As has become the norm for FNO (or what is more accurately a boozy Halloween for shopping enthusiasts), come September 6, stores across NYC and participating cities around the world will be doling out free champers, manis, swag, and contributing to horrible, infuriating traffic jams.
But what we most look forward to about FNO is finding out which brands have managed to wrangle the biggest (and sometimes extremely random) celebs... and what weird things they've gotten them to agree to do (see: Sarah Jessica Parker crooning with Oscar de la Renta, the Olsens bartending at Barneys). This year promises not only Kim Kardashian (duh, obviously she'd be there) but also her not-quite-brother-in-law, entertaining style-tryhard Scott Disick--who's slated to teach a cigar rolling class? Perhaps even more exciting (understatement of the century?) are Grace Coddington's plans for the evening: She's apparently collaborated with Balenciaga's Nicolas Ghesquière on an accessories line featuring some artsy sketch drawings of her cat Pumpkin modeling iconic Balenciaga looks.
There are 34 pages of events listed on FNO's official site. Sure, you could totally look through all of them, or you could trust that we've pulled out the 12 best/weirdest/awesomest/celeb-y-est events. Without further ado... our top picks for FNO 2012! Which one will you be heading to?
Balenciaga Location: 542 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 1001 Description: Arguably one of the most awesome events in the line up, Balenciaga's FNO event centers around the launch of an accessories collaboration between designer Nicolas Ghesquière and Grace Coddington. Apparently, the line is covered in Grace's drawings of her cat, Pumpkin, modeling Balenciaga looks. Judging by her name, we are totally hoping Pumpkin will have the same flame-haired mane as her owner. How sick would it be to see them sporting matching Balenciaga looks? Free Stuff: We can only hope. High Profile Appearances: Though not confirmed, Grace Coddington is practically required to come out since FNO is sponsored by Vogue. We don't doubt she'll being making an appearance during the course of the night. Maybe if we're lucky, Nicolas will be there too. Best For: Cat lovers (obvi) and the Fashionista editors
Macy's Location: Macy's Herald Square 151 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001 Description: The World's Largest Macy's Store is promising an ultra-fun night for any one who loves fashiony reality television. Representing Keeping up with the Kardashians, Scott Disick will be hosting a cigar rolling class just a mere floor above fashion trivia with Project Runway's Michael Kors. Fashion Star's Caprice Willard and Kara Laricks will be hanging out in the same building as Bethenny Frankel. What Not To Wear's Clinton Kelly will be doling out style advice. Oh, and Michael Kors is hosting a fashion trivia quiz on the shoe floor. Awesomeness ensues. Free Stuff: Free gift-with-purchase and photos with the stars, manicures, drinks High Profile Appearances: The above mentioned, Britt Robertson, Vogue's Rickie de Sole Best For: Anyone obsessed with reality television
Lord & Taylor Location: 424 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018 Description: This rendezvous sounds impressive, so naturally, you can guarantee it's going to be packed. Why you ask? Um... Kim Kardashian will be there hawking talking about her fragrance. Also, pretty much the entire BCBG team will be stopping by - including Lubov and Max. Some FIT students are pitching in to provide free illustrations with purchase. Free Stuff: Free gift-with-purchase High Profile Appearances: Kim K, the BCBG team, Kristi Yamaguchi Best For: Kimye sightings, teens looking for a prom dress and a picture with Kim (but we'd go to get a pic with Kristi!)
Bergdorf Goodman Location: 754 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10019 Description: Usually all the best stuff on FNO happens at the major department stores, and it looks like this year will be no different. For its 111th anniversary, Bergdorf Goodman is having a blow out party which includes a performance from the Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, astrologers, and some pretty awesome guests. Free Stuff: Unknown High Profile Appearances: Lela Rose, Michael Bastian, Naeem Khan, Rachel Zoe, Robert Verdi, Thakoon Panichgul and more. Best For: Aspiring designers looking for advice and astrology freaks (which is basically everyone in fashion, thank you Susan Miller!)
Piperlime Location: 121 Wooster Street, New York, NY 11201 Description: For the launch of its first stand-alone store, Piperlime is bringing in Rachel Zoe to talk about the best trends for fall. The part we're dying over? Legendary hip-hop artist Rev Run with be spinning alongside DJ Ruckus. Free Stuff: A limited gift is promised to shoppers. High Profile Appearances: Above, mentioned Best For: Music enthusiasts, anyone who considers "I die" to be a positive reaction.
