Vancouver’s shops and restaurants transform into party spaces on Thursday, September 6, for an evening of fashion and fun. It’s the first time Vancouver has participated in Fashion’s Night Out: a style celebration that started in NYC in 2009 and has spread to other fashion capitals including Milan, Paris and London.
FNO began as a way to bring the glitz and glamour of fall fashion week to shoppers. And many shoppers enjoy hanging out with designers, models and editors while getting discounts and sipping cocktails. The event hasn’t stopped expanding.
Fashion’s Night Out launches with a free, public fashion show at CBC Studio 40. Local celeb designers Jason Matlo and Jacqueline Conoir, as well as Van retailers, have put together a collection of catwalk looks. Doors open at 5:30 and the first 500 people there get seats.
Meanwhile, from 6-10pm, retailers throughout the city, from Robson Street to Gastown and Yaletown, have in store events that include DJs, gifts with purchase, discounts, complimentary (sometimes boozy) drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and more. You can also expect FNO restaurant specials from Thierry, CinCin, Blue Water and The Urban Tea Merchant. Details after the jump.
Find the full list of participating retailers/restaurants on the FNO website or by using the FNO Vancouver app (app.fnovancouver. com). Standout events include:
Tiffany & Co. (723 Burrard St): A sparkling party with special guest Vitamin Daily Editor Sarah Bancroft + art, tunes and treats.
French Connection (1150 Robson Street): Indie artists, gift bags for the first 200 guests, Peroni beer and snacks by Kashi.
Champagne + Seafood at Blue Water Cafe (1095 Hamilton St): Celebrating Fashion Night Out in Yaletown? Blue Water Cafe has put together the ultimate shopper’s fix – a chilled seafood platter paired with a glass of bubbly. Seafood platter + bubbly for two runs $45
Gap (1121 Robson St): DJ Ana plus guys’/gals’ 1969 jeans and cords on “buy one, get one 50% off.”
The Urban Tea Merchant (1070 West Georgia St): The FNO pop-up shop + tea-infused champagne, tea-cocktails and lite bite menu the evening of September 6. For the month of September and on September 6, The Urban Tea Merchant will also feature Haute Couture Tea Service on a three-tier platter.
Holt Renfrew (737 Dunsmuir St.): Celebrate Holt’s 175th birthday and enjoy shopping for exclusive limited-edition (and often magenta) products created by designers to mark the milestone.
FNO at CinCin Ristorante (1154 Robson St): Tired shoppers can head to CinCIn, located in the heart of the shopping district, for a luxurious FNO truffle pizza for $29.50, boasting an impressive 3g of black truffles.
Ishara (38 Water St.): An in-store, pop-up beauty lounge.
J.Crew: Music, food/beverages, glam makeovers and an exclusive gift with purchase for purchases $100+.
Thierry (1059 Alberni St.): Chef Thierry and his team will craft the “fashion-forward macaron,” made especially for Fashion Night Out. Open until midnight, the shop will be buzzing with bubbly and sweets for purchase.
MAC Cosmetics (908 Robson St.): Cocktails, canapes and make up artists who prep you for an in store passport photo.
Bar None Official FNO Vancouver After Party (1222 Hamilton St.): The Official FNO Vancouver After Party (10pm-1am) is open to the (age-appropriate) public. Celebrate at Bar None in Yaletown with everyone involved with organizing the event. Tix are $15. The first 300 guests will receive 2 complimentary drink tickets.