Tampa area malls plan big night for fashionistas
TAMPA - Shoppers who love fashion, cocktails and freebies should clear their calendars for tonight. International Plaza will hold its second official Fashion's Night Out, a once-a-year party when the mall's fanciest stores stay open late for parties, giveaways and photos on the red carpet. The Fashion's Night Out event began in New York City in 2009, when fashion icons such as Anna Wintour wanted to help the fashion industry come back after a slump. Now, the yearly event is global. Last year was the first time International Plaza participated, and the event drew 10,000 people. This year will likely attract more, said mall spokeswoman Nina Mahoney. There are a few other mall properties holding their own FNO events, including the Shops at Wiregrass, Westfield Citrus Park mall and WestShore Plaza — though the most elaborate parties will be at International Plaza."This fun event allows our retailers to introduce their new looks for the fall/winter season, thank their loyal shoppers and bring new shoppers," Mahoney said. Special events run from 6 to 9 p.m., though there are plenty of after-parties at places like Bar Louie and Ocean Prime. As always, the free stuff is only while supplies last. Here's a rundown of the big events: Dillard's: High-end formal fashion show at 6 and 7:15 p.m., but reserve a seat in advance by calling (813) 342-1220. The red carpet: Have your photo taken with celeb look-a-likes, like Katy Perry, Joan Rivers and Marilyn Monroe, with free hair and makeup touchups by Toni & Guy.Anne Fontaine: Sparkling beverages and free charm bracelet with purchase of $250 plus. The Art of Shaving: Free "royal shaves" (by appointment) by master barber Fernando. Aldo: Free iPhone case with any purchase, and 10 percent off entire purchase. Banana Republic: Wine, style consultations and 25 percent off purchase of $100. Ann Taylor: 25 percent off entire purchase. BCBGMAXAZRIA: Post your favorite fall look on Instagram #BCBGFNO to enter contest for free fall wardrobe. Brookstone: Free well-being massages. BrowArt23: Free wine, cheese, eye makeup demo and discount eyebrow grooming. Coldwater Creek: $25 off purchase of $100 or more. Crocs: 20 percent off by saying "We're here for Fashion's Night Out!" Destination Maternity: Enjoy light refreshments, "mocktails," and stretch mark crème or oil with your purchase of $175 or more. First Class Luggage: 50 percent off on most luggage sets and 10 percent off all non-TUMI leather items. Fly: In-store DJ and guest appearances by Famous Kid Brick and Bucs players. Free People: Live music. Tie-dye, do-it-yourself cloth bags if you "like us" and "check in" on Facebook while in store. Godiva: Free samples and demos to make chocolate-covered strawberries. H&M: In-store DJ and red carpet. Contest for trip to NYC for H&M fall fashion and to meet models and celebrities. Henri Bendel: Free Bendel striped iPhone case with any purchase. Jessica McClintock: Sample of Jessica McClintock fragrance with any dress purchase. Regis Signature Salon& Spa: Free NuFace mini facial lifts. Sephora: Free lash application with purchase of false eyelashes. Tory Burch: Champagne and "sweet treats." True Religion Brand Jeans: Free refreshments, True Religion iPhone case with any purchase, while supplies last. UNO de 50: Free sangria (non-alcoholic), hors d'oeuvres and live Spanish guitar. Venus mini Med Spa: Botox giveaway. Free Botox filler, consultations, Revision medical-grade skin care giveaway, raffle and free samples. Williams-Sonoma: Free samples of fall foods. Bar Louie: Enjoy $5 cosmopolitans and diva martinis; half-priced bruschetta pomodora and spinach artichoke dip. Brio Tuscan Grille: Dine on $35 prix fixe menu. $3.95 bar menu 3 to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. Happy hour drink specials 3 to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. Gallery Eclectic Bistro: Enjoy two-for-one on all wells, drafts, house wines and your choice of any of 12 flavored Smirnoff vodkas. Ocean Prime: FNO After Party with live music, a free "hypnotini" (a blue cocktail) plus four cocktails and two wines for $8 each, and appetizers from $4 to $12.
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