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Fashion Week free events spread the glamour

Fashion Week free events spread the glamour

Fashion Week Fall 2009 draws swimmer Amanda Beard, gymnast Nastia Liukin, actress Adrianne Palicki, actress Amanda Bynes and actress Katrina Bowden to the BCBGMaxAzria Falll 2009 fashion show during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at The Tent in Bryant Park. (Getty Images, February 13, 2009) (Credit: Getty Images)Mercedes Benz Fashion Week that very exclusive, invitation only (sorry, you’re soooo not invited) fashion takeover of New York City kicks off Thursday morning. But, don’t feel left out, because Thursday evening it’s “Fashion’s Night Out,” an open to the public fashion invasion of epic proportions. More than 700 retailers in the metro area are participating, along with events in other fashion capitals around the world.

“It’s kind of a once in a lifetime type of thing,” says Council of Fashion Designers of America executive director Steven Kolb. The organization, along with Vogue and NYC Company, New York’s tourism/marketing agency, created the event to rev up sales and consumer confidence. “This is an opportunity for people who don’t get to go to fashion week to engage in it in real time,” Kolb says, adding, “It’s going to be a blast.”

Indeed. Champagne and cocktails will flow, DJs will spin, and whole shopping neighborhoods will throw block parties.

A charitable element adds balance, with 40 percent of the proceeds from the sale of official FNO T shirts going to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center. And a citywide clothing drive benefits the NYC AIDS Fund.

It’s “a fun way for everyone to come together and show their dedication to the community,” Tommy Hilfiger says. “It also happens to be a great excuse to go shopping.” Amen.

But, so many fashion happenings way too many to print. We’ve listed some highlights.

Maybe we’ll see you there.

5:30 PM: ZAC POSEN will use dresses as a canvas and paint one of a kind looks on model Anna Cleveland in the Fifth Avenue windows of Bergdorf Goodman.

6 7 PM: ELI TAHARI will pose for Polaroids with his clients at Saks Fifth Avenue.

6 7 PM: CAROLINA HERRERA with make an appearance with magician Mark Mitton (two shows 6:15 and 6:45) at her newly redesigned boutique on the third floor of Saks.

8:30 10 PM: “Project Runway” winner CHRISTIAN SIRIANO will be at Payless (Lexington and 58th Street) and will be “fiercely” happy to autograph purchases of his first shoe and handbag collection.

7 PM: MICHAEL KORS will make a grand entrance, complete with klieg lights and Debra Messing on his arm at the Broadway entrance of Macy’s Herald Square to launch his new fragrance, “Very Hollywood Michael.” Afterward, he’ll head into the fragrance arcade.