DvF Location: 874 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014 Description: This year, general bad-ass Diane von Furstenburg proves once again that, even as a grandma/CFDA bigwig, she knows how to throw a good high fashion party. At her Meatpacking location she will have MAC make-up artists, styling advice from Vogue editors, celebrities, fortune tellers, and Solange Knowles DJing. We're getting excited just writing about it. Free Stuff: Food and drinks High Profile appearances: Meredith Melling Burke, Allison Williams, and Solange Knowles. Probs DVF too. Best For: Everyone. This sounds like some serious awesomeness.
Michael Kors Location: 667 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10065 Description: Michael is showing FNO some serious love with the promise of 'YouTube star' karaoke, celebrity guests, exclusive products, and the one we are excited about: Portraits by celeb photographer Victor Demarchelier. Free Stuff: Unknown High Profile Appearances: The peeps above and whichever celebs and 'YouTube stars' show up. Best For: Karaoke enthusiasts, photography students, people who just want to hear a Michael Kors-ism (i.e., all of us) in the orangey flesh.
C. Wonder Location: 72 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012 Description: Though we've had our reservations about C. Wonder in the past, this event sounds genuinely fun. All night, around Soho, staffers will be handing out colored balloons for shoppers to bring back to the store. Each balloon matches with a different prize. The editors of DailyCandy will be there to give styling advice and a DJ will be on hand. Free Stuff: Whatever your balloon may bring and lemonade! High Profile Appearances: Chris Burch seems to be throwing his heart and soul into this store, so we don't doubt he will hanging around. Best For: Kids who like balloons and moms who like monograming (so, all of the UES and West Village)
Saks Fifth Avenue Location: 611 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10022 Description: The Saks team should win an award for creativity because this might just be the greatest event of them all. Customers will have the opportunity to get their bangs trimmed with Erin Fetherston by Edward Tricomi of Warren Tricomi, Minx nails and the designers of Suno will have printed manicures available, Kimberly Ovitz will be on hand with Rihanna's tattoo artist, Tom Pecheux will be doing make-up, and Oscar de la Renta will be there. This is like our fashion-filled dream that we've always wanted to come true. Free Stuff: Above mentioned, free engraving on Stella McCartney perfume, and customers can get their Doc Martens customized. And they'll print off your Instarams. Excellent. High Profile Appearances: Above mentioned, Lubov and Max Azria. Best For: Peeps looking to be fashion-over-stimulated.
Bird Williamsburg Location: 203 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 Description: Designer collab mania with some of our favorites: Melissa Joy Manning, Loeffler Randall, Gretchen Jones and Whit have all designed pieces for the night and proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity. Oh and there's an art opening too, featuring Amanda Barr's latest work. Plus te description includes the word 'yee-haw,' so you know it's gonna be good. Free Stuff: Drinks by Tito's Vodka and Brooklyn Brewery, and nibbles by Crif Dogs. High Profile Appearances: Superstar DJ TBD (But since Bird's Jenn Mankins is tight with the LCD crew we're betting on James Murphy.) Best For: Brooklyn girls, the cast of Girls.
Salvatore Ferragamo Location: 655 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10022 Description: Ferragamo has planned a night inspired by Russia with appearances from Russian street-style stars Miroslava Duma, Elena Perminova, and Anya Ziourova. Mingle with the It girls (I'm sure they will let you take their picture) while dancing to Russian pop trio Tesla Boy. Free Stuff: Unknown High Profile Appearances: Above mentioned. Best For: Anyone who could spot Tommy Ton from a mile away.
Atrium Location: 644 Broadway, New York, NY 10012 Description: This event is all about Rock n' Roll. Customers can get "rock inspired" makeovers/manicures (say hello to the metallic hair trend), and with any purchase from the Martin Keehn line, shoppers can get a free tattoo. Yes, a tattoo. The details aren't completely clear about the ink, but it nevertheless sounds pretty awesome. To make things better, they are having a flip book machine and a DJ. Free Stuff: tattoos, makeovers, food and drinks. High Profile Appearances: M. Choen of Maor, who will be designing pieces for the collection live. Best For: The kind of person who's totally ok with waking up hungover with new a tattoo.