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The Ultimate Guide to Fashion’s Night Out

Fashion’s Night Out is fast approaching, which means you have mere days to finalize your plan of attack. Anna Wintour is hitting up at least eighteen stores this September 10, and since we’re assuming you have no T-shirts to sign and/or entourage to slow you down, there’s no reason you can’t, too. We’ve combed through more than 950 events to bring you the best spots for spending money, tearing up the dance floor, drinking for free, stuffing your face for free, and rubbing up against celebrities (ew, not like that!).

Of course, if the thought of last year's crushing crowds has you wanting to assume the fetal position, stay right where you are: The Cut will be dispatching loads of reporters all across the city, and chronicling their findings via the blog and our Twitter feed. Also, be sure to check out Barneys' blog, BSides, where Tavi Gevinson will be posting live. Then on September 14, tune in to CBS to watch a one-hour documentary on the making of Fashion’s Night Out, where you’ll be able to witness Vogue’s heavy hitters hosting fashion power breakfasts over tables heaped with untouched muffins. A night well spent, no matter how you spend it.

Stop by... If you want to...
A Bathing Ape (BAPE) ... stock up on candy-colored streetwear, check out the label's limited-edition Kid Cudi collaboration, or browse a Sanrio pop-up shop.
Oak ... put your jewelry-making skills to the test at a Surface to Air kiosk, shred some T-shirts with the LNA designers, or style models in Kai-aakman samples for the chance to win a $500 gift card.
Partners & Spade ... embrace outsider fashion. Vena Cava and Subports are selling one-of-a-kind creations handmade by people with no connection to the industry, including a police officer, a toddler, an Oklahoma farmer, some prisoners, and, awesomely, designer Lisa Mayock's dad.
Debut New York ... declare your love for Simon Doonan, Glenn O'Brien, Kim Hastreiter, André Leon Talley, Lynn Yaeger, or Olivier Zahm with a T-shirt tribute. The shop's hand-painted Faces of Fashion tees retail for $200 a pop; proceeds benefit the Savannah College of Art and Design.
What Comes Around Goes Around ... shop for reworked vintage and hobnob with Pamela Love, Thread Social's Melissa Akey and Beth Blake, and Gilded Age's Stefan Miljanic.
Alexander McQueen ... purchase limited-edition Alexander McQueen snakeskin skull bracelets and enter a raffle to win one of the designer's Union Jack clutches.
Franklin Street's Alter, Dalaga, and Hayden-Harnett ... take advantage of the FNO action but refuse to brave the Manhattan crowds. This Greenpoint, Brooklyn, strip boasts a photo booth at Alter, free totes and Champagne at Dalaga, and a designer meet-and-greet at Hayden-Harnett.
In God We Trust ... hang with manly men. The Parlour Brooklyn barbershop has teamed with IGWT to offer free straight-razor shaves, drinks, live music, caricatures, tattoos, custom wallet stamping, and personalized engravings.
Kirna Zabête ... spend, spend, spend. The super-stylish owners of this tastemaking boutique asked a slew of designers to created limited-edition merch exclusive to FNO: Offerings include Proenza Schouler's mini P.S. 1 wallets, Thakoon's wave-printed tops and tap pants, and Aurelie Bidermann's swan-feather earrings.
Re/Dress ... teach the size-negative fashion industry a thing or two about curves. This plus-size Boerum Hill vintage boutique is hosting a trunk show celebrating new Canadian label Lotus Clothing. Shoppers will receive gift bags and discounts, and get the opportunity to participate in a letter-writing and video campaign highlighting the lack of attention paid to women sizes 14 and up.
Jeffrey ... buy a limited-edition Proenza Schouler black leather messenger bag for an unheard-of $250.
Screaming Mimi's ... have other people do the hard work for you. Here, you can browse racks curated by heavy hitters like Lynn Yaeger, Kim Hastreiter, Richie Rich, and Mr. Mickey.
The Crangi Family Project ... nab Giles & Brother designer Philip Crangi's African glass bead necklaces for $55 to $75.
Opening Ceremony at the Ace Hotel ... browse a French-style flea market with booths manned by the likes of Alexander Wang, Band of Outsiders, Joseph Altuzarra, Patrik Ervell , and Rodarte.
Eponymy ... browse comic books, vibrators, and vintage Chanel jackets at a laid-back Brooklyn block party.
Stop by... If you want to...
C.O. Bigelow ... catch Jersey Shore's Vinny Guadagnino in all of his ab-flashing glory. He'll be at the apothecary talking about his favorite grooming products. (Our guesses? Hair gel, self-tanner, and Axe body spray.)
Mulberry ... pose with one of Mulberry's giant glitter-dipped leopards. You can even get your face painted to match!
Gant ... ogle lacrosse players showering in the store's windows.
Kiki de Montparnasse ... load up on free Champagne and then get frisky in the shop's "erotic photo booths."
Louis Vuitton ... shoot performance artist Ryan McNamara leading a team of 30 spray-paint-wielding dancers in some LV bag graffiti art.
Moschino ... have your picture taken inside a gigantic handbag.
