The FNO buzz is out of control, with retailers worldwide throwing lavish parties and bringing out the big guns to attract shoppers. While Bergdorf’s and Barneys’ bashes are the most elaborate, not everyone wants to stand in crowded rooms shuffling for fun.
Here are some of the best smaller events that are sure to be a blast. There’s everything from DVF’s high tech bash to Kiki de Montparnasse’s kinky party to yoga at Adidas for those who just want to relax.
DROOG, a luxury design store, is opening its doors to the public for FNO. Belgian designer Christophe Coppens will be featured in a special preview of his Winter 2010-2011 hat collection, while some Droog designers’ works will be featured at the Cooper Hewitt Museum that week.
Get kinky at Kiki de Montparnasse for FNO. They’re having live music, champagne and aphrodisiac tastings, private romance salons, and an Erotic Portrait Booth, all sexy fun in the name of fashion. Models will also show off Kiki’s latest designs.
Get your groove on with karaoke, cocktails, and Kiehls. The beauty bigwig is hosting “Karaoke Karnival,” with prizes, food, and plenty of drinks.
If you’re feeling technological, head to the DVF and HP Experience Lounge, at DVF’s gallery on 14th and Washington. Hosted by Refinery 29, the space will featured fashion installations, the newest HP products, and a “Fall Favorites” photo booth featuring DVF items curated by Refinery29’s editors.
In case fashion isn’t really your thing, Adidas is hosting a yoga class for the first 40 people who sign up. You’ll get a free yoga mat and much needed relaxation in the frenzy of FNO. You can also enter to win a stay at The Fairmont Hotel and a one-on-one session with yoga master Elena Brower.
Back in SoHo, BAPE is hosting a Sanrio x Baby Milo pop up store offers special merchandise for guys and gals, plus a special KiD CuDi item for sale. Expect lots of cute stuff you want and lots of fun.
Liberty has a ton of fun activities planned for FNO. Manolo Blahnik and Yasmin le Bon will be there, showcasing Blahnik’s line for Liberty, including candles, cushions, umbrellas, stationery and bow ties. Liberty’s FNO window display will be given away as a prize, including goods from Manolo Blahnik, Benoit Missolin, and J Brand. British Vogue editor Emma Elwick will also be in the store, giving a lesson on scarf-wearing, while Richard Nicoll is upstairs styling customers in his AW10 collection and handing out signed goodie bags.