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  1. Last fall, Swiss luxury leather goods company Bally released its Brilliance ballet flats, whose adorable fringed kiltie flap harks back to old-school golf shoes. If you missed the menswear-inspired kicks the first time around, you can pick up the leather-and-suede stunners in a navy blue, gray and white color combination created exclusively for FNO. Bally Brilliance ballet flats, $425, at Bally, 628 Madison Ave at 59th St (212-751-9082,

  2. Vampy makeup was all over the Fall 2012 runways (see Gucci and Jenny Packham), and you can get in on the goth trend with this inky black lip gloss and nail polish duo, which Butter London packaged together especially for FNO. Just one coat of each opaque, high-shine product is all you need to feel like a brooding badass, although we admit that the lip color is best left to only the fiercest fashionistas. The limited-edition combo is on sale through November 30, giving you plenty of time to plan your Halloween costume around it. Butter London Lips & Tips duo in Union Jack Black, $19, at Henri Bendel, 712 Fifth Ave at 56th St (212-247-1100,

  3. Although it’s best known for its woven leather goods, Bottega Veneta has created a vegan alternative for its signature Intrecciato bag, handmade from a lightweight, reinforced jersey that’s dyed in Italy using environmentally sensitive methods. While the silk-lined purse—part of the brand’s Resort 2012 collection—won’t hit shelves until November, the Italian fashion house is prereleasing 100 of the eco-friendly carryalls on Fashion’s Night Out, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bottega Veneta Nero Intrecciato jersey bag, $1,950, at Bottega Veneta, 699 Fifth Ave between 54th and 55th Sts (212-371-5511,

  4. Created exclusively for FNO with the fabulous jet set in mind, this limited-edition camel-hair kit contains everything you need to stay comfortable on a plane: an eye mask to block out light while you nap, foldable slippers for pampering bloated feet and an oversize scarf for snuggling when the cabin gets chilly. Max Mara Atelier camel-hair travel kit, $995, at Max Mara, 813 Madison Ave between 68th and 69th Sts (212-879-6100,

  5. As part of its Resort 2013 collection, Alexander McQueen has created these chic scarf wrap bracelets, adorned with the brand’s signature skulls (in both the degrade print and a dangling charm). Although the accessory won’t officially hit stores until next November, the British label will sell the fabric cuff in three FNO-exclusive colors until they sell out. Alexander McQueen scarf wrap bracelets, $295 each, at Alexander McQueen, 417 W 14th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (212-645-1797,

  6. Designer Michael Kors is a huge fan of aviators—he can usually be found wearing the sunglasses, and incorporates them into nearly all of his runway shows and ad campaigns. So it’s no surprise that Kors is paying homage to the iconic style by creating a trio of limited-edition products, which are being sold only on Fashion’s Night Out. The mirrored gold shades, illustrated tee and matching cosmetic case are all adorned with Kors’s signature, and available until supplies run out. Michael Kors gold aviator sunglasses, $50; Michael Michael Kors Jet Set monogram large cosmetic case, $68; and T-shirt, $45; all at Michael Kors, locations throughout the city; visit

  7. Photograph: Elizabeth Suda
    Photograph: Elizabeth Suda

    Between the lavish parties and underlying message to spend, there’s no denying that Fashion’s Night Out is an indulgent event. You can offset any feelings of guilt by purchasing this limited-edition aluminum necklace, crafted from Vietnam War–era bomb scrap metal. The FNO exclusive is engraved with dropped and made in laos, worn in nyc on one side and what goes around comes around on the other. Best of all, for each necklace sold, socially conscious accessories company Article 22 donates 10 percent of the proceeds for the removal of unexploded bombs in Laos. Article 22 What Goes Around Comes Around Peacebomb necklace, $50, at

