It's the best time of the year for fashion fiends: New York Fashion Week! And if a flight up to NYC isn't in the cards, Miami is your second best bet.
All throughout the county, from Miami Beach to the Design District to Coral Gables, malls, shopping strips and stores are celebrating Fashion's Night Out. Score free gifts, beauty make overs, and even entire wardrobes at popular shops. HuffPost Miami rounded up some of the best events by area -- see the slideshow below.
(Pro tip: if leaving the house after a day of work seems daunting, check out the event's online fashion specials.)
<a href="http://www.aventuramall.com/" target="_hplink">The mall is enormous</a>, and the list of events is just as big. Here are just a few, <a href="http://fashionsnightout.com/fno/outside-nyc#" target="_hplink">go online to see all the events</a>. GO TO... L'Occitane: For a break from the shopping, get a signature hand massage, sip on champagne and undergo the store's beauty rituals. Gift with $65 purchase. Macy's: Join the shopping party with Julissa Bermudez of "Empire Girls" and grab a bite to eat from a treasure trove of restaurants. Sephora: Buy any Dr. Brandt product and get a microdermabrasion treatment. MAC: Celebrate former Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld's new line with the brand and attend the smokey eye demo. Customers will get free mascara and foundation samples. BCBGMAXAZRIA: Get styled in the store's looks, post it on Instagram #BCBGFNO, and you're in the running for a $1,000 BCBGMAXAZRIA wardrobe. Aveda: Learn runway-ready styling techniques from the experts -- the first 10 will get a swag bag. Any purchases gets you a perfume.
Be one of the first to lay eyes on new collections and accessories from <a href="http://balharbourshops.com/" target="_hplink">infamous high-end brands</a>. GO TO... Chanel: Be the first to get your hands on the Twin-Sets de Chanel by creative director Peter Philips, three lip and nail colors. Nanette Lepore: When you purchase any item at the store, dig into a mystery box for a gift. Neiman Marcus: A night of Brazilian style, watch a fashion show by Danny Santiago, meet designer Nancy Gonzalez, and munch of Brazilian food and drink from Barton G. Benefits the Miami Children's Hospital Foundation. Chloé: Be a part of the launch of the new "Alice" bag over cocktails. Lanvin: Especially for FNO, T-shirts, iPhone cases and iPad cases covered with sketches by Alber Elbaz are for sale.
Whether you're a bride-to-be or looking for new pieces for the office, stop by Coconut Grove. GO TO... <a href="http://everaftermiami.com/Bridal/" target="_hplink">Ever After</a>: Brides! Find runway looks that will work perfectly on your walk down the aisle and browse the bridal accessories trunk show. Also, an in-house make up and hair stylist will give you ideas for your look for that special day. <a href="http://www.whitehouseblackmarket.com/store/home.jsp" target="_hplink">White House | Black Market</a>: Check out the<a href="http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151180898466029.431850.111451981028&type=1" target="_hplink"> Fall 2012 wardrobe</a>, including pops of plum hues.
Hit up Merrick Park for special events and stores and then a fashion show to get the fashion-forward excited for Fall. GO TO... <a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/st/nordstrom-village-of-merrick-park" target="_hplink">Nordstrom</a>: Get pampered with make-up applications, fragrance samples, and styling tips. <a href="http://www.dvf.com/" target="_hplink">DVF</a>: Check out looks for any occasion you need to look fabulous for. Cocktails, desserts and music will be ready for guests. Check out #DVFnightisyoung. <a href="http://www.villageofmerrickpark.com/" target="_hplink">Village of Merrick Park</a>: The new looks and styles for fall will be on display at the shopping park's fashion show.
Hosted by Vogue, <a href="http://www.miamidesigndistrict.net/fno/" target="_hplink">stroll the streets of the district</a> to view local designers' newest threads and accessories with champagne and music from Afrobeta and DJ Mike Sike. GO TO... The District Factory: 30 of Miami's hottest new designers will show off their lines in clothing, jewelry, vintage wear and more. Meet the people who created the items that will be your new favorite piece. Music, interactive stations, cocktails, finger foods and more. Sebastien James: Drinks, hors d'oeuvres and a 20 percent discount off all regularly priced items. Turchin Love and Light: Champagne will be flowing at the Atlas Plaza as the newest Love & Protection collection is revealed.
