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Fête Set: Fashion’s Night Out at Galleria

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on September 11, 2011

The main event of Fashion’s Night Out didn’t disappoint.  The longest runway in North America, produced by Jan Strimple, was the place to be at Thursday night’s FNO extravaganza.  Well, actually, you could be at lots of places in the Galleria and still experience the runway show.  Some of the models looked a little out of breath after sashaying this quarter mile runway in the latest fall clothing, shoes, and accessories.  It was exciting to be a part of this fabulous celebration of fashion and charity benefits, as well – according to Rachel Zoe, 40% of proceeds from the official FNO collection go to the New York City AIDS fund.

Angela Hudson, Nordstrom Women's Shoe Manager (left); Alex Small; Kathy O'Connor, Nordstrom Petite's Manager; Kristin Congas, BP Manager

Alex Small and Karl Marshall

Official FNO Merchandise

Nordstrom FNO Display

Fall Runway Look


Collegiate Plaid

Nordstrom was my favorite FNO destination.  Personal stylists and makeup experts gave Dallas stylistas glam makeovers.  Customers were greeted by Nordstrom department managers who announced $500 gift card winners every 30 minutes.  Fierce fashionistas were striking their best supermodel poses all night long at the Nordstrom red carpet photo area.  Live models posed in the Nordstrom window displays.

Nordstrom live model window display

My favorite look of the night

Chic and fashion forward look

Twins on the runway

Other participating Galleria stores included Saks Fifth Avenue, Juicy Couture, Michael Kors, and Brahmin, featuring giveaways, discounts, and after-hours shopping.  Local Dallas celebrities were scattered throughout the city.  I ran into Karl Marshall, Dallas fashion show producer, during the runway show.  The Galleria Dallas did a phenomenal job hosting Fashion’s Night Out.  One more reason to look forward to FNO 2012!

Alex Small


Fête Set: Fashion’s Night Out Dallas 2011

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on September 6, 2011

Are you ready to join Dallas in Fashion’s greatest holiday? Then slide on your stilettos this Thursday for the third annual Fashion’s Night Out! Confused on where to go and who to see? We’ve compiled a list of events and have the inside scoop on where some SMU Stylistas will be celebrating!

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Highland Park Village

  • Christian Louboutin will show off their exclusive FNO shoe and have their very own eyelash bar. Falsies anyone?
  • Diane von Furstenberg will let you capture all your fashionable moments with their photo booth.
  • Join our favorite fashion photogs from D StyleSheet  at Jimmy Choo. They will be celebrating the launch of their partnership with D Magazine.
  • Come sample Chanel’s special FNO trio of polishes inspired by denim.
  • View fashion shows outside the Marquee Bar & Grill from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

NorthPark Center

  • Courtney Kerr from Most Eligible Dallas will host Intermix’s FNO bash. Styling tips and sips provided!
  • Small stations throughout NorthPark will host product demos and mini-makeovers.
  • Juicy Couture and BCBG will have testing of their new fragrances.
  • Anthropologie will party with hos d’oeuvres and modeling.
  • All participating stores stay open till 10 p.m.

Neiman Marcus NorthPark

  • Watch outfits styled by fashion bloggers Bradley Agather & Allison Gross of, Amber Venz (SMU alum!) of, and Krystal Schlegel (current SMU student!) of walk the runway on Level 3 at 7 p.m.
  • Design your own Hanky Panky thong to celebrate the company’s 25th  year anniversary.
  • At CUSP, accessorize your hair with feathers and snap pics at their photo booth.
  • TART Bakery will provide complimentary beverages and sweet treats!

Dallas Area Stores

  • The Shak at Stanley Korshak will host designers Sachin and Babi from Sachin+Babi from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Expect a fashion show with cocktails and dancing beats.
  • Tooties will have it’s own party going on with special guests Tara Harper and Drew Ginsburg from Most Eligible Dallas.
  • Vintage phenomenoun Decades will bring its luxurious archive to Forty Five Ten for a three-day pop-up shop.
  • West Village stores will keep their doors open till 11 p.m.. Drop by to get some free PinkBerry!

Galleria Mall

  • Come join the Galleria in hosting the longest runway in North America. Tons of may-jor outfits will walk this may-jor runway!
  • The Fashionistas will have a fashion-forward lounge on Level 1 next to Sephora. Complimentary mini bottles of champagne in FNO colors, need I say more?
  • Saks Fifth Avenue is set to reveal the B Brian Atwood  shoe collection.

Haven’t had enough fashion for one night? Join Gilt City Dallas & FD LUXE at their exclusive After Party! *You Must be 21 to attend* An exclusive after-hours event from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. includes a fashion show styled by designer Abi Ferrin, feather hair extensions, speciality cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Buy tickets for $30 at


Grace Davis


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