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A User’s Guide to Fashion’s Night Out

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If you ask Michelle Trachtenberg politely maybe she’ll reprise this.

Well, it’s that time of year again: Friday’s Fashion’s Night Out brings a whole slew of free ways for you to stalk your favorite celebs, stare at pretty things you will pretend to consider to buy, and get some swag and music appreciation in while you’re at it. There’s a whole lot to sift through, so here’s our guide to help you through it.

Event: Barneys
Category: Watching Celebrities Do Things
Highlights: As if “Mary Kate and Ashley” isn’t enough to convince you. The twins host a celeb-filled karaoke contest that’s bound to be incredibly awkward, and therefore incredibly amusing. Or you can bring a friend to play doubles in ping-pong against design duos Rag & Bone, Shipley & Halmos, and Rogan.
Details: 6 to 11 at Barneys, 660 Madison Avenue

Event: Helmut Lang Block Party
Category: Live Entertainment (DJs)
Highlights: Hip partyographer of yesteryear Cobrasnake hosts this bash with plenty of signature cocktails from Death & Co. Darling DJ duo (and Paper Mag‘s “DJ of the Year” victors) Harley Viera-Newton and Cassie Coane provide the soundtrack. Note: There will be games.
Details: 819 Washington Street

Event: MAC
Category: Live Entertainment (Comedy)
Highlights: Sarah Silverman is doing stand-up and signing copies of her book. Maybe she’ll let you do her makeup, too.
Details: 8:15 p.m. at MAC Soho, 113 Spring Street

Event: Piper Lime
Category: Watching Celebrities Do Things
Highlights: Well, we just die for Rachel Zoe, and the flamboyantly dramatic stylist hosts the website’s first-ever pop-up store tonight and will be scurrying about styling you, too! The shopping will be great, we’re sure, but the real point here is to get Rachel to tell you how major you look. OMG, I die.
Details: 6 to 11 p.m. at Piper Lime Pop-Up, 93 Mercer Street

Event: Diane von Furstenberg & Refinery 29
Category: Celebrities
Highlights: Reality-TV star (and self-proclaimed important person) Olivia Palermo (PS: We haven’t seen you on Elle.com) and Molly Sims will be at your service at DVF tonight. Free food, VitaCoco, and Moet while you browse through editor-curated picks to the tunes of DJ Elisa Sednaoui.
Details: 6 to 11 p.m. at DVF, 874 Washington Street

Event: Opening Ceremony
Category: Shopping With Celebrities
Highlights: Ace Hotel turns into a “French-Style Flea Market” with booths by Alexander Wang, Band of Outsiders, Joseph Altuzarra, Patrik Ervell, and Rodarte. A few will be sporting their own exclusive FNO shirts and designer cupcakes, too.
Details: Ace Hotel, 20 West 29th Street

Event: Pop Magazine
Category: Live Entertainment (Music)
Highlights: The night after the grand reopening of Don Hills (under the direction of Paul Sevigny), the magazine hosts a night of music and dancing. The big surprise guest is the real reason we’d go — rumor has it that it’s this month’s cover star, Britney Spears. (!!!)
Details: Don Hill’s, 511 Greenwich Street

Event: Bergdorf Goodman
Category: Watching Celebrities Do Things
Highlights: Apparently fashion and karaoke go hand-in-hand this FNO. Bergdorf’s participants include Nicole Richie, Cynthia Rowley, Eugenia Kim, and Naeem Khan. Other ludicrous celeb-filled activities include a doggie-runway show (sorry, puppies!) and meet-and-greets with Tom Ford, Victoria Beckham, and Mary J Blige.
Details: Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Avenue

Event: Lord & Taylor
Category: Shopping, Food
Highlights: There will be clothes, but while the rest of New York isn’t eating during Fashion Week, you can binge on some of the city’s sweetest food trucks. Enjoy an after-work treat from Cupcake Stop, Street Sweats, Treats Truck, and the Van Leeuwan Artisan Ice Cream Truck!
Details: 6 p.m. at Lord & Taylor, 424 Fifth Avenue
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Event: JC Penny
Category: Watching Celebrities Do Things, Food, DJ
Highlights: Michelle Trachtenberg and Charlotte Ronson host and celebrate the latter’s fall collection with cupcake decorating and dance music courtesy of…Samantha Ronson (surprised?).
Details: 8 p.m. at JC Penny, 100 West 33rd Street

Event: Saks Fifth Avenue
Category: Watching Celebrities Do Things
Highlights: Celebrate Donna Karan’s 25th anniversary and play some games while you’re at it. Swoonfest Ed Westwick and Simon Spurr are available for a game of darts, while Chris Benz and Brian Reyes have taken the time out of their day to play Pictionary for you. This is Fashion Week.
Details: 8 p.m. at Saks, 611 Fifth Avenue

Event: Ralph Lauren
Category: Live Performance (Music)
Highlights: Janelle Monáe could not be a better fit for this Ralph Lauren in-store. Our favorite funkstress performs live at 9 p.m.
Details: 8 p.m. at Ralph Lauren Soho, 379 West Broadway

Event: Balenciaga
Category: Live Entertainment (Music)
Highlights: Model-turned-songstress and wife to the raddest guy around Karen Elson performs songs off her new album. We’re hoping Jack White stops by as well.
Details: 8 to 10:30 p.m. at Balenciaga, 542 West 22 Street

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