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There are two and a half hours left until Fashion's Night Out begins, which means we have one final Top Ten countdown left to go. In the spirit of earlier lists like the best gimmicks and best places to eat, we now present The Top Ten Parties of Fashion's Night Out.
In theory, Fashion's Night Out is about supporting retail during these troubled times. In practice, it's more like Halloween multiplied by New Year's Eve minus straight guys. The following ten FNO events embrace the party factor, adding music, dancing, and general carousing to the everyday shopping experience.
10. Gatsby hat party at Worth & Worth
An old-fashioned celebration in honor of English literature's greatest host, the Gatsby party at this classic hat shop includes a photo booth, a celebrity hat auction, and a build-your-own-hat workshop. There's also a surprise musical guest. This might be the best option out there for anyone who wants to dress up and dance but doesn't want to deal with a massive bridge-and-tunnel crowd. 45 West 57th Street, 6pm.
9. Dance-a-Thon at Tracy Reese
Tracy Reese's girly, full-skirted dresses are perfect for dancing, so maybe it makes sense that the designer loves to get down. For the second year in a row, she'll be hosting a dance contest at her Meatpacking District boutique. Impress her, and who knows what you'll win? 641 Hudson Street, 6pm.
8. Disco night at Tiffany
The iconic Fifth Avenue location turns back the clock three and a half decades for a store-wide celebration of the disco era. Get your picture taken in the Pop Art Photo Booth, dance to the Beegees via DJ KISS, check out the label's new archive-inspired collection, and hear a live musical performance by Leighton Meester at 8pm. 727 Fifth Avenue, 6pm.
7. Teen Vogue's Block Party
As of this writing, Weather.com doesn't think it's going to start raining until 9pm. So you should get at least three hours to enjoy a pop-up shop selling Vans designed by Teen Vogue editors, free Essie manicures, AriZona Iced tea smoothie and popsicle bars, and a show by Sky Ferreira. Note that this party is being thrown by Vogue's under-21 sister, and plan any pre-gaming accordingly. Bleecker Street at West 11th Street, 6pm.
6. Scoop's Dance Party with Zac Posen
Scoop's Meatpacking District block party is close enough to Teen Vogue's West Village block party that you could double up, if you were so inclined. In addition to the chance to meet Fashion's Night Out MVP Man Repeller and watch artist Curtis Kulig decorate Scoop's windows, this party offers the musical stylings of one DJ Zac Posen. 861 Washington Street, 6pm.
5. Celebrity DJs at Stella McCartney
The Meatpacking District store will be encouraging dancing with a trio of It Girl DJs: Madewell muse Alexa Chung, model and Isabella Rossellini offspring Elettra Wiedemann, and photo agent and onetime Terry Richardson paramour Jen Brill. 429 W. 14th Street, 7pm.
4. Carnival at Alice + Olivia
FNO is a total circus, and Alice + Olivia plans to embrace that fact with carnival games, stilt walkers, fortune tellers, and other Big Top–appropriate entertainments. Snack on cotton candy and popcorn, drink cocktails, enter yourself for a raffle worth up to $500 in gift cards, and possibly walk away with brand-new hair—Sebastian stylists will be on the scene offering hair extensions to guests. 80 W. 40th Street and 755 Madison Avenue, 6pm.
3. Opening Ceremony's Carnival at the Ace Hotel
Jansport! Miss Piggy! Argentina! Keds! There are so many things happening at OC's Ace Hotel festival that it's a little hard to keep track of them all, although you can find a helpful rundown on the store's blog. If last year's France-themed party is any indication, don't go in expecting bargains. Then again, that's never been what OC's all about. 20 W. 29th Street, 6pm.
2. Drake at Versace
Even minus the celebrity factor, we get the feeling Versace knows how to throw a party. Anyone lucky enough to wrangle an invitation to this RSVP-only event will get to watch Drake practice the art of turntablism along with his DJ, Future the Prince. Champagne will be served, and a percentage of sales proceeds will go to the Whitney. 647 Fifth Avenue, 7pm.
1. Oak's Disco Dive
Speaking of people who know how to throw a party: Oak takes Tiffany's disco theme and roughs it up a bit. Upstairs, the Bond Street store will be hosting an uptown-style disco with interiors designed by original Studio 54 architect Scott Bromley. Downstairs, they'll have a downtown rock dive run by the guys behind Ksubi. Either way, their Facebook page promises "a real wild time." 28 Bond Street, 7pm.