With so many neighborhoods and stores celebrating Fashion's Night Out in the DMV, we’re having a seriously hard time deciding which shops and shindigs to visit on Thursday night (we know, we know – first-world problems). Luckily, we've checked out all the options and selected our favorite deals, events, and discounts. You can bet that this is the best shopping you’ll do this year — and for once, you can justify it as "boosting the local economy." So, pick out some gorg footwear you can walk in, and click to plan your celebration of local fashion. In the District:
Georgetown will be buzzing with dozens of events on Thursday. Stores along M Street and Wisconsin Avenue (and all in between) will offer discounts and freebies (like complimentary facials at Kiehl's), and you can’t miss the pop-up outdoor parties — think full-fledged disco fest hosted by the Fatback DJs in the parking lot of PNC Bank (at Wisconsin Avenue and M Street NW, 7-10 p.m.) or the Brightest Young Things lounge on the Dean & Deluca patio (3276 M Street NW, 7:30-11 p.m.). Our picks for must-visit store events:
Meet your very own D.C. editor Holly Thomas at Hu’s Wear — and score some amazing spring '12 and fall '11 designer duds at 80% off (think Lanvin, Balenciaga, and Isabel Marant). Yes, you read that right — we’ll see you there!
Where: Hu's Wear, 2906 M Street NW, 202-342-2020.
Sip champagne and snag 50% off at Charm Georgetown’s "Bubbles & Baubles" party — and enter to win a gift bag of goodies from the boutique. 6-11 p.m.
Where: Charm Georgetown, 2910 M Street NW; 202-298-0420.
Urban Chic is hosting a Rebecca Minkoff trunk show where you’ll walk away with savings of 20%, plus cocktails, cupcakes from Freshly Baked and Georgetown Cupcake, and beach waves courtesy of Easel Hair Studio. 6-11 p.m.
Where: Urban Chic Georgetown, 1626 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202-338-5398.
Don't miss Bluemercury Georgetown’s FNO celebration: Stop by for a complimentary facial, champagne, and a chance to stock up on all your favorite supplies. If you spend $150, you’ll get a gift bag of beauty loot handpicked by CEO Marla Malcolm Beck, complete with treats from Bumble & bumble, Darphin, Fresh, Laura Mercier, Trish McEvoy, and more. 6-9 p.m.
Where: Bluemercury Georgetown, 3059 M Street NW; 202-965-1300.
Some of D.C.'s chicest denizens are setting up at the Georgetown showroom for Swiss beauty brand Alchimie Forever. You'll find lovely shoes from Simply Soles, beauty must-buys from Alchimie Forever, free eyebrow shaping from Karma Erwin Gomez, and vintage clothes and accessories from Butler & Claypool, plus Fresh 94.7's Kelly Collis holding court. 6-10 p.m.
Where: Alchimie Forever, 1010 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 201; 202-530-3930. Heading north from Georgetown, Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie in Friendship Heights is a one-stop shop for FNO fun. Come for the trend presentations, beauty tips from the pros, cocktails, light bites, music, and all the fashion you can handle — and you’ll get $50 off regular-priced purchases of $350 or more. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202-966-9700. Outside the District:
There's a lot happening outside the city, too. Old Town Alexandria's shops, salons, and restaurants are hosting a bounty of cool events and offering steep discounts. Be sure to check out the fashion show at Torpedo Factory Art Center, which will be emceed by Monte Durham of TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta." You’ll score complimentary beauty treatments, wine tastings, and appetizers. 7-9 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m.
Where: Torpedo Factory, 105 North Union Street, Alexandria; 703-838-4565.
Head to Zoe Boutique for prosecco, cake pops, prizes, and party favors, and the chance to shop designer wares from Tracy Reese, Rebecca Taylor, and more. Enter the raffle to win bracelets, a $200 gift certificate to the store, or a swanky tote. 6-10 p.m.
Where: Zoe Boutique, 130 South Union Street, Alexandria; 571-970-6324.
Bellacara, our go-to spot for beauty brands, like Kiehl’s, Skinceuticals, Philosophy, and Dermalogica, will offer complimentary makeovers and a special promotion to shoppers. 6-11 p.m.
Where: Bellacara, 1000 King Street, Alexandria; 703-299-9652.
You’ll rarely find a sale or discount at An American in Paris, a high-end French boutique with a beautifully curated selection of under-the-radar designer pieces. But, on Thursday, this shop is offering FNO shoppers a one-time-only 20% off discount. Open until 9 p.m.
Where: An American In Paris, 1225 King Street Alexandria; 703-519-8234.
Calling all mall rats: Tysons Galleria is hosting your dream night. Twenty-plus retailers (including David Yurman, Tory Burch, J.Crew, and Saks Fifth Avenue) will offer special in-store promotions, fabulous giveaways, and fun contests. Don’t miss the signature Fashion’s Night Out cocktail at the Ritz-Carlton. 6-9 p.m.
Where: Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Drive, McLean; 703-827-7700.
For our Fairfax friends, Undeniable Boutique is your spot. This Soho-inspired boutique is one of our favorites, and the FNO celebration will close Grand Commons Avenue for a fashion show featuring fall styles and live music. 6-9 p.m.
Where: Undeniable Boutique, Fairfax Corner, 11891 Grand Commons Avenue, Fairfax; 703-327-4417.
If you don’t see your neighborhood here, there’s no reason to miss out! Try FNO’s Outside New York Night Planner and search for your state and city to check out what’s happening in your area. There's also a D.C.-specific FNO directory that lists events by neighborhood.
Photos: Courtesy of FNO Georgetown and Undeniable Boutique