  8. Founder François Nars takes inspiration from New York City in creating his 413 BLKR line of cosmetics that are exclusive to NARS’s NYC store. The collection’s latest additions include this party-ready fuchsia lip crayon, which smooths on a subtle swath of girly color, and a smoky eye-shadow duo that allows you to layer a shimmering amethyst over a neutral plum to sultry effect. Both items will be available in-store only on Fashion’s Night Out; otherwise you’ll have to head online to snag them. NARS 413 BLKR eye-shadow duo, $34; and 413 BLKR Velvet Matte lip pencil, $24; both at NARS, 413 Bleecker St between Bank and W 11th Sts (646-459-2323,

  9. Local designer Alexandra Taylor has partnered with awareness campaign Fashion 4 Development (, which seeks to leverage the power of the fashion and beauty industries to promote sustainable economic growth in global communities, to create this cotton-silk blend scarf. We love that it manages to incorporate both the FNO logo and NYC skyline in subtle ways, and that you won’t see it around the neck of every attendee—only 100 were made. Alexandra Taylor for Fashion 4 Development limited-edition Fashion’s Night Out scarf, $55, at Assouline at the Plaza Hotel, 768 Fifth Ave at 58th St, mezzanine (212-593-7236,

  10. For its latest collaboration, Swarovski Elements has tapped conceptual artist Yoko Ono to create a crystal cut in the shape of a key, symbolizing one’s ability to unlock the doors to a better life. The limited-edition design is engraved with Ono’s signature, strung up on either a silver chain or a more casual black cord, and launches on Fashion’s Night Out, allowing you to pepper your partying with some food for thought. Swarovski Key-cut crystal pendant necklaces, $90–$350 each, at Swarovski Crystallized, 499 Broadway between Broome and Spring Sts (212-966-3322,

  11. In October, celebrity makeup artist Bobbi Brown will introduce a new line of moisturizing, creamy matte lip colors, but impatient beauty junkies can get their hands on the collection’s subtle, universally flattering red a month before it hits department store counters. Just 500 pieces will be prereleased on Fashion’s Night Out. in NYC only, but the product’s elusiveness isn’t the sole reason you’ll want to make a mad dash: The special FNO packaging is emblazoned with the cheeky mantra keep calm wear lipstick. Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in Red Carpet, $24, at Bobbi Brown at Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Ave at 59th St (212-705-2000)

  12. Photograph: Bryan Jude
    Photograph: Bryan Jude

    On Fashion’s Night Out, NYC-centric perfumer Bond No. 9 releases its latest fragrance, inspired not by a Manhattan neighborhood, as per usual, but by the entire borough itself. The sultry, unisex scent is a melting pot of spicy (nutmeg, saffron, coriander), floral (Moroccan jasmine, cistus blooms) and fruity (peach, black plum), making it just as complex and difficult to categorize as the city itself. Bond No. 9 Manhattan eau de parfum; 100ml $270, 50ml $190; at Bond No. 9, locations throughout the city; visit

  13. For the past two years, Chanel has caused a frenzy on Fashion’s Night Out by releasing limited-edition nail polishes created exclusively for the event and inspired by a fashion staple (denim, khaki). The brand’s makeup creative director, Peter Philips, continues the trend with this trio of matching nail-polish-and-lipstick duos, whose counterparts are meant to be worn together, like a twinset. Each item is sold separately, but the timeless hues—including La Provocante and Provocation, a vampy plum; deep rosy pink L’ Infidéle and Infidéle; and La Délicate and Délicatesse, a rich nude—are worthy of collecting. Chanel Twin-sets de Chanel Les Vernis nail polishes in Provocation, Infidéle and Délicatesse, $26 each; and Rouge Allure Velvet lipsticks in La Provocante, L’ Infidéle and La Délicate, $33 each; all at Chanel, 139 Spring St between Greene and Wooster Sts (212-334-0055,

  14. The Courtin-Clarins girls—sisters Claire and Virginie, and their cousins Prisca and Jenna—may be heirs to a beauty company (their grandfather Jacques founded Clarins), but they are nothing short of fashion royalty, regularly serving as front-row fixtures and street style subjects. So it’s only fitting that their kit of five must-have Clarins products—including an SPF 40 cream, a gentle exfoliating cleanser, an eye cream, a facial primer and a wrinkle-erasing serum in travel-friendly packaging—created exclusively for Sephora, is launching on Fashion’s Night Out. Clarins The It Kit, $50, at Sephora, 45 E 17th St between Broadway and Park Ave South (212-995-8833)

