Has it really been a year already? Love it or pretend to dread it, Fashion’s Night Out is nearly upon us again. You know, that all-out crazy, possibly mayhem-filled evening that’s all about fashion and shopping, but is unofficially the time to fill up on free food and alcoholic beverages throughout the city.
Last year, we got all Gossip Girl on you and hit all of FNO's uptown spots, so let’s give downtown some love this year. Here’s your strategically mapped itinerary to stuff yourself with libations and refreshments--all without whipping out a single credit card. Wait, actually, if you’re coming from uptown, it can’t hurt to pre-game at Henri Bendel (712 Fifth Ave at 56th St). They’re hosting a Cirque du Soleil Zumanity performance, which will no doubt be enhanced by mixologist cocktails from The Mulberry Project and crisp prosecco. Need sustenance? Marquee food trucks are on the menu, but warning: based on last year’s Hester Street Fair extravaganza, you might have to shell out some cold hard cash for the food. Don’t quote us on that, but just an FYI. And should you want dessert, Max Mara (at 813 Madison Ave) will be doling out gelato from famed geletaria GROM, as part of their Passport to Milan event (psst you could also win a trip to Milan to watch their Fall/Winter show).
But enough of the pre-game! Time is of the essence, so hop on your nearest R (or BDFM/N/6) train--no way you’re finding a cab tonight--and let’s get started!
6:00pm (or later if you hit Bendel’s first): All there is to say: Saturday’s Surf is having a backyard BBQ. Indulge in a red meat main course and hot surfer guys (not necessarily in that order)--can you think of a better way to kick off FNO? We can't. Granted you might not want to leave. Saturday’s Surf, 31 Crosby St (between Broome and Grande Sts)
6:30pm: Next, head on over to the colorful fashion emporium C. Wonder for an in-house DJ, delightful desserts and lemonade. Hey, it’s a family place and you need to hydrate. The night is only just beginning. C. Wonder, 72 Spring Street (between Crosby and Lafayette Sts)
6:45pm: It’s time to get your over 21-drink on again, so venture to Zara for a yet-to-be announced celeb DJ and free-flowing bubbly. And because Zara hails from Spain, they’re serving cava. Zara, 580 Broadway (near Prince St)
7:10: Yeah, we figured you were too busy chatting up the surfers at Saturday’s to have a real meal, so head north to Atrium to grab as many "unlimited" eats as you can from the Cruisin’ Kitchen Food Truck. Then wash it all down with some "rock-inspired”" cocktails. Atrium, 644 Broadway (at Bleecker St)
7:30: After all that free food you'll no doubt be ready for something sweet. And what could be sweeter than Momofuku cookies baked by supermodel (and total sweetheart) Karlie Kloss? Kloss collaborated with Momofuku chef and owner Christina Tosi to create a limited-edition cookie called the Perfect Ten, which, fittingly for fashion week, will contain gluten-free whole oats, almond flour and dark chocolate chips, and will be completely gluten-free, dairy-free, with no added sugar. At $5 a pop, this is the only non-gratis eat on here--however since proceeds go to FEED charity (and also they sound super delicious) we thought we had to include. Head on over to DKNY to get them while they're hot. DKNY, 420 West Broady (at Spring).
7:45pm: Now let’s move up to the hard stuff at Helmut Lang, which promises fancy-sounding spirits and more desserts. Sip on those “spirits” while grooving to live performances from sure to be fashiony indie bands. Helmut Lang, 93 Mercer St (near Spring St)
8:15pm: Cupcake time! While you might be deterred from partaking in the sugary treat upon the sight of Ivanka Trump and a bunch of Trump Models, the frosted baked goods from Georgetown Cupcakes are irresistible--and very free. Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, 109 Mercer (between Spring and Prince Sts)
8:25pm: Perhaps you’re now seeking a savory bite, and a, well, more refined beverage. Drop into Parisian bag-master Jerome Dreyfuss where presumably very classy staffers will be “serving wine and hors d’oeuvres to guests.” Just don’t be sloppy. Jerome Dreyfuss, 475 Broome Street (at Greene)
8:40pm: You should be sufficiently buzzing on an alcohol and sugar high at this point, so mosey on over to the Stella McCartney Soho flagship. There, you’ll quaff some “Eco Mojitos”, which sound like they’ll quell your rising guilt over this evening’s depraved shopping and debauchery (wait, hope the “eco” doesn’t mean alcohol-free …). Then you can drunk design and buy your own Stella hand bag! Oopsies. Stella McCartney, 112 Greene St (near Prince St)
9:10pm: Even though the big draw over at DVF--aside from the shopping, of course--might be Danish singer Oh Land's DJ set, more free cocktails and desserts ain’t too shabby either. The night is still young! DVF, 135 Wooster St (between Prince and W. Houston Sts)
9:40pm: All those beverages should have prepared you for this point: The Piperlime party with celeb stylist/fashion designer/otherwise multi-hyphenate Rachel Zoe. When she dropped by the Piperlime pop-up back in 2010, she practically caused a riot that nearly shut down Mercer Street, so just a heads up. You might need to down a few complimentary cocktails to get back to that fashion zen place. Piperlime, 121 Wooster Street (between Prince and Spring)
10:00pm: Most events are winding down at this point, so a novel idea: Let’s drop by Saturday’s again to round out the evening! Maybe the BBQ is still going and, wow, do you have a raging case of the champagne munchies.
*In Case of Emergency: If you’re in need of a caffeine boost (or some sobering up) between the hours of 7pm and 9pm, Taschen is serving up some free, hipster/coffee snob-approved Stumptown and desserty delights from Eleni’s New York. Taschen, 107 Greene St (between Spring and Prince Sts)