Fashion's Night Out 2011: Finding fun far afield
We've already given you the heads-up about some of the local Fashion's Night Out activities taking place on Thursday evening -- and directed you to the event's official (and exhaustively detailed) website, but in the interest of showing some love to the wider So Cal efforts, we'll highlight a few of the events going on outside the Beverly Center-Rodeo Drive-West Hollywood triangle.
The plaza at Santa Monica Place will be the site of not one but two runway shows, the first scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and the second for 8 p.m., and featuring looks from tenant retailers including Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Michael Kors, Kenneth Cole and Betsey Johnson, and hosted by Lisa and Brittny Gastineau, who will also be showcasing their own jewelry line.
The evening at Westfield Topanga in Canoga Park includes a celebrity appearance by Tori Spelling (at 7 p.m.), followed by a fashion show (at 7:05 p.m.) and live musical performance by Paris Loves LA (7:30 p.m.) and $250 in receipts will earn you a $25 American Express gift card.
Guests visiting South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa will get the red-carpet treatment -- literally. The evening's activities include a red carpet step-and-repeat photo opportunity (resulting photos can be uploaded to Twitter or Facebook) and MAC Cosmetics makeovers with before-and-after photo evidence to take home.
A group of eight Abbot Kinney retailers who refer to themselves as the AK8 Collective (we're guessing "The Merchants of Venice" was already taken) have banded together to offer valet service, special events and a 10% discount on purchases Thursday evening. Participating boutiques include A+R (which has installed a trippy "melting shopping cart" window display for the occasion), Strange Invisible Perfumes (which will be deduting two new astrological scents -- Virgo and Pisces), and footwear and accessories boutique Mona Moore.
-- Adam Tschorn
Photos, from left: Youtube sensations Blair, left, and Elle Fowler will be at Fashion Island's Nordstrom store for FNO (Credit: Shea Walsh / AP Images for Cellairis); actress Tori Spelling will be making an appearance at Westfield Topanga in Canoga Park. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images).