A Guide to Fashion's Night Out part 1: Bellevue

Two years ago, American Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, NYC & Company and the City of New York came together to createFashion's Night Out to celebrate fashion, restore consumer confidence, boost the industry's economy, and put the fun back in shopping. FNO quickly grew to a global initiative, and now in its third year, the Seattle area is in on the action.

In this first post of the definitive guide to the 2011 Fashion's Night Out gatherings in our region, we're covering the Eastside, where they're bringing you festivities at The Bravern and Bellevue Collection.

Bellevue Collection's got 75 retailers and counting participating in this year's FNO, with everything from parties at Zebra Club and Ann Taylor, complimentary services at Sephora and the Aveda Experience Center, pastry & coffee samples at Starbucks and sweet discounts at Aldo and Report Footwear. Check the full list of discounts here.

There are giveaways and gifts with purchase at the Bellevue Collection FNO, and at Center Court in Bellevue Square, you can dance the night away to the DJ spinning tunes, capture memories with FNO photo booths and enjoy live runway shows featuring the latest fall trends at participating FNO retailers.

Bellevue Collection's crown jewel for Fashion's Night Out is the exclusive exhibit of the Nordic Fashion Biennale: Curator's Cut, premiering in Bellevue Square at FNO and closing October 2nd. The exhibit is an exciting preview of the Nordic Fashion Biennale 2011, coming to the Nordic Heritage Museum from September 30th to November 13th. At the exhibit, you'll enjoy street fashion photography from the Scandinavian capitals, complimentary gifts and fun surprises. View an installation of the creative work of the NFB’s guest curator, New York-based Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardottir, known for her collaboration with Bjork and commissioned work at MOMA in New York, along with others featured in the Nordic Fashion Biennale 2011.

RSVP on Facebook to Fashion's Night Out at the Bellevue Collection to receive the exclusive swag bag.

The Bravern was the only FNO destination in the region last year, and this year it's pulling out all the stops for a chic and luxurious look at the fall trends at Neiman Marcus and Anthropologie. You'll enjoy champagne, delicious bites, giveaways and special promotions at David Lawrence, Hermès, Jimmy Choo, Karen Millen, Piazza Sempione and more. Red Door Spa is offering complimentary services, and special deals can be found at John Howie Steak, Vovito Caffe & Gelato and Wild Ginger. Trophy Cupcakes will be featuring Couture Cupcakes in a runway show, and you can enter to win a year's worth of cupcakes along with the fashions they're featured with.

Neiman Marcus is producing a Fall Trends runway show, featuring Lily Jang of Q13, Jennifer Shea of Trophy Cupcakes, Molly Mesnick from The Bachelor and Lorna Kneeland, executive director at PONCHO styled by Kim Crumpler, Stacy Zimmerman, Darcy Camden and Jeannie Oliver (respectively.) Take a look at the featured trends here . Anthropologie is also hosting a fall preview show. Creme Tangerine will be performing a live Beatles experience, and David Barton Gym will host the official Bravern FNO afterparty.

Are you planning to attend The Bravern's Fashion's Night Out? Make sure you

RSVP on Facebook - and let The Bravern know what you'll be wearing!

So much to do in so little time!

Stay tuned for a FreshJess rundown of Fashion's Night Out at the University Village (Wednesday) and Downtown Seattle (Thursday.)

Fashion's Night Out

Thursday, September 8th

~ 6:00 - 11:00p.m.

FREE!

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