Shopping centers, department stores and boutiques all over Southern California are gearing up for the fourth annual observance of Fashion's Night Out, the worldwide shopping event created by Vogue editor in chief
The designated night of special activities and promotions is Sept. 6. But those who act fast enough to purchase the limited tickets can attend an intimate pre-event dinner and private
A complete listing of events, organized by city and store or type of event, can be found at FashionsNightOut.com — and is far too extensive to be repeated here.
But here are a few notable things to know about what is — and isn't — happening in the greater Los Angeles area. (And if none of what follows is nearby, don't worry. Just about every major shopping venue in the greater L.A. area has something fun and fashionable planned.)
At the Beverly Center, traditionally an epicenter for the local festivities, Fashion's Night Out will be hosted by "Pretty Little Liars" star Lucy Hale.
Los Angeles Mayor
Rodeo Drive will not be the circus-themed spectacle that it was last year, with a Ferris wheel and costumed stilt-walkers. "As the economy has started to recover, we have had to reprioritize our focus with limited dollars," said Rodeo Drive committee spokeswoman Ashley Wong. Instead of an overall, coordinated extravaganza, 30 to 40 stores are expected to host individual events.
Bottega Veneta, for instance, plans to introduce a new line of eco-friendly handbags, available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and
Robertson Boulevard will replace Rodeo Drive's street party with its first official street celebration of FNO. An anticipated 2,000 guests will be treated to live music, art-inspired activities, surprise celebrity guest appearances and a chance to experience fall's latest trends as they stroll through the stores.
Santa Monica Place plans to step up with a roster of in-store events, including two beauty lounges. Entertainment onstage starts at 7 p.m., featuring a performance by "American Idol" contestant
Farther along the coast, the celebration at the Malibu Country Mart is scheduled to be led by Gill and Jill Bumby, New York performance artists who famously rate guests' appearances on a scale from 1 to 10, issuing witty, typed-out, personal assessments of their style.
Malibu will pick up on last year's circus theme, with carnival-style red carpets and entertainment stations, including henna tattoos and magic shows.
At Fashion Island in Newport Beach, more than 40 stores plan to host fashion and beauty events and giveaways as
Jillian Barberie-Reynolds, co-host of "Good Day L.A." on Fox Channel 11, and fashion designer David Meister are scheduled to emcee the night. At 5 p.m., Reynolds is to provide commentary for a presentation on fall's top trends, concluding in a runway show featuring Meister's eye-catching new collection of dresses and gowns.
South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa plans to feature a
Rounding off the evening is West Hollywood's official after-party at the Standard on Sunset, complete with DJ. The party is slated for 10 p.m. to midnight, with a complimentary cocktail hour till 11 p.m.