Lexington supports Fashion’s Night Out



By Amanda Powell

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On Sept. 6, the fashion scene will thrive late into the night during the fourth annual Fashion’s Night Out.

CBS.com said FNO was a collaboration with the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Vogue and NYC & Company to entice consumers to shop after the recession.

According to fashionsnightout.com, last year, 18 countries participated and more than 4,500 events were held around the U.S. — that’s a lot of shopping. FNO has grown larger every year and 2012 will be no exception.

Celebrities, models, designers and musicians are endorsing this event to help spread the word. On the FNO website, you can see the PSA that includes Usher, Darren Criss, Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss, just to name a few.

Even the Empire State Building will be glowing red to commemorate the fourth anniversary.

In New York, designers, editors, actors and many more high-status celebs will make appearances and enjoy the night of special deals and limited-edition products.

New York Bloomingdale’s stores are offering special events such as a look at the Marc by Marc Jacobs fashion collection, chances to be on NYLON TV while at the preview of the Australian line Backstage and a meet-and-greet with Kelly Rutherford, Lily van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl.

Every year, special apparel is made for FNO. According to fashionsnightout.com, “Forty percent of proceeds raised from sales will go to the New York City AIDS Fund in the New York Community Trust.”

This year, long-sleeved women’s shirts and totes for men and women have been added to the collection.

“The AIDS Fund has successfully increased private funding to fight the AIDS epidemic and the spectrum of HIV illness at the community level and to improve the coordination and targeting of those resources in the City,” nycommunitytrust.org said.

Find the apparel online at Bloomingdale’s or Cache, a longer list of stores carrying the merchandise can be found at fashionsnightout.com. I also found multiple items in the collection at shopbop.com.

In London, Fashion’s Night Out will support Refuge, an organization “committed to a world where domestic violence is not tolerated or ignored and where women and children can live in safety.”

London is offering an opening ceremony on King Street where everyone can enjoy manicures and styling, an Anthropologie workshop with designer Charlotte Taylor and a Chanel pop-up store that will incorporate a Chanel vending machine.

But in Lexington, we have our own party. The Fayette Mall is staying open to accommodate participating Ann Taylor and Coldwater Creek. Both will open their doors at 6 p.m. and stay open late.

Support the cause by shopping online and wear the apparel any way you choose.

As Yves Saint Laurent once said, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.”