Fashion’s Night Out will celebrate its 4th year, this September 6th, in cities around the globe. We hope you’ve heard of FNO and look forward to getting out and shopping your city each year, but if not, no worries, here’s a little background on Fashion’s Night Out:Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) is an unprecedented global initiative originally created in 2009 to celebrate fashion, restore consumer confidence and boost the industry’s economy during the recession. On Thursday, September 6, 2012, in response to overwhelming demand, Fashion’s Night Out will return to New York City and cities across the country to highlight fashion and support retail with exciting events that include designer appearances, celebrity guests, fashion shows and musical performances. Purchase items from the 2012 FNO collection and a portion of the proceeds will go to the New York City AIDS Fund in the NY Community Trust. In the United States, the program is a collaboration among American Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, NYC & Company and the City of New York. For more information, visit http://www.fashionsnightout.com or FNO on Twitter at @fnonyc (#FNO).
Here in Southeast Michigan we have a number of cities and towns participating in Fashion’s Night Out. There are some really great events planned, so check them out below and let us know where you’ll be celebrating FNO!
- PRINCIPAL SHOPPING DISTRICT - Birmingham, MI
Join the world-wide celebration of Fashion’s Night Out in Birmingham, MI with a night of fabulous fashion and shopping, store-wide events, live models and more in downtown Birmingham! Dozens of boutiques, salons and stores will be participating!
Where: Throughout downtown Birmingham
When: Thursday, September 6, 6-9 p.m.
More Info: Birmingham PSD at 248-530-1200
- COMPLEX - Birmingham, MISwing by COMPLEX in Birmingham for cocktails, cupcakes, music and fun. Check out their new arrivals from Nialaya Skulls, JUMA SCARVES, Paris House, and their amazing new custom scent, SPRAY - Perfect for the store, salon, showroom, studio, etc. Amazing!!
Where: COMPLEX - 168 W Maple Rd., Birmingham, MI.
When: Thursday, September 6, 6-9 p.m.
More Info: Complex on Facebook
- VILLAGE OF ROCHESTER HILLS - Rochester, MI
Join editors, individual store stylists, models, fashionistas (and fashionista-wanna-bes), photographers, bloggers, and maybe even a local designers for Fashion’s Night Out at the Village of Rochester Hills on September 6, 2012 from 5-9p.m. As you stroll Village Main, our stores will be offering special opportunities to learn about fashion, have one on one interactions with highly trained stylists and even have a give away or two, Plus, photographers will be taking photos of our local fashionistas having a good time, celebrating fashion and the diversity it brings.
Where: Village Main at the Village of Rochester Hills
When: Thursday, September 6, 5-9 p.m.
More Info: Visit VoRH Calendar of Events
- SOMERSET COLLECTION - Troy, MIHead to Somerset Collection for a Mall-wide Celebration of Fall Fashion! Many stores will have special in-store events including sips and bites, prizes, gifts with purchase and more (see individual stores for details). Enter to win a $100 Gift Card in each store and view fashions from participating stores on their runway.Where: Somerset Collection - Troy, MI When: Thursday, September 6, 6-9 p.m. More Info: Visit Somerset Collection’s FNO page to see which stores have events planned.
- NEIMAN MARCUS @ SOMERSET COLLECTION
The Art of Fashion debuts at Fashion’s Night Out. This is fashion’s biggest night of the year! Enjoy trend presentations, beauty tips and tricks from the pros, sips and light bites, music, special guests, and all the fabulous fashion you can handle. As a guest at the event, receive $50 off your regular-priced purchase of $350 or more on select merchandise in stores only. Enjoy a fabulous Fall Fashion presentation with local celebrity guest models. The presentation will begin at 7pm in the Ladies Shoe Salon.
TIP: Neiman Marcus is the only place, locally, that is carrying the great tees and tote bags from this year’s FNO Collection. Buy them there.
Where: Neiman Marcus, Somerset Collection - Troy, MI
When: Thursday, September 6, 6-9 p.m.
More Info: Visit NeimanMarcus.com/fashionsnightout
- SAKS 5th AVENUE @ SOMERSET COLLECTION
Celebrate Fashion’s Night Out at Saks 5th Avenue at Somerset Collection in Troy. Saks will host “KICK UP YOUR HEELS”, an event benefiting Haven. Saks is partnering with Haven, a women’s domestic violence and abuse prevention shelter that provides support programs and service. Haven is kicking off its 2012/2013 capital campaign with the slogan “Dig in your heels against domestic violence” and Sakes will join in to “Kick Up Your Heels” in support of Haven. Enjoy a “Girls’ Night Out Shoe Party” with wine, hors d’oeurvres, dj, psychics, make-overs and mini-manicures, shoe runway and and Shoe Personality Quiz, a $25 Saks Fifth Avenue gift card, and a chance to win a pair of designer shoes. To purchase patron tickets, $100 each, or benefactor tickets, $150 each, and for more information, call 248.334.1284, ext. 346, or visit www.haven-oakland.org.
Where: Saks 5th Avenue, Somerset Collection - Troy
When: Thursday, September 6, 6-10pm
More Info: Please call 248.614.3317
- BRIARWOOD MALL - Ann Arbor, MI
FNO at Briarwood Mall will proudly host “Fashion’s Night Out,” a celebration of style and beauty created by Vogue Magazine, on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 6- 8 pm in Center Court. Sponsored locally by Styleline Magazine and Women Making Connections, Fashion’s Night Out will honor the latest in design while contributing to a good cause.
Where: Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor
When: Thursday, September 6, 6-8pm
More Info: Visit the Briarwood Facebook event page
Will you shop local on Fashion’s Night Out? Tell us where to find you!
It’s been a while since i’ve done a proper review, so this posting will focus on metro Detroit’s newest hotspot: Vinsetta Garage!
As you may know, the owners of Union Woodshop transformed this former automotive repair shop into a restaurant, and it has quickly become one of the most sought after dining spots around Detroit. NO they don’t take reservations, and forget about stopping by in the evening. A typical wait time for dinner is 2 hours, no thanks!
My suggestion: Go here for lunch! It’s less congested, you won’t wait more than 15 minutes, AND there’s plenty of seating to choose from!
Was the food worth the trip??? Yessir! For starters, i ordered their White Bean Chili Verde Soup which had a perfect balance between spicy, savory, and hearty flavors. Next, we ordered their Pizza Margherita - coal fired pizza topped with San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. One bite, and you could taste the quality of the ingredients. Although the pizza was good, the dough was bland & uneventful. I probably wouldn’t order pizza on my next visit, instead i’d go for a burger or wings.
Lastly, leave room for sweets - you’ll thank me later! Vinsetta Garage’s pastry chef is a culinary genius - making everything from scratch & creating masterpieces of deliciousness with each carefully crafted dessert. The Rock & Rye Ice Cream (topped with Pop-Rocks) was inventive and their Keylime Pie was superb!!! : )
The main draw, besides the food of course, is the restaurant’s amazing decor! Nice open feel, plenty of natural lighting, and lovely little touches of Vinsetta’s automotive past are mixed in with a modern/industrial flare without it looking kitschy.
So, does Vinsetta Garage live up to its hype? Definitely!!!
Food, Service, Atmosphere were all fantastic! But, as i mentioned previously, go here for lunch (not dinner) and enjoy! : )
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Location: 27799 Woodward Avenue Berkley, MI 48072 | Phone: (248) 548-7711
Check out Vinsetta Garage in B.L.A.C.!