Henri Bendel ... get made over at the Frederic Fekkai salon ($75), throw on a Marchesa dress and some House of Lavande jewels, and then have your pic snapped on a faux red carpet. (Olivia Palermo will be standing by to help you perfect your bitchiest pose.)
Stop by... If you want to...
The Crangi Family Project ... eat oysters with the Costello Tagliapietra boys.
Odin ... lick up some Brooklyn Brown Ale– and honey-flavored ice creams, courtesy of Shipley & Halmos and Guerilla Ice Cream.
Oak ... throw back some PBR like the hipster that you are.
Billy Reid ... experience Southern hospitality in all its free, bourbon-fueled glory.
Versace ... drink one (or five) martinis before looking at the price tags.
Matthew Williamson ... get soused on Belvedere's dime. Free vodka? Yes, please!
Henri Bendel ... mainline some liquid courage from Svedka's third-floor vodka lounge before challenging Olivia Palermo to a pose-off.
Bergdorf Goodman ... drink from crystal goblets. No–really! Bergdorf has assured the New York Times that they'll only be serving drinks out of crystal, despite reports of smashed glasses last year.
Bloomingdale's ... see a cooking demo with Iron Chef Morimoto, or take a cookie-decorating lesson with Tadashi.
Lord & Taylor ... sample goods from Cupcakestop, Street Sweets, Treats Truck, and the Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream trucks.
Macy's Herald Square ... snack on food and cocktails courtesy of Aquavit 's Marcus Samuelsson.
Tory Burch ... Gorge on barbecue staples like burgers and hot dogs, courtesy of Shake Shack.
Stop by... If you want to...
Barneys ... have your karaoke skills judged by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler; play a game of Ping-Pong doubles against rag & bone 's David Neville and Marcus Wainwright, Shipley & Halmos 's Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos, or Rogan's Rogan Gregory and Scott Hahn; and sniff perfume with Daphne Guinness.
Bergdorf Goodman ... watch Cynthia Rowley, Eugenia Kim, Naeem Khan, Nicholas Kirkwood, Nicole Richie, and Norma Kamali rock the mike at their own karaoke party; witness a doggie runway show featuring fashions by Georgina Chapman, James Mischka, Thakoon, and other biggies; or just shake hands with Jason Wu, Tom Ford, Victoria Beckham , Thom Browne, Mary J. Blige, and Simon Spurr.
Bloomingdale's ... meet Michael Kors in the handbag section, rub elbows with Elie Tahari on the third floor, or test your Ping-Pong skills (again) against Simon Spurr or Michael Williams of men's blog A Continuous Lean.
Saks Fifth Avenue ... play Pictionary with Chris Benz and Brian Reyes, throw darts with Simon Spurr and Ed Westwick, high-five Donna Karan (it's her brand's 25th anniversary), or hang with Charlotte Ronson, Rebecca Minkoff , Joy Gryson, and Viktor & Rolf's Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren.
Dolce & Gabbana ... risk facial contusion by BlackBerry. Naomi Campbell will be here signing limited-edition D&G T-shirts.
Armani ... get made up like a supermodel in Giorgio Armani cosmetics, and then, you know, feel terribly, instantly fug when you meet real supermodel and guest du jour Bar Refaeli.
Macy's Herald Square ... see proof that slashies Joss Stone and Jessica Simpson are still designing shoes. They'll be greeting fans, as will Tommy Hilfiger, Rachel Roy , Jessica Stam, Oscar de la Renta, and Kimora Lee Simmons.
Piperlime
pop-up shop (93 Mercer St., at Spring St.)
... get your reality-TV fix: Rachel Zoe and the current contestants from Project Runway will all be on hand, offering styling advice and Facebook opps. (This is your big chance to tell Gretchen exactly what you think of her!)
Jeffrey NYC ... confess in person your undying adoration of L'Wren Scott, Jason Wu, Nicholas Kirkwood , Monique Pean , and, oddly, Christina Ricci.
IF Boutique ... try to convince Eddie Borgo that you're the next Kate Lanphear. If that fails, you can always try your persuasive magic on Ohne Titel 's Alexa Adams and Flora Gill.
Kirna Zabête ... down complimentary cocktails with Alexander Wang, the Proenza Schouler boys, Thakoon, Peter Som, Jason Wu, Aurelie Bidermann, Chrissie Morris, Elise Overland , and fitness guru Tracy Anderson.
Stop by... If you want to...
Ralph Lauren ... dance the Tightrope with André Leon Talley at a performance by neo-soulster Janelle Monae.
Balenciaga ... join host Nicholas Ghesquiére in swaying ever so slowly to model turned country musician Karen Elson performing songs from her debut album, The Ghost Who Walks.
Helmut Lang ... toss back Death & Company cocktails while fashion "It" girl Harley Viera Newton mans the turntables.
DKNY ... bust a move within eyesight of Donna Karan, D.J. Leigh Lezark, and the boutique's digital photo booths.
Tracy Reese ... compete in a dance-a-thon hosted by Tracy Reese and D.J.-ed by Nylon's Rajni Jacques.

See more from our Fashion's Night Out preview:
Fashion's Night Out Ping-Pong Face-off
Slideshow: 40 Things to Buy on Fashion's Night Out
Exclusive Slideshow: Cindy Sherman for Balenciaga at Fashion’s Night Out

Photo: Courtesy of Patrick McMullan, iStockphoto

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