Fashion, Features, People & Parties

Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) Comes to TORONTO!

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By Priya Kumar Fashion's Night Out was an initiative started by Vogue Magazine and the CFDA in 2009 to encourage consumers to...well, shop! Times were and still are tough and the fashion industry has really felt it. The team at Vogue envisioned the night as being a great opportunity for designers, celebs and fashionphiles to mingle, get great deals on the season's latest looks and participate in a variety of activities all across any given city. In the past FNO has been restricted to cities that are home to one of the 19 editions of Vogue, but this year Torontonians can rejoice because the event that democratizes the fashion party scene is coming to our own backyard. While the event has drawn quite a bit of attention for retailers, the event has not gone without criticism. Many believe the event is a PR scheme under the guise of a charitable event to get the masses excited about spending their hard earned money in even harder times.  Others say the event is like Boxing Day and Black Friday combined. One attendee to NY's FNO in particular said it was "Tiffany's...with candy." Haters aside, we'll be out in full force.  Check out the list of parties below from Toronto Life...where will you be going on Thursday, September 6th? All parties run from 6PM to 11PM unless specified:

Fifth Avenue, NYC

• Comrags, 812 Dundas St. W. Odessa Paloma Parker, editorial director of Plaid Magazine and stylist with Judy Inc., will be offering styling tips from 8:30 p.m. • eLuxe, 355 Adelaide St. W., ground level Featured designers include Smythe and Rebekah Price; sweets and drinks will be on offer, along with DJ sets by Rory Them Finest, Watt Milson and FASHION magazine’s Randi Bergman; RSVP to RSVP@eLUXE.ca. • H&M, 13–15 Bloor St. W. The official launch of H&M’s fall campaign starring Lana Del Rey; special offers and discounts will be available. • Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor St. W. Will be holding a street party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. • Juicy Couture, 3401 Dufferin St., Ste. 61; 25 The West Mall, Space 1990; 220 Yonge St., Ste. C009 Will be offering special offers and samples of its new fragrance, Viva la Juicy la Fleur. • The Bazaar by Rac Boutique, The Burroughes Building, 6th floor, 639 Queen St. W. (at Bathurst St.) The launch of The Bazaar by RAC, a three-day pop-up marketplace with free cocktails and snacks, music by DJs Famous Players, and a giveaway of two plane tickets from Porter Airlines. The merchandise comes from over 20 Toronto retailers and designers, including Gotstyle, Lab Consignment, Drake General Store, Psalms:911, Vocado, Elle Hardware, Woodlawn, Rescue Vintage, Robber, Philistine Vintage, Canon Blanc, Magic Pony, Chloe Comme Parris, Life of Manek, Foe & Dear, Love of Mine, Fischer Street, Muskox, OnlyOne Gallery, 69 Vintage, Travis Taddeo and The Cashmere Shop. • Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 3401 Dufferin St. A fashion presentation in the Centre Court at 6 p.m. will kick off the night of shopping. • Aime, 198A Davenport Rd., upper level Toronto-based designer Monica Mei will launch her label. • Cole Haan, 101 Bloor St. W. Treats and a contest have been promised. Toronto Fashion Incubator, location to be confirmed • Gunhouse, 812 Dundas St. W.

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