We've only been waiting since 2009, but it's finally happened: Canada is getting its very own Fashion's Night Out! If you're not familiar, it's a HUGE one-day event that's been taking place in NYC for a few years now, with the aim of celebrating fashion (and beauty!) as well as restoring consumer confidence and boosting the economy. (Oh HAI. I have lots of ideas for that.)
Anyway, Canadians can get in on the action in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. How it works is that participating retailers are hosting open-invitation events on international FNO day, Thursday, September 6th—that's tomorrow!—between 6-11pm.
You can get full intel on all the festivities at the FNO website, but since we're mainly interested in the beauty-themed events here, read on for my top picks in Vancouver and Toronto. (Sadly, nothing beauty-related going on in Montreal this year... hopefully in 2013!)
Complimentary makeup advice and photos: Get expert advice from a MAC makeup artist, who'll also prep you for an in-store passport pic snapped by a professional photographer. Enjoy cocktails and canapes too!—MAC Cosmetics, 908 Robson Street.
Pop-up beauty lounge: Get primped and pretty at this in-store pop-up featuring Wink Beauty Lounge and eyebrow threading from Bombay Brow Bar.—Ishara, 38 Water Street.
Complimentary bang trims and scalp consultations: Enjoy cocktails, appetizers and free bang trims and Aveda scalp consultations.—Aveda, 111 Water Street and 1228 Robson Street.
Juicy Couture fragrance samplings:Juicy Couture is celebrating Fashion's Night Out with its new fragrance, Viva la Juicy la Fleur. Enjoy complimentary samplings.—Juicy Couture, 701 West Georgia Street.
Complimentary styling and makeup applications from Maybelline New York and Redken: Visit MasterCard's Stylicity Lounge to enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, complimentary styling and makeup applications from Maybelline New York and Redken, mingle with fashion stylists and enter for a chance to win a MasterCard gift card.—Shops at Hazelton Lanes, 87 Avenue Road, Oval Square, Lower Level.
Exclusive beauty seminar: Enjoy an exclusive beauty seminar hosted by CityLine's Tracy Moore starting at 6 pm in Centre Court. Hair and makeup artist Diana Carreiro presents fall's latest beauty trends from 6-7pm. (CityLine's style expert Lynn Spence shares the top 20 fall and winter trends from 7-8pm, and from 8-9pm, meet the celebrity panel and get answers to your personal style questions.) Plus, shop at participating retailers include 7 For All Mankind, Banana Republic, Bench, Gap, Gap Kids, Guess, Guess by Marciano, H&M, Holt Renfrew, J. Crew, Johnston & Murphy, Juicy Couture, Old Navy, Roots, Salon Donato + Spa, Sephora, Tiffany & Co., Tommy Hilfiger, Tory Burch, True Religion Jeans and Yorkdale's Food Collection.—Yorkdale Shopping Centre.
Complimentary bang trims, treatments and scalp consultations: At Civello on Queen and Aveda on Cumberland, enjoy an evening of Aveda rituals, complimentary bang trims, music, refreshments and a little shopping. Connect over social media to win cool prizes, and experience the new Invati line with a complimentary scalp consultation and revitalizing treatment. Plus, get glammed up for your night on the town with the new fall makeup collection and try out one of the looks from the runway.—Civello Queen, 269 Queen Street West; and Aveda, 155 Cumberland Street.
Complimentary Aveda rituals: At Aveda Eaton Centre or Yorkdale, enjoy tea and cupcakes and complimentary Aveda rituals as you check out the new fall makeup collection and latest runway looks. Relax with the new stress fix line or keep the tempo up with the hottest hair and makeup trends for this season. Tweet, Instagram, or Facebook your experience to win cool prizes and to receive samples of the new Ivanti line.—Aveda at the Toronto Eaton Centre and Yorkdale Shopping Centre.
Complimentary makeup applications: Get treated to a natural pop of colour from ILIA Beauty, along with champagne and sweets while a DJ spins of-the-moment music. Plus, get familiar with the season's must-know designers, exclusive product and covetable pieces.—Intermix, 130 Bloor Street West.
Complimentary eyebrow waxing: Enjoy complimentary champagne while shopping and receive a complimentary eyebrow wax (which may be redeemed that night or at a later date) with the purchase of any retail product. Fuzz will also be partnering with jewelry company Stella and Dot to host a trunk show and raffle.—Fuzz Wax Bar, 701 Queen Street West.
Juicy Couture fragrance samplings: Juicy Couture is celebrating Fashion's Night Out with its new fragrance, Viva la Juicy la Fleur. The event will include fragrance samplings and in-store offers.—Juicy Couture at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Sherway Gardens and the Toronto Eaton Centre.
Will you be attending FNO?
Which events are you most excited about?
Which brands/stores would you like to see participating next year?