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Today begins one of the most exciting and hectic times for fashion mavens everywhere, New York Fashion Week(NYFW).

Hundreds of designers will be showing their Spring 2013 collections at Lincoln Park and various locations throughout the city for magazine editors, buyers, stylists, celebs, fashion lovers and the like.

Every year while living in NYC, I would take a trip to NYFW, whether in the Spring or Fall and whether I was attending a show or not, just to feel the energy of fashion week. If you’re a lover of fashion, there’s nothing like it!

*An “ancient” pic of me and one of my best friends at NYFW back in Fall 2008*

A complete list of major designers and their showtimes/locations can be found here, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

New York Fashion Week kicks off with a party, done only the way the fashion industry can, with Fashion’s Night Out(FNO).

In 2009, the CFDA and Vogue, came up with Fashion’s Night Out as a means to encourage consumers to come out to shop during the economic downturn. What better way to start fashion week than with a huge shopping party, right?? What started as a night of shopping events in New York City, 4 years ago, has grown into a global affair.

Starting at around 5/6 this evening, countless stores will be offering unique shopping experiences that include special discounts, live djays, hors d’oeuvres/cocktails and everybody’s favorite: swag bags.

Naturally the epicenter for DC’s FNO events will be Georgetown; however events will also be taking place at Mazza Galleria, Arlington and at area malls.

*taken from examiner.com*

Curious to know what type of events stores will be having? Here’s a taste:

CUSP

DC Scout is hosting an FNO party at CUSP Georgetown featuring music, refreshments & a chance to win a $500 CUSP gift card & a styling session with Meredith Liberty RSVP 6-9pm

Hu’s Shoes

Shop before anyone else at an exclusive Fashion’s Night Out party hosted by DC Refinery29 Editor, Holly Thomas. Purchase tickets on GiltCity.com and from 5-7pm you’ll sip on champagne and enjoy macarons while you shop. With over six seasons from designers like Balenciaga, Isabel Marant, Céline, The Row, Fendi at 80% off, there is something for every shopper. The first 25 Gilt City ticket holders to spend over $250 will all receive exclusive swag bags loaded with gifts. Additional hidden prizes like jewelry, clutches, gift cards and other swag will be hidden randomly in certain gift bags. After 7pm, the doors at Hu’s Shoes is open to all!

H&M

Visit H&M on Fashion’s Night Out to see our fantastic new Fall Collection. We’ll be serving up cool treats and hot sounds from our in store DJ. While you’re there make sure to enter to win a chance to attend a private performance by recording artist Lana Del Rey! Get ready to do some serious shopping!

Madewell

Local hairstylists will be braiding customers hair in several styles inspired by our denim collection. Customers who spend $100 or more will receive a gift with purchase. Refreshments will be provided. 6-8pm

Streets of Georgetown

1254 Wisconsin Ave.

In celebration of Fashion’s Night Out Streets of Georgetown and UrbanDaddy.com’s Jeff Dufour invite you to the Gentleman’s “Man Cave”. For a small fee of $25 which will be donated to the Greater Washington Sports Alliance, from 7-10pm you’ll get: complimentary bites courtesy of Morton’s The Steakhouse, complimentary beer courtesy of Lost Rhino Brewery, 30% off all purchases (10% of all sales to the Greater Washington Sports Alliance), exclusive preview of Fall 2012 Made-to-Measure fabrics. Plus, enter to win several fabulous prizes, including a Made-to-Measure suit (up to $2,000) and VIP tickets to DC United.

True Religion Brand Jeans

Celebrate FNO with the debut of the True Religion Coated Denim Collection. Exclusive printed treatments for women and bold masculine colors with a classic vintage feel for men. Stop by and enjoy refreshments along with an exclusive gift with any purchase during FNO (while supplies last)

*All info was taken from fnogeorgetowndc.com*
And SO much more!

For a complete list of tonight’s FNO participants and what they’ll be offering, check them out here.

Also be sure to head over to All Things Fashion DC, for a list of even more FNO events happening throughout the DC area through this weekend!

What should you wear, you asked? Here’s a simple suggestion for how to look chic but still maintain comfort while frolicking from store to store!

Pim+Larkin blazer – ppiperlime.com

Chiffon skirt by findersKEEPERS – shopbop.com

Racerback tanktop – topshop.com

Suede peeptoe maryjane – stevemadden.com

Layered necklace – metropark.com

Proenza Schouler leather bag – net-a-porter.com

Will you be attending any FNO events in your city? Or maybe you’re attending NYFW? We’d love to hear about it!

~ Dyanna

@DyannaLynn

@HighLifeSuite

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