As Fashion Week ramps up in New York City, its unofficial kickoff party, Fashions Night Out, will bring shoppers out to boutiques and department stores for special events, sales and more this evening. Triangle residents can get in on the fun, too, with an assortment of Fashions Night Out events in our area. Heres a sampling:
• At Belk in Crabtree Valley Mall, the party runs from 6 to 9 p.m. with a denim fashion show at 7 p.m., free polish changes at the Estee Lauder counter, a free train case for the first 100 customers and cupcakes from New Yorks iconic Magnolia Bakery. Shoppers can also register to win a trip to Charleston Fashion Week 2013. For information, call 919-782-7010.
• Saks Fifth Avenue in Triangle Town Center celebrates Fashions Night Out with a fall colors cosmetics party, complete with a lip bar, nail bar and shadow bar where customers can play with new colors and find shades to complement their hair, skin and eyes. For details, call 919-792-9100, ext. 5260.
• Monkees of Raleigh will have all the new fall designs from Lauren Hope jewelry in store for a trunk show from 6 to 8 p.m. During the show, shoppers can enjoy cocktails and appetizers from local restaurants. Monkees is at 4158 Main at North Hills Street Suite 100, Raleigh, monkeesofraleigh.com.
• Coldwater Creek locations in Cary Town Center and Triangle Town Center will offer shoppers free refreshments, door prizes and an hourly drawing to win clothing and accessories from the store from 6 to 11 p.m. For more info, visit coldwatercreek.com.
A worthy project
The Akola Project is an economic development project of the Ugandan American Partnership Organization to help uplift women in poverty-stricken Ugandan communities by allowing them to design and produce handmade jewelry and other items. Kristens Place in Cary will host a trunk show of Akola Project designs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Kristens Place is at 2035 Renaissance Park Place, Cary, 919-677-9955, kristensplacecary.com.
Slip into these
Lisette Limoges brings her namesake pants which are made sans buttons or zippers to CT Weekends in Cameron Village for a trunk show that runs through Saturday. The show will feature new styles in spring colors, and each day of the event, shoppers can register to win a free pair of Lisette L pants. Customers who preorder during the show will receive 10 percent off purchases of Lisette L pants. For information, call 919-787-9073 or visit ctweekendsforwomen.com.
Something for the guys
Designer Andy Stinson brings his handcrafted menswear line, Stinson R. Ely Bespoke to Liles Clothing Studio in Raleighs North Hills for a designer event and trunk show Friday and Saturday. Stinsons line, which is named after himself and his late girlfriend and business partner, Robbi Ely, features handmade pants, alligator belts, cufflinks and more. Ely will be on hand both days to meet customers. For information, call 919-510-5556 or visit www.lilesclothingstudio.com.
Style with a side of music
In conjunction with the annual Hopscotch music festival, the Shopscotch party Saturday features arts, crafts, clothing and accessories from a variety of local designers and artisans, such as House of Swank, Coley Artisan Jewelry and Snowbird Vintage, among others. Held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Rebus Works in Raleigh, Shopscotch will also feature live music, food truck grub and more. Visit hopscotchmusicfest.com for more info.
Bless the beasts
Cute Buttons Gift and Paper Boutique will celebrate its fourth anniversary with a party Saturday. During the event, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., a portion of the shops sales will benefit the Wake County SPCA, and author Sue McLaurin will be on hand to sign her childrens books written about the stores cat, Tiki. Cute Buttons is at 115-A W. Chatham St., Cary, 919-462-9618, shopcutebuttons.com.
The Paul Mitchell School in Raleigh will honor military and rescue personnel with free haircuts Tuesday through Sept. 15. Rescue workers, firefighters, police, military and veterans can get a free haircut with valid ID. Paul Mitchell School is at 8551 Glenwood Ave., Ste. 100, Raleigh, 919-789-4500.
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