Fashion's Night Out had precipitous timing this year, sandwiched in between the start of New York Fashion Week, the MTV Video Music Awards and President Obama's big speech at the Democratic National Convention. Of course, when presented with free booze, parties, celebs and great shopping, more than a few of us chose to head to our nearest FNO celebration.

For the annual event which Anna Wintour pioneered in 2009 as a retail boost to the slumping economy, designers, celebrities and shoppers flocked to stores in 19 countries to see, be seen, and of course, shop.

To name just a few of the happenings here in New York, Kim Kardashian got decked out in black at Lord & Taylor's event, and Dwayne Wade partied with Ryan Lochte, Karen Elson and Anna Wintour at Calvin Klein. "Bachelorette" Emily Maynard and her fiance Jef Holm poked around at Benefit. Kate Upton judging a karaoke competition at Michael Kors, and Jennifer Hudson debuted her new clothing line at a pop-up shop in the Meatpacking District. Our pinnacle, though, was Anna Wintour and Victoria Beckham (clad in a orange sheath) paling around at the Bergdorf party.

And beyond our neck of the wood: Paris, London and other cities around the globe also took part. Check out our slideshow below to get a glimpse of all the action!

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  • Dwyane Wade and Karen Elson

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  • Neil Young and Azealia Banks

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  • Darren Criss, Anna Wintour, Amar'e Stoudemire and Alexis Welch

    Saks Fifth Avenue. Getty Images.

  • Grace Coddington

    Balenciaga. Getty Images.

  • Kim Kardashian

    Lord And Taylor. Getty Images.

  • Sarah Jessica Parker

    Fred Leighton. Getty Images.

  • Cat Deeley

    Woolite. Getty Images.

  • James Conran and Coco Rocha

    Longchamp. Getty Images.

  • Jim Moore and Aziz Ansari

    GQ & Nordstrom. Getty Images.

  • Alessandra Ambrosio

    Victoria's Secret. Getty Images.

  • Amar'e Stoudemire

    Saks Fifth Avenue. Getty Images.

  • Anna Wintour

    Saks Fifth Avenue. Getty Images.

  • Victoria Beckham

    Bergdorf Goodman. Getty Images.

  • Ryan Lochte

    Calvin Klein. Getty Images.

  • Gabrielle Union

    Calvin Klein. Getty Images.

  • Aaron Carter

    GQ & Nordstrom. Getty Images.

  • Miroslava Duma and Tommy Ton

    Ferragamo. Getty Images.

  • Jamie Chung, Aziz Ansari and Bryan Greenberg

    GQ & Nordstrom. Getty Images.

  • Anya Ziourova, Anna Dello Russo and Elena Pernenova

    Ferragamo. Getty Images.

  • Ryan Lochte

    Guys Fashion's Night Out. Getty Images.

  • Bonnie Brooks and Kim Kardashian

    Lord And Taylor. Getty Images.

  • Rachel Roy

    Saks Fifth Avenue. Getty Images.

  • Kristi Yamaguchi

    Lord And Taylor. Getty Images.

  • Chris Bosh and Jim Nelson

    GQ & Nordstrom. Getty Images.

  • Sean Avery

    Stuart Weitzman. Getty Images.

  • Anna Wintour and Michael Kors

    Macy's. Getty Images.

  • Italo Zucchelli, Virginia Smith, Dwayne Wade and Francisco Costa

    Calvin Klein. Getty Images.

  • Dwyane Wade

    Calvin Klein. Getty Images.

  • Carol Alt

    Stuart Weitzman. Getty Images.

  • Kellan Lutz

    Bloomingdale's. Getty Images.

  • Scott Disick

    Macy's. Getty Images.

  • Debi Mazar

    Macy's. Getty Images.

  • Bethenny Frankel

    Macy's. Getty Images.

  • Alessandra Ambrosio

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  • Petra Nemcova

    Stuart Weitzman. Getty Images.

  • Vanessa Carlton

    Saks Fifth Avenue. Getty Images.

  • Jill Zarin

    Lord And Taylor. Getty Images.

  • Zac Posen

    Scoop NYC. Getty Images.

  • Liu Wen (Right)

    Calvin Klein. Getty Images.

  • Hanneli Mustaparta

    Calvin Klein. Getty Images.

  • Jeneil Williams and Francisco Costa

    Calvin Klein. Getty Images.

  • Dani Stahl

    Ferragamo. Getty Images.

  • Rebecca Minkoff

    Saks Fifth Avenue. Getty Images.

  • Lance Bass, Fern Mallis, Babi and Sachin Ahulawalia

    Saks Fifth Avenue. Getty Images.

  • Kimberly Ovitz

    Saks Fifth Avenue. Getty Images.

  • Adrienne Bailon

    ROOS Shane & Shawn. Getty Images.

  • Stuart Weitzman

    Stuart Weitzman. Getty Images.

  • Ryan Lochte

    Guys Fashion's Night Out. Getty Images.

  • Heather Thomson

    Bloomingdale's. Getty Images.

  • Italo Zucchelli and Virginia Smith

    Calvin Klein. Getty Images.

  • Bryan Adams and Tom Murry

    Calvin Klein. Getty Images.

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