Let’s be honest: Shopping isn’t really the main attraction of Fashion’s Night Out. Who has time to sift through sales racks when there are so many parties to go to? Some events—Drake’s DJ set at Versace, Neon Indian’s invite-only gig at the Mondrian SoHo—will be trickier to get into than others, but fear not. We’ve scoured the internet and compiled a list of the best places to catch live music and indulge in light celeb-stalking, and they’re all free.
Host: Alexander Wang
Highlights: Pre-selected shoppers will participate in a “talent show” judged by a panel of secret celeb judges and Wang himself. It should be noted that we really love this guy. Last year he credited Diplo as his musical inspiration and this year he’s got the effortlessly stylish Spank Rock and Santigold representing his brand for the fall. Here’s assuming that some combination o the above will be on that “celeb panel.” Right on.
Details: 386 Broadway.
Highlights: The skin-care line is throwing a Karaoke Karnival (their spelling, not mine) with a special performance by Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean that promises “special guests.” Maybe Howie is in town?
Details: 107 3rd Avenue.
Highlights: Apparently Jersey Shore cast member Pauly D’s wedding gift to Kim Kardashian includes a FNO DJ set at the store she co-owns with her sisters Kourtney and Khloe. If you watched any of the New York-set shows about the sisters, you’ll know that Kanye drops by the store relatively frequently. And who knows who Pauly might bring along with him. That’s some motivation, right?
Details: 119 Spring Street, 6 p.m.
Highlights: There’s a bit of it all here tonight. GQ and Dockers team up for an amusing three-way collaboration with Donald Glover, a.k.a. Childish Gambino. Elsewhere in the store, lo-fi dream rockers Beach Fossils perform. And if you want to get one last taste of summer, head to Fred Perry’s post, where you’ll find skee ball, beers, and music provided by DJ Oliver Stark. Winner gets two free tickets to the concert of their choice at Brooklyn Bowl.
Details: Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Avenue
Host: Juicy Couture
Highlights: In one of the weirder FNO collaborations, New Wavey Canadians Metric will be doing a live set at the store. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails too!
Details: 368 Bleecker Street, 6 p.m.
Host: Saks Fifth Avenue
Highlights: Party god Andrew W.K. brings his club Santos Party House to Saks in full. This means disco balls, party favors, and rally cries. Live performances include Ne-Yo, who will be singing in celebration of his new hat line, while on another floor Questlove spins jams while the cocktails flow.
Details: 611 Fifth Avenue, 6 p.m.
Highlights: Here we have a karaoke contest judged by the Olsen twins. If karaoke isn’t your thing, you’re welcome to try your hand in ping-pong or musical chairs. Yes, musical chairs.
Details: 660 Madison Avenue, 6 p.m.
Highlights: Theory brings the outer boroughs to the Meatpacking district with live performances by dancey duo Tanlines, the glorious MNDR, and rockers Freelance Whales. If nothing else, we can’t wait to see what MNDR will be wearing.
Details: 38 Gansevoort Street, 6 p.m.
Host: Caravan Stylist Studio
Highlights: Rye Rye, the sassy rapper from Baltimore and M.I.A.’s self-proclaimed protegee, performs live in the Sky Room’s penthouse. This girl has more swag rocking her boldly printed leggings and hand-painted high-tops than all of Williamsburg combined. Fashionistas take note.
Details: Sky Room, 330 West 40th Street, 8 p.m.
Highlights: Kelly Rowland and Joss Stone perform live while Bobbi Brown, Rachel Roy, Miss J, and Tommy Hilfiger head up their own mini-parties in various departments. Somewhere in the mix Diddy will be posted up at a pool table, taking on challenges from shoppers. Diddy!
Details: 424 Fifth Avenue
Host: Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream
Highlights: Pharrell hosts a party to celebrate the unveiling of BBC’s new t-shirt collabs. In-store DJs will play music from an upcoming N.E.R.D. project as you sip on ice cream cocktails.
Details: 456 W Broadway.
Host: Stella McCartney
Highlights: Check out DJ sets from Alexa Chung, Eltra Weidemann and Jen Brill while downing soft pretzels and cocktails.
Details: 429 West 14th Street, 6 p.m.
Highlights: SNL’s unbearably charming Seth Meyers is the bartender for this open-bar cocktail hour. Now you just have to decide what to order from him. Note: A whiskey on the rocks might look cool, but a mojito gives you more time to become his new best friend.
Details: 595 Madison Avenue, 6 p.m.
Host: Helmut Lang
Highlights: To hell with the rain. Technically summer isn’t over yet, right? Helmut Lang takes you to the beach with a party that features a live performance by Best Coast, free snacks from Luke’s Lobster Truck, and signature cocktails courtesy of Death + Company.
Details: 93 Mercer Street, 6 p.m.
Host: Yves Saint Laurent
Highlights: NICKI MINAJ DOES FASHION’S NIGHT OUT. Do we need to say more?
Details: 3 East 57th Street, 7 p.m.
Host: John Varvatos
Highlights: The Roots take over the tiny basement of the old CBGB for an all-out jam session with very amazing blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr.
Details: 315 Bowery, 9 p.m.
Host: Diane von Furstenberg
Highlights: Estelle performs songs off her upcoming album All of Me while the liquid energy, via complimentary drinks from the new-to-NYC caffeine chain Coffee Bean, flows. Honestly, with all the free booze FNO has in store, it probably wouldn’t hurt to take a coffee break.
Details: 874 Washington Street, 6 p.m.
Highlights: The store is throwing a Mercer vs. Howard Block Party with food stands, drinks and
a four-hour DJ set by LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy music that won’t be spun by Murphy, alas.
Details: 5 Mercer Street, 6-11 p.m.
Highlights: Foster the People performs the summer anthem “Pumped Up Kicks” and DJs AndrewAndrew spin music before and after. The free Patron popsicles and complimentary cocktails should help distract from any popped collars you may see here.
Details: 608 Fifth Avenue, 6 p.m.
Highlights: DFA dance outfit Holy Ghost! DJ dance music, rock, and New Wave at the SoHo store’s cocktail hour.
Details: 575 Broadway, 6 p.m.
Highlights: Citizens of Humanity, Birchbox, and Yosi throw a storefront block party with food and drinks. DJs include designer Zac Posen and DJ Jus Ske, who will play music as local artists turn Scoop’s Meatpacking windows into a collaborative graffiti piece.
Details: 861 Washington Street.