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Fashion's Night Out: Events Worth Attending

Let the strategizing begin! After months of anticipation, we finally have a concrete itinerary for September 8 (ie Fashion's Night Out, ie THE BEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR!) and we're loving the selections on tap. After spending the better part of the day drooling over event listings, we can honestly report: Whether you're looking for celebrity sightings or straight-up free stuff, there is a little something for everyone on this retail-happy holiday. Sure, it might take you a bit of time to whittle down your list of must-visit venues, but in for now here's a few that stood out to us:

alice + olivia

find a location near you, aliceandolivia.com
All alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet stores will transform into whimsical carnivals, complete with free Sno-cones, cotton candy and classic street fair games.

Anya Hindmarch
118 South Robertson Boulevard Los Angeles CA 90048
Stop by the in-store pop-up photo studio and pose with a bag from the brand's current collection. The designer herself will choose her favorite picture of the bunch and gift the winner the bag they posed with. Plus, even if you don't get chosen, you get to take home your shot in a cute Anya Hindmarch photo holder.

40 Gansevoort Street New york, NY 10184
This may just be the first time you've played with Barbies since the second grade. Hook up with CFDA designers and everyone's favorite doll to join in a city-wide scavenger hunt, free rides aboard the Official FNO bus and fun prizes.

Belle by Sigerson Morrison
28 Prince Street New York, NY 10012
Belle is invading the Prince Street space of its sister label Sigerson Morrison to throw one wild bash you won't forget. Drop by to partake in an old-school house party, complete with kegs, snacks, hip-hop music and an in-house tattoo artist (bet you never had one of THOSE at your high school parties). 

Celebrate the return of Coach's classic Duffle Sac with seven of the industries' top fashion bloggers and editors. Peep pictures of the lovely ladies carrying the covetable bag and score one for yourself at the brand's Madison Avenue, Rodeo Drive and Forum II locations during Fashion's Night Out. Don't worry if you can't make an appearance; the Duffle will also be available to purchase on the company's e-tail site.

Forever 21
find a location near you, forever21.com
Courtesy of SCVNGR, Forever21 locations across the country will be hosting a virtual in-store scavenger hunt. Be sure to load up your Smartphone with the SCVNGR app before showing up--participation will lead to shopping rewards.

Shen Beauty
315 Court Street Brooklyn, NY 11231
This hidden gem (and favorite of NYC style setters such as Gwenyth Paltrow and Jessica Stam) is definitely worth the outer-burough trip on FNO. Pop in for a tête a tête with top beauty experts, not to mention free makeovers and giveaways galore.

Everyone's favorite online addiction is taking a break from the digital world to visit NYC on September 8. Stop by the Shopbop Lounge at the cross of 9th Ave. and 13th Street to visit with the site's top stylists, watch exclusive presentations and enter your name for a $5,000 shopping spree. Not in the neighborhood? Watch everything play out on live on www.shopbop.com/fashion-night-out.

What are you doing on September 8? For more parties and freebies near you, check fashionsnightout.com to plan your evening!

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