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Fashion's Night Out is tonight, and the list of participating stores goes on and on. To help you decide your itinerary for the evening, we've pulled together a series of Top Ten countdowns. We've already looked at the best musical performances, places to eat, beauty events, gimmicks, and pop-up shops; now here's a guide to the best parties.
Fashion's Night Out is certainly about the fashion, but let's be honest, the night is less about the shopping and more about the partying. This year, though, it looks like a lot of the stores have scaled back. Though everyone is still shilling booze and snacks, there are significantly fewer discos and dance-a-thons than there were last year. In lieu of the top ten parties, we bring you the best eight.
8. Cirque Du Soleil at Henri Bendel
The crew of Cirque Du Soleil's Zumanity will be in the house at Henri Bendel for a casino-themed event featuring a live performance. Enjoy cocktails from The Mulberry Project's mixologists and graze on food from some of the city's best food trucks, which will be parked on the third floor. 712 Fifth Avenue, 6pm
7. Surface to Air
If a band has an exclamation point built into their name, then dance music is guaranteed. At Surface to Air, the Brooklyn-based synthpop duo Holy Ghost! will provide the soundtrack. If you need motivation to get moving, there will be plenty of free vodka for that. 27 Mercer Street, 6pm
6. Questlove at Hoodie Shop
The theme for The Hoodie Shop's FNO party is "1970 Carnival," and as if that in itself isn't enough, they got Questlove to DJ it. Bonus: There will be fun house-themed snacks, drinks, and prizes. 181 Orchard Street, 6pm.
5. Alice & Olivia
Your 12-year-old self won't be able to resist Alice + Olivia's slumber party. Dance along to the hits of the 80s and watch chick flicks while enjoying sweet treats, getting your hair braided at the braid bar, and making charm bracelets. We suggest bringing your own pen and paper, in case you all of a sudden get into the mood to play a rousing game of M.A.S.H. 755 Madison Avenue, 6pm.
4. Diane von Furstenberg
Solange Knowles is DJing tonight's DVF party, which also includes makeovers from M.A.C. and palm reading. You'll be able to listen to the evening's entire playlist on the app Songza, so the next time you throw your own party, it'll be like having Solange there in the flesh. 874 Washington Street, 6pm.
Here are all the things you'll find at the Oak party: A graffiti artist custom graffiti-ing Cheap Monday shirts, two DJs (one of which is a man named Pjotr from Stockholm), and free beer and vodka. You won't be able to miss the event if you try, because there will be a custom Cheap Monday air dancer blowing in the wind outside the store, along with a projection of the fall runway show.28 Bond Street, 7pm.
2. Scoop NYC & AG's Giant Meatpacking Block Party
Scoop and AG Adriano Goldschmied, Beyond Vintage, and Yosi Samra will host a FNO block party at Scoop's Washington Street store. The evening will also include a personal appearance by Zac Posen, a DJ set by Mick Boogie, cocktails by Tequila Avion, and more music by the Brooklyn-based band St. Lucia. 875 Washington Street, 6pm
1. Opening Ceremony at the Ace Hotel
This year, Opening Ceremony at the Ace Hotel has partnered with 42 Below to convert the lobby into a "noraebang," or a private karaoke room, where guests can sing along with hosts Solange Knowles, Miguel, model Hyoni Kang, and more. Several designers, including Rodarte, Proenza Schouler and Band of Outsiders will be on hand, selling one-of-a-kind items from their closets. 20 West 29th Street, 6pm.