  15. According to the Chinese zodiac calendar, 2012 is the year of the dragon—a fact not lost on French footwear designer Christian Louboutin, who created a trio of FNO-exclusive items inspired by the mythical creature. An elaborate rendition of a fire-breather is hand-embroidered onto velvet men’s loafers, sky-high peep-toe pumps and an iPad wristlet clutch that boasts the brand’s signature red hue in its silk lining. Christian Louboutin Henri flat, $1,995; Highness heels, $1,595; and Cris Case iPad case, $1,795; all at Christian Louboutin, 965 Madison Ave between 75th and 76th Sts (212-396-1884) • 808 Washington St between Gansevoort and Horatio Sts (no phone) • 59 Horatio St between Greenwich and Hudson Sts (212-255-1910) •

  16. We’re smitten with Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz’s whimsical illustrations, which have adorned the French label’s notebooks, stationery and luggage tags. To mark the fourth annual Fashion’s Night Out, the designer doodled his and hers sketches for limited-edition tech accessories that make staying plugged in look like an art form. Lanvin iPad cases, $145 each; and iPhone cases, $85 each; all at Lanvin, 815 Madison Ave between 68th and 69th Sts (646-439-0381,

  17. French footwear designer Roger Vivier may be best known for popularizing stilettos, but the luxury accessories brand’s Gommette flats have proved to be just as much of a sensation, gracing the feet of Hollywood starlets such as Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel and Freida Pinto. Only 80 were produced in metallic-lavender leather just for FNO, helping you party-hop sans blisters. Roger Vivier limited-edition Gommette ballerina flats, $475, at Roger Vivier, 750 Madison Ave at 65th St (212-861-5371,

  18. Photograph: George Chinsee
    Photograph: George Chinsee

    Adorable animals and high fashion collide in this limited-edition tote, cocreated by Vogue creative director Grace Coddington and Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquière. The calfskin-trimmed bag bears drawings of Coddington’s cat, Pumpkin, modeling Balenciaga runway looks from the past decade. As if that weren’t enough to make our hearts melt, 20 percent of the proceeds benefit the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons ( Balenciaga Pumpkin Papier tote bag, $1,000, at Balenciaga, 542 W 22nd St between Tenth and Eleventh Aves (212-206-0872)

  19. Customization has always been a hallmark for Parisian cosmetics label Make Up For Ever, and it’s taking that concept up a notch just for Fashion’s Night Out. The beauty brand has teamed up with notions megastore M&J Trimming to create four limited-edition eye-shadow cases adorned with pyramid studs, oversize bows, neon rhinestones and metallic gems. Pick your favorite palette, then fill it with four shades from the more than 125 colors to choose from. Make Up For Ever FNO palettes, $59 each, at Make Up For Ever at Sephora, 555 Broadway between Prince and Spring Sts (212-431-4510,

  20. Considering Fashion’s Night Out will be filled with ladies teetering in uncomfortable sky-high stilettos, we couldn’t think of a more ironic (yet genius!) night for Brazilian footwear brand Melissa to launch its latest collaborative shoes—a pair of flats adorned with colorful bandages, drawn by English illustrator Julie Verhoeven. Melissa Ultra Girl + Julie Verhoeven flats, $85, at Melissa Shoes, 102 Greene St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-775-1950,

The best products to buy on Fashion’s Night Out 2012

Nab these FNO 2012 pre-releases, limited-edition products and exclusive editions.


Although it has become a great excuse to attend parties and fashion events, Fashion’s Night Out at its core is about shopping. We narrowed down the best limited-edition products, pre-releases and exclusive editions being offered on FNO 2012. Look for items from top brands such as Michael Kors, Alexander McQueen, Christian Louboutin and more.

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