director, The Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture

Parties she's attending: This year Chicago has gone all out for Fashion's Night Out (FNO) and there really are too many amazing events to pick just one to attend. This night gets me especially excited and starts my countdown for Fashion Focus Chicago, happening October 17-23, 2011.

I also plan to spend the day and night supporting local designers and independent retailers as much as possible, while also making appearances at stores where my friends are hosting haute happenings. I start FNO at Saks Fifth Avenue for the ribbon-cutting with Chicago's very own, Brian Atwood, of the new 10022-SHOE designer shoe salon.

Then I'm off to a FNO luncheon at Balsan to preview the second location of Perchance at the Elysian a week prior to the boutique's opening. In the evening, I'll be visiting with the Chicago Fashion Incubator 2011-12 Designers In Residence at Macy's while they're working away in the State Street windows.

Fashion design intern, Alex Chandoha
"works the window" at Macy's State Street

I'm ending the night at little bit closer to home in Bucktown and stopping by to support my friend Dana Weiss (aka "The Possessionista"), who is hosting FNO at Cynthia Rowley. She's also an alum of the School of the Art Institute Chicago!

Agga B's Two-Tone Cape Dress

What she's wearing: I try and do my best to support local as much as possible, so I'll be donning Chicago designers head-to-toe. My dress for FNO is an all-black crepe wool blend mini by Agga B. For jewelry, I'll have my Lauren Joy necklace by Dana Rebecca Designs on, as I do everyday!, and a set of bracelets I just purchased from Erin Gordon. I'll most likely be carrying all my essentials for FNO in an envelope style clutch by Bocue and my toes will be rocking a pair of purple pumps from B by Brian Atwood.

Bianca Alexander
Executive Producer, Vert Couture Eco-Fashion Show (10/20/11)

Parties she's attending: I'll be attending the Chicago Fashion Incubator Trunk Show and Window at MACY's on State Street to support Kahindo Mateene of Modahnik, a fair trade designer from Conscious Living TV's Vert Couture eco-fashion show culminating Fashion Focus Chicago 2010.

What she's wearing: I'll likely be wearing a sleek metallic gold bamboo pantsuit from Hollywood eco-couture designer, Linda Loudermilk, who outfits A-list stars like Debra Messing, Jennifer Beals, Jane Fonda and Robert Downey Jr.

Green Never Looked So Good:
Linda Loudermilk's bamboo and silk dresses

Alternatively, I'll wear a look from one of this year's Vert Couture 2011 designers, who you can see live on the conscious catwalk in the tents at Millennium Park on Thursday, October 20 during Chicago Fashion Week. Get your VIP tickets now to this signature event to stay on top of what's hot for next season!

Ryan Beshel
Director of Runway, Agency Galatea

Parties he's attending: I'm heading to The 900 Shops FNO event to support my Agency Galatea models - they're walking in the flash fashion show. Brad Goreski will be there, too!

Plank Bowtie

What he's wearing: Cheap. Geek. Chic. I'm wearing a gray suit blazer from H&M, a black vest from French Connection, a red plaid shirt from Urban Outfitters, good old Levis jeans, a wooden and black leather bowtie (believe it!) from a company called Plank and Allen Edmond shoes.

Philip Chang

Parties he's attending: Twist my rubber arm; I'm going to Vince at 106 E. Oak Street from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Every party needs champagne and every future fashion icon knows the value of a stylist, so when you get here, be seen with bubbles. And meet April Francis of Haute Closet, who wants to make sense of her world and understand yours, too.

Eric Kipp: What refinement looks like

What he's wearing: If you catch a glimpse of a heat-seeking bachelor in an Eric Kipp custom suit and perforated Prada dress shoes, then my cover's been blown. Introduce yourself while you still can.

Candace Jordan

Parties she's attending: The Brian Atwood event at Saks Fifth Avenue and the VIP party at the 900 Shops. I am proud to be on the committees for both. I will also be filming the fashion scene for my new internet show, Social Circles, on!

Brian Atwood and his leading ladies

What she's wearing: Probably some new stuff from TOPSHOP, bangles, maybe leopard-print pants with a black cashmere seater and Brian Atwood heels, of course!

