Fashion’s Night Out Hits Canada

Imagine a party where nine out of ten guests are women — fashionable ladies who are amped to be there (what’s the opposite of a sausage fest?) A place to drink free champagne while a DJ lights a fire under the room.

That’s what you can expect from Fashion’s Night Out, a global celebration of attire started in NYC in 2009 to help kick the recession. Parties are now happening across Canada this Thursday, September 6.

Shopping shindig ain’t your thing? Fair enough. But with fall coming and that promotion on the line, you could probably use some new shoes, maybe a belt, you big slob. And, hey, why not do your bi-annual clothes shopping where you might meet your future wife (or whatever)?

You’re attached? Take the significant other! Think of the points you’ll score for taking your main squeeze shopping.

For something truly homegrown, Roots will mark the inaugural occasion with plenty of music and genuine leather giveaways for which the iconic brand is known at its Eaton Center,Yorkdale and Bloor Street locations in Toronto, and on Robson Street in Vancouver.

Here’s a look at some other FNO highlights:


Light refreshments; DJs Markus Garcia of LOL Boys and Montreal’s own CFCF. Best dressed contest for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card. 90 Rue Saint Paul W., 6 p.m. to midnight

Quai 417
Cocktails and canapés. Designer Philippe Dubuc will unleash his Fall-Winter 2012-13 men’s collection. 417 Rue Saint-Pierre, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.


Holt Renfrew
Bloor Street between Yonge and Bay will shut for Holt’s street party, also a celebration of its 175th anniversary. Limited edition products on offer. 50 Bloor St. W., 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Cole Haan
Walk through the door, get a gift. Enter their sweepstakes to win cool prizes. 101 Bloor St. W., 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Banana Republic
Free umbrella! (if you spend more than $75.) Cocktails and a free gift. 1098 Robson St., 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

French Connection
Snacks by Summer Fresh & Kashi. Live music by some of Vancouver’s favourite indie artists. First 200 shoppers get a bag o’ swag. 1150 Robson St., 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.


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