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Nicole Richie to host a fashion show for L.A.'s FNO

August 22, 2011 |  6:00 am

Nicole Richie
Los Angeles' plans for this year's Fashion's Night Out shopping-as-economic-stimulus event, scheduled for Sept. 8, have been announced and the FNO website, the clearinghouse for officially sanctioned events around the globe, is now up and running.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will again kick things off in the Center Court area of the Beverly Center, and Nicole Richie will host one of two fashion shows on the schedule. (A full run-down of the shopping center's events and a timetable can be found at the shopping center's website.)

Beverly Hills seems to be going from circus-like atmosphere to full-blown circus -- with plans to not only bring back last year's Ferris wheel, but add a Cirque du Soleil partnership to the mix (look for stilt-walkers and flamethrowers, details updated here.

Elsewhere, celebrity stylist Melis Kuris (not to be confused with stylish celebrity Mila Kunis) is on tap to kick things off at Newport Beach's Fashion Island, and West Hollywood is throwing an after-party at the once-impenetrable fortress of nightlife mere mortals know as the Skybar.

While we here at All The Rage will continue to do our level best to pass along any truly newsworthy FNO-related tidbits as the merchandise Mardi Gras gets closer, the explosive growth in the number of Southern California retailers hopping on board the FNO train make it a Sisyphean task to keep track.

Fortunately, the official website has some new features that can help: This year, shoppers can narrow their focus to city level, search alphabetically and build out their own "My Night Out" list from which to strategize. As of this writing, there are already 144 events tagged for Los Angeles, 60 tagged for Beverly Hills and 19 tagged for West Hollywood.



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 -- Adam Tschorn

Photo: Actress and fashion designer Nicole Richie, on the red carpet at the 82nd annual Academy Awards in 2010. Credit: Kirk McKoy . Los Angeles Times.