Lara Miller
Designer & Founder, Lara Miller Ltd.
Executive Director, Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy's on State Street

Parties she's attending: For most of the night, I will be at Macy's on State Street to celebrate the 2011 Chicago Fashion Incubator (CFI) Designers in Residence (DIR). I'll be selling the limited edition 2011 CFI t-shirt on the 3rd floor of Macy's on State and the CFI DIR will have their pieces on display in a trunk show on the 3rd floor as well. The most exciting thing the DIR will be doing is bringing the window on Washington and State Streets to life as they drape, sew, sketch, and work in the windows. The designers will be going back and forth from the 3rd floor to the windows to meet customers. It'll be a great night!

Organza Marissa Circle Skirt by Lara Miller

I'm also going to try to stop by Cerato Boutique to celebrate some of the best in local fashion! My garments will be there even if I can't make it! I'd also like to do my best to stop by 900 N. Michigan's party.

What she's wearing: Definitely the limited edition CFI t-shirt! During the day, I'll wear the organic cotton hemp Bahar pants in gray or black from my collection and in the evening, I'll change into my silk organza Marissa skirt and the Prada black loafers my mother gave me.

Kelly Ryan O'Brien
Founder and Principal, Chicago Blogger Network

Parties she's attending: Both of the Chicago Blogger Network-sponsored events which include parties at the Shops at North Bridge and Cynthia Rowley's boutique in Wicker Park featuring @possessionista’s Dana Weiss. For more information about the Shops at North Bridge event, click HERE. For more information about the Cynthia Rowley event, click HERE.

Gotta Dash! It's a Blog Bash!

What she’s wearing: I don't know yet! I am heading over to new TOPSHOP on Michigan Avenue to visit the very fabulous Melissa Muoio (a friend whom I suggested to TOPSHOP for their personal stylist position and she got it!) who is going to dress me for the event.

Amanda Puck
EVP, Public Relations, XA The Experiential Agency

What parties she's attending: I am on the host committee for 900’s Night Out: Fame, Fashion and Flavor with Brad Goreski!

Bananas! Bravo TV's "It's a Brad Brad World" star,
Brad Goreski, at 900 North Michigan Shops

What she's wearing: I have no idea! I am usually a last minute dresser – I love the stress, but I will try and rock it!

Raijean Stroud
Blogger/Editor, Swa-Rai

Parties she's attending: I'm in New York for Fashion's Night Out this year. I will be attending FNO events at Bergdorf's, DVF, Target Pop-Up store featuring Missoni, Diesel, Coach, Bryant Park and more!

Sweet and NO Cavities: Furla's Candy Bag

What she's wearing: My green Missoni dress, Louboutin shoes, and a Furla Candy Bag.

Dana Weiss

Parties she's attending: I'll be hosting the event at Cynthia Rowley's boutique on Damen Avenue.

Fashion 9-1-1: The Possessionista gives guests
a fashion fix at Cynthia Rowley

What she's wearing: I'll be wearing Cynthia Rowley (head to toe).

Jehan Yasmin

Parties she's attending: I will be attending the Macy's State Street, 900 North Michigan Shops, and Water Tower shops events and the "Calm Before the Storm" fashion show at the Drake Hotel.

Haute Night: "Calm" showcases the unique fashions
of twelve up-and-coming Chicago designers

What she's wearing: I'll be wearing a ruffled black and white top, with a hot pink mini, black satin peep-toe shoes with a hint of pink at the open sole, and silver hoop earring with silver bangles.

Here's a list of some Fashion's NIght Out events you might like to check out tonight:

900 North Michigan Shops
900 North Michigan Avenue Chicago IL 60611

6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fame, Fashion & Flavor: 900's Night Out

Join 900 North Michigan Shops for Fame, Fashion & Flavor: 900 Night Out hosted by Bravo TV’s fashion guru Brad Goreski. Celebrate style at the Beauty Bazaar with complimentary services then get styled at their photo booth and have a red carpet photo opp with friends. Enjoy tasty bites from Chicago’s best restaurants and don’t miss the Flash Fashion Show. Visit your favorite stores for festive in-store promotions. Plus, take advantage of Macy’s Spend More, Get More program and gain access to the VIP Lounge to mingle with Brad Goreski!

