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You are now allowed to hyperventilate. The program of Fashion's Night Out events has been released, and the list of participating stores goes on and on. To help you decide your itinerary for the evening of September 10, we've done the dirty work and we'll present Top Ten lists every day this week. First we looked at the Top Ten Overall Events, but now on to the Top Ten Music Events.
From the looks of the event list, Fashion's Night Out will be all about three things: shopping, drinking and __________ (fill in the blank). "Schmoozing," you say? Close! The correct answer is "bootyshaking," as DJs and singers and even classical musicians will provide some background noise to your tipsy conversations.
Yet again, we've slogged through the muck of over a hundred event listings to feature the Top Ten Musical Events Of Fashion's Night Out. Enjoy, and leave the earplugs at home; these aren't concerts, they're up-close and personal performances.
10. Harley Viera Newton at Intermix and Tom Binns
There will no doubt be rivers of towncars ferrying celebs and designers to their many engagements during Fashion's Night Out, and one of the least anticipated is the double-booked DJ/it-girl Harley Viera Newton. A predictable favorite of the Cobrasnake, Harley deejays regularly enough around the city that we feel this is no special thing. Intermix: 98 Prince Street. Tom Binns: 41 Perry Street.
9. Lily Donaldson at Burberry
A chance to see Burberry's Spring/Summer 2009 campaign face in person is the main draw here, but Lily?who actually lives by Tompkins Square Park?will be "performing." We're not sure what, but it'll probably be something vaguely deejay-ish. 9 East 57th Street.
8. Andrew Andrew at Bergdorf Goodman
An event as huge as all that Bergdorf's has planned needs some good deejaying by people who project just the right amount of eccentricity but don't take the spotlight away from the designers on hand. They'll be relieved later on by other DJs Johnny Dynell and Jon Jon Battle. 754 Fifth Avenue.
7. Howie Day at Bloomingdale's
This should be interesting to say the least. What, were all of Bloomingdale's first, second, third and fourteenth choices of performers taken? Did Harley Viera Newton resist triple-booking? Nonetheless, Howie Day is promoting the upcoming release of a new CD, so hopefully this will all be new stuff. 1000 Third Avenue.
6. Coco Rocha at DKNY
We know where all the modelizers will be closing the evening: at DKNY where Coco Rocha is due to deejay from 9-11pm while DKNY cupcakes and bubbly are passed around. Following her, a duo will perform "violin and electro pop music." Trippy! 655 Madison Avenue
5. Giuseppe Zanotti at Giuseppe Zanotti
We've all seen Zanotti's heels for Balmain, but has anyone seen Zanotti? More importantly, has anyone seen Zanotti deejay? Now you can, as he will take to the booth as the night's guest DJ, spinning house music and turning his boutique "into a dance party." We also suggest getting your Zanotti heels signed on the instep. 806 Madison Avenue.
4. Oscar de la Renta at Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta sings? Better yet: you can watch Oscar de la Renta sing in his own store? This seems to be the case during Fashion's Night Out as Oscar hosts a cocktail party and sings a "few songs for top clients and friends." While this sounds private, that defeats the whole purpose of Fashion's Night Out, so we recommend showing up and seeing what happens. 772 Madison Avenue.
3. Eric Lewis at Donna Karan
Those who caught the Donna Karan F/W 2009 Fashion Show in February will remember the amazing rock-jazz pianist Eric Lewis, who played the show and earned massive applause. He'll be tickling the ivories again during Fashion's Night Out at Donna's flagship, while yet more champagne and hors d'oeuvres are passed. 819 Madison Avenue.
2. Matisyahu at Kenneth Cole
Because nothing screams fashion more than a Hasidic reggae rapper at Rock Center, Matisyahu will perform at the Kenneth Cole flagship, following up on his appearances in both a Kenneth ad campaign and book. As a special bonus, you can buy a limited-edition Cole tote with a money print, with proceeds going towards paying down the national debt (what?!). 610 Fifth Avenue (Rockefeller Center).
1. The Misshapes at Versace
Like it or not, the neon skinny jeans and ironic lens-less glasses will be out in full at Versace for The Misshapes' DJ set. Oh yea, and Ciara, Amy Sacco, Taylor Momsen and model Chanel Iman will be there too, so expect bouncers. Frankly, we're even surprised that this is a public event. If you're planning on going to this, get there early and don't even think about making it to anything else. 647 Fifth Avenue.
· Racked's Guide To Fashion's Night Out: Top Contests [Racked]
· Racked's Guide To Fashion's Night Out: Top 10 Events [Racked]
· Anna Wintour Visits Queens—And a Macy's—For the First and Last Times [Racked]
· Fashion's Night Out Directory [Official Site]