Dadeland Mall is chock full of fashion fiestas, for both adults and kids. GO TO... <a href="http://www.thepalmsshops.com/store/cartoon-cuts/777/2138811712" target="_hplink">Cartoon Cuts</a>: Kids can join in the fun of Fashion Week too! Take the little ones for a complimentary manicure and temporary tattoos. Winners of the raffle with get a mini makeover. Percentage of proceeds benefit Autism Speaks. <a href="http://www.simon.com/mall/tenantdetail.aspx?id=138&tid=13818&cid=236" target="_hplink">Ann Taylor</a>: While shopping, get expert styling advice and take advantage of exclusive offers. <a href="http://www.simon.com/mall/tenantdetail.aspx?id=138&tid=77841&cid=236" target="_hplink">bebe</a>: While sipping on cocktails and nibbling on snacks, enjoy a gift when you spend $100. Also, discounts on purchases of $150 and $250.
<a href="http://fashionsnightout.com/fno/outside-nyc#" target="_hplink">Nine stores on the beach</a> are participating, with many offering up free goodies with purchases or just for showing up. GO TO... <a href="http://www.kennethcole.com/storeLocator/storeDetails.jsp?locationCode=1027&selectedStoreType=KCPR" target="_hplink">Kenneth Cole</a>: Check in on Foursquare and get a free tote -- the first 20 will get one signed by Mr. Cole. Free cocktails, free hors d'oeuvres, and a chance to win a $1,000 gift card. <a href="http://bananarepublic.gap.com/customerService/store.do?storeid=8499" target="_hplink">Banana Republic</a>: Nab an umbrella (this could be useful with hurricane season in full force) with any $75 or more purchase. Cocktails will be flowing. <a href="http://www.originalpenguin.com/storelocator/storelocator,default,pg.html" target="_hplink">Original Penguin</a>: Put your Instagram obsession to use. Take photos in the store to be in the running for a Fall 2012 outfit. Cocktails, finger foods, and a live DJ. <a href="http://www.stevemadden.com/" target="_hplink">Steve Madden</a>: Both locations will be giving away trendy studded iPad cases with purchases.
Shop for a cause this FNO! Also, get dolled up and feel like the rock star you are while shopping. GO TO... <a href="http://www1.bloomingdales.com/store/index.ognc?action=STORE_DETAIL&lstRegion=all&storeId=50009" target="_hplink">Bloomingdale's</a>: Support the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund by purchasing any item associated with it -- 100 percent of funds go to the cause. Also, get a gold jewelry case at Carolee with any $75 purchase, or a DKNY bauble bracelet with a purchase of $300 or more. <a href="http://www.facebook.com/BrillianceNewYork/photos" target="_hplink">Brilliance New York</a>: Indulge in free mini make overs with hairstyling, make up, fragrances and more. Get a gaggle of girls together and RSVP to email@example.com. <a href="http://www.emporiogiovani.com/" target="_hplink">Emporio dei Giovani</a>: Check out the Fall 2012 collection and celebrate Italian fashion with art, music and wine.
North Miami Beach
Another stop for shoe fanatics, a live DJ will set the mood as customers shop the <a href="http://www.ninewest.com/Runway-Relief/8351405,default,sc.html" target="_hplink">Nine West Runway Relief</a> collection to support <a href="http://ftbcglobal.tumblr.com/" target="_hplink">Fashion Targets Breast Cancer</a>. For those planning on splurging, customers who spent $100 or more get $15 off.
If you can't make it further north, check out the four stores participating in FNO. GO TO... <a href="http://www.bluefishsport.com/" target="_hplink">Bluefish Sport</a>: For the active fashionista, revamp your workout look and get fitness and fashion tips from Jackie Sepe. Also, giveaways, champagne, hors d'oeuvres and charity: 5 percent of proceeds benefit the Ramos Hoops Academy Scholarships. <a href="http://www.lamoddesigns.com/" target="_hplink">La'Mod</a>: Designer Christina Brooke will present her new collection. Also enjoy a fashion demonstration, cocktails, gifts, pop-up shops, and items from the official FNO collection.
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