Agent Provocateur
47 East Oak Street Chicago IL 60611
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agent Provocateur teams up with Vogue Fashion Night Out for the launch of its Autumn Winter Campaign.

Anne Fontaine
909 Michigan Avenue Chicago IL 60611

6:00pm to 9:00pm

Inspired by vintage, glamour and rock and roll Anne Fontaine introduces Baroque and Roll the ready-to-wear, handbag and accessory themes from the fall winter 2011 collection. Enjoy special shopping incentives in Fashion's Night Out.

Banana Republic
744 North Michigan Avenue Chicago IL 60611

6:00pm to 11:00pm

Join Banana Republic in celebrating FNO with free refreshments, food and an exclusive offer.

113 Oak Street Chicago IL 60611

6:00pm to 11:00pm

Celebrate Fashion’s Night Out just hours after the Fall 2011 BCBGMAXAZRIA Runway show. Enjoy champagne and get a .25 oz. bottle of BCGBMAXAZRIA’s new fragrance with a regular-priced purchase. Enter for a chance to win a $2,500 wardrobe and fragrance.

Betsey Johnson

Water Tower Place
835 North Michigan Avenue Chicago IL 60611

6:00pm to 9:00pm

Join Betsey Johnson for an Urban Glamour party featuring make up by Abby, live models, cupcakes, cookies, refreshments and a chance to win your very own Betsey tote!

935 North Michigan Avenue Chicago IL 60611
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Stop by for mini manis featuring Chanel’s exclusive hues including its newest nail color collection, Les Jeans de Chanel, created exclusively for Fashion’s Night out by Chanel’s Creative Director, Peter Philips.

900 North Michigan Avenue Chicago IL 60611

6:00pm to 9:00pm

What’s lovelier than sipping prosecco and other Italian specialty cocktails as you shop Gucci’s couture-laden racks?

22 N. State Street Chicago IL 60602
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Visit H&M on Fashion’s Night Out and enter to win an H&M gift card valued at $200. All entries will be entered to win the Grand Prize: an all-expense paid trip to NYC for the winner and a guest to attend a pre-launch shopping event celebrating Versace for H&M.

900 North Michigan Avenue Chicago IL 60611
6:00pm to 7:00pm

Enjoy complimentary champagne and cupcakes during Intimacy’s Cleavage & Cupcakes party! The first 50 guests to arrive will receive a free goody bag.

Juicy Couture
101 East Oak Street Chicago IL 60611

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join Juicy Couture on Oak Street as they celebrate their Viva la Juicy fragrance and offer great shopping incentives off all full-priced items during the event.

Karen Millen
900 North Michigan Avenue Chicago IL 60611

6:00pm to 9:00pm

Enjoy an entire night devoted to shopping at Karen Millen for Vogue's 2011 Fashion's Night Out. Shop, sip champagne, and soak up some celebrity treatment with styling sessions and in-store competitions including a chance to win a piece from Karen Millen’s 30th Anniversary Collection. DJ Niena Drake will provide entertainment.

La Perla
535 North Michigan Avenue Chicago IL 60611

6:00pm to 11:00pm

Champagne and chocolates will be served as you preview La Perla’s roaring 20's Fall/Winter 2011 collection.

Macy's State Street
111 North State Street Chicago IL 60602

Macy's Fashion Incubator Windows
6:00pm to 11:00pm
Watch as Macy’s State Street windows come to life with Macy's own Fashion Incubator.

Macy's Denim Bar
6:00pm to 11:00 pm
Get the right fit at Macy’s Denim Bar on the 3rd Floor and enter to win a pair from Hudson Jeans.

Macy's KIVA Pampering Station
6:00pm to 11:00pm
Enjoy nail buffing, chair massages and hair styling from KIVA Salon. Also be sure and Enter to Win for an amazing KIVA spa package!

Macy's Cosmetics Happenings
6:00pm to 11:00pm
Receive a gift with purchase from your favorite cosmetics' counters. While you are here be sure to enter Macy’s beauty raffle. Prizes will be given away every 30 minutes.

Macy's Fashion Astrology
6:00pm to 11:00pm
What's your fashion future? Have your horoscope read with Macy’s Fashion Astrologer and receive a customized fashion illustration.

Kelly Osbourne Personal Appearance for Material Girlat Macy's
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Bring your headless bats and come meet Kelly Osbourne, the new face of Material Girl.

