Your Ultimate Party Guide To Fashion’s Night Out In San Francisco

For us style junkies, planning this year’s Fashion Night Out is already plenty stressful, especially narrowing down the most in-vogue ensemble possible! So, to help ease the load, we’ve tackled the city’s horde of sartorial shindigs and created the definitive checklist for all things FNO. From a runway showdown of local talent to ultra rare in-store pop-up shops, our roundup ensures your party-hopping plans are the haute couture of all rendezvous.
Hayes Valley:


If you crave statement-making studs, pendants, and baubles as much as we do, then Hayes Street boutique Azalea is your one-stop shop. Create the jewelry box of your dreams by perusing the 2 Bandits trunk show full of antique brass, silver, and gold trinkets that we’re majorly jonesing for. The best part? These charms won’t break the bank, since if you spend $150 or more, you automatically receive 15% off! And that's not all: Enjoy a DJ set by Manics and finger-lickin' nibbles served up by local fave, Straw.

When: Thursday, September 6, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Azalea, 411 Hayes Street (at Gough Street); 415-861-9888.


Rand + Statler’s Swedish Hasbeens Pop-Up

Clog coveters, this one’s for you! Rand and Statler and our very own Senior Editor, Katie Hintz-Zambrano, are playing host to the night’s hottest shoe party. Snag a pair of wooden-platform beauts cobbled by footwear line Swedish Hasbeens and cash in on a 15% discount when spending $250 or more.

When: Thursday, September 6, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Rand and Statler, 425 Hayes Street (at Gough Street); 415-634-0881.


Fashionably Late: Union & Fillmore Streets

The stellar lineup of shopping destinations along Union and Fillmore streets have always been heaven for our wardrobes, and this Thursday they’ll be just as saint-like for our wallets, too. Stores like Chloe Rose, Marmalade, and RGB will be dishing out deals, bubbly, and styling tips.

When: Thursday, September 6, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: On Union and Fillmore streets.

Union Square:

Westfield Shopping Centre

There’s no denying the line between fashion and art is often a blurry one, and at the Westfield Shopping Centre’s exclusive festivities, we can support our love for both. VIP tickets to this FNO event benefits ArtPoint, as well as gives special access to the dome to take part in expert style advice, tasty nibbles, and refreshing cocktails. Plus, at our favorite shops like Kate Spade, Madewell, and BCBG, we can load up our shopping bags with in-store deals and steals.

When: September 6, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Where: Westfield Shopping Centre, 865 Market Street (between 4th and 5th streets); 415-512-6776.

Tickets: $10; Buy here!



Soulful songstress Lana Del Rey already wowed us by looking nothing short of stunning in the latest H&M lookbook, but we might have a chance to see the “Born To Die” starlet in action. At H&M’s FNO bash, attendees can enter to win VIP tickets to a live performance by the songstress.

When: Thursday, September 6, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: H&M, 150 Powell Street (at O'Farrell Street); 415-986-4215.

Saks Fifth Avenue

Planning to splurge this Thursday? We suggest doing your sartorial hunting at Saks, since shoppers who spend $1,000 or more score a free 50-minute treatment at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental with their purchase.

When: Thursday, September 6, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Saks Fifth Avenue, 384 Post Street (at Powell Street); 415-986-4300.


Union Square (Continued):

Uniqlo Talks Fashion and Tech

While the much-anticipated Uniqlo store hasn’t opened its doors quite yet (in fact, it just announced its opening date!) we can still get a little taste for what’s to come. A mini-version of the store, known as the Uniqlo Pop-Up Experience, is playing host to a panel of fashion and technology experts. Be part of a select group of 50 to learn how the two complement each other from the likes of Uniqlo COO Yasunobu Kyoguku, techie lady Brit Morin, and R29's Katie Hintz-Zambrano. Enter to win tickets here.

When: Thursday, September 6, 6 p.m.

Where: Uniqlo Pop-Up Experience, 117 Post Street (at Kearny Street); No phone.


Neiman Marcus 7x7 Magazine Party

It’s no secret we’re big fans of what the fashion department at the Academy of Art University is churning out. And at Neiman Marcus and 7x7 magazine's shindig, we get to see the latest batch of student-made apparel on live models, along with other key trend pieces. And you can skip getting ready at home because various cosmetic lines will be there to beautify your mug for a red-carpet photo. And we’ll be taking notes at the fall hairstyle demos to achieve an envy-inducing mane.

When: Thursday, September 6, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Neiman Marcus, 150 Stockton Street (between Geary and O’Farrell streets); 415-362-3900.


There’s such a big lineup of standout festivities going down at Macy’s this Thursday that we’re struggling to choose which part we love most. From a Bold Italic-curated fashion closet and a denim-stitching workshop to a DIY nail-art bar and hair style tutorials, we’re sure to come out fresh and ready for the fall season.

When: Thursday, September 6, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Macy’s, 170 O’Farrell street (at Powell Street) 415-397-3333.

Golden Gate Park:

California Academy of Science’s Fall Fashion Night Life

Head over heels for Camelia Skikos’ latest fall lookbook? You’re not alone, we’re pretty smitten with the pieces, too. And now we get to see the designs in the flesh! The California Academy of Sciences' Fall Fashion Nightlife will feature a runway where designs by Skikos, Gr. Dano, and more, will be modeled down the catwalk.

When: Thursday, September 6, 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: The California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park; 415-379-8000.

Tickets: $10 to $12; Buy here!


Outside Of S.F.:

Amour Vert Trunk Show

Kick starting the night down South is Crimson Mim’s ongoing speaker series and trunk show, where the duo behind the sustainable line Amour Vert will divulge tips in eco-friendly consumption. And expect to put the newly founded advice to good use by shopping the line’s fall collection.

When: Thursday, September 6, 3 to 7 p.m.

Where: Crimson Mim, 855 El Camino Real (at Galvez Street) Suite 35, Palo Alto; 650-323-2277.

Creative Growth Pop Up Gallery

Or, you can head North. Because if there’s ever a reason to skip across the Golden Gate Bridge, it’s to partake in this Creative Growth pop-up gallery. Headed up by Berkeley-based designer Erica Tanov and the Marin Country Mart, the event will showcase artwork, apparel, and furnishings whipped up by various artists.

When: Thursday, September 6, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Erica Tanov at the Marin Country Mart, 2403 Larkspur Landing Circle (near Sir Francis Drake Boulevard); Larkspur; No phone.

Photo: Courtesy of Camelia Skikos

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