Vince Camuto Eventat Macy's
7:00pm to 11:00pm
Visit the new Vince Camuto shop for the launch of Vince Camuto’s Ready to Wear! Enjoy sips and sweets as you shop the new collection.

Macy's Water Tower Place
835 North Michigan Avenue Chicago IL 60611

Macy's Cosmetics Happenings

6:00pm to 11:00pm
Join Macy’s on the first floor in Cosmetics and receive a gift with purchase from some of your favorite cosmetics' counters. Enter Macy’s beauty raffle; prizes will be given away every 30 minutes!.

Macy's KIVA Pampering Station

6:00pm to 11:00pm

Join KIVA salon on the Mezzanine for pampering spa treatments including nail buffing, chair massages and hair styling. Also, be sure to sign up for an opportunity to win an amazing KIVA spa package.

Macy's Women's Shoe Shopping Party

6:00pm to 11:00pm
Receive a gift with purchase from your favorite shoe designer and determine your fashion future with Macy’s fashion astrologers. Enjoy refreshments from KIND and Popchips and capture the moment with fellow fashionistas in Macy’s photobooth from Honest Tea.

Macy's Karaoke Contest

6:30pm to 8:30pm
“Rock the mic” in Macy’s karaoke contest and get the chance to win a Macy’s gift card.

Marc by Marc Jacobs
1714 North Damen Avenue Chicago IL 60647

6:00pm to 10:00pm
Sorry! No carnies or ladies-of-unusual-size at the 
Marc Jacobs carnival. Instead shoppers will shop, sip Sofia champagne and receive a limited edition Marc Jacobs carnival tote bag (while supplies last).

Max Mara
900 North Michigan Avenue Chicago IL 60611
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Max Mara invites you for an evening of cocktails in celebration of Fashion's Night Out. Their special window display: "Max Mara on the Cover", will showcase the most evocative covers that Vogue Magazines from all around the world have dedicated to the Italian fashion brand throughout the years.

Oak Street
Oak Street between Michigan Avenue & State Street Chicago IL 60611

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Chicago’s tony Oak Street celebrates Fashion's Night Out with an evening of in-store celebrations, live DJs, Oak Street FNO tote bags for the first 500 guests, and an amazing raffle contest. Prizes include a $1,000 Moncler coat, a $500 Lester Lampert gift certificate, $250 gift certificates to Scoop NYC and Kate Spade, dinner for two at Le Colonial and more. Shoppers will receive one raffle ticket with every purchase at a participating Oak Street store. The drawing will be at 8:00pm; shoppers must be present to win.

Saks Fifth Avenue
700 North Michigan Avenue Chicago IL 60611
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Saks Fifth Avenue Chicago will be hosting shoe designer extraordinaire, Brian Atwood, for the official unveiling of 10022-SHOE during Fashion’s Night Out. Meet Brian and enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and music in the Shoe Salon. For more information and to RSVP please email:

The Shops at North Bridge
520 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago IL 60611
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Guests will receive styling tips from Chicago magazine fashion editors and enjoy treats from local area restos including Big Bowl, Buca di Beppo and California Pizza Kitchen. Enter to win one of ten fashion packages. Tons of events throughout the mall including a virtual scavenger hunt at Forever 21. Customers can download the SCVNGR app and complete a quick list of fun challenges to earn rewards. Sponsored by the Chicago Bloggers Network.

700 North Michigan Avenue Chicago IL 60611

6:00pm to 9:00pm

Guests will enjoy a decadent Champagne bar and ZARA’s hottest looks for the new season.

And Don’t Miss!:

Possessionista and Cynthia Rowley Celebrate Fashion’s Night Out
1653 N. Damen Chicago, IL 60647
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Join Chicago’s über-fashionable, VIP blogger, Dana Kessler Weiss (aka “the Possessionista”) at Cynthia Rowley's Wicker Park boutique. Check out Cynthia Rowley’s designer Band-Aids for Johnson & Johnson and enjoy Sprinkles cupcakes and Fabulips treatments courtesy of Bliss Spa. Sponsored by the Chicago Blogger Network. To RSVP please email:

Photos credits: Amanda Puck's photo courtesy of

Posted by Kerry Shorr

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