NeimanMarcusFNOFriday night is almost here! What's that, you say? You haven't heard about Fashion's Night Out? Where have you been, my stylish friends?

From NYC to Brazil to Charlotte, the fashion industry is buzzing about this year’s globe-spanning extravaganza — Fashion’s Night Out! It's one of the biggest fashion events in history and is bound to be awe-inspiring.

Right here in the Queen City, Neiman Marcus is throwing their biggest FNO event yet. Come enjoy the trunk shows featuring men’s and women’s fashion trends for fall 2010, learn about the must have beauty tools of the season, see the latest in luxury driving from Mercedes-Benz of South Charlotte and view The Art Institute of Charlotte’s student exhibition.

Best yet (my opinion, of course), is the "When and Wear" style showdown. Three local stylists, myself included, will present their vision of Neiman's top trends for fall. You definitely want to attend this fashion show full of fabulous looks!

When Neiman Marcus asked me to style looks for the fashion show, I was beside myself with excitement! Neiman Marcus as my fashion playground ... get out of town! It doesn't get any better than that. And I am in the great company of fellow stylists. We are all thrilled to be a part of such a prestigious event.

Mark your calendar now for this Friday, September 10th from 6:30-10:00pm at Neiman Marcus in SouthPark. Can't wait to see you there!

I know. Right about now you are thinking ... you just poured your heart into your fall 2010 fashion forecast, Catherine, and couldn't wait to share it with us. Now you want us to think about next spring?

Technically, you don't have to think about next spring. I just can't help myself ... I'm always a few seasons ahead. And this upcoming Fashion Week brings such excitement with the new location in Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park, in addition to adding new designers to the roster.

From September 9-16, thousands of fashion industry professionals will gather to see over 90 of the worlds most established and up-and-coming designers present their collections for spring 2011.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week will host three runway venues; the Theatre, Stage and Studio as well as a fourth presentation space called the Box for designer presentations, industry forums, press conferences and other activities. Peter Levy, SVP and Managing Director of IMG Fashion, shares

We are tremendously excited about our new home at Lincoln Center and overwhelmed by the response of so many designers who will be showing with us as part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week this season.

Expect to see the following designers: Nicholas K, Project Runway, Toni Maticevski, Richard Chai, Ruffian, Christian Siriano, Bensoni, Farah Angsana, VERRIER, Concept Korea, Richie Rich, Tadashi Shoji, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Duckie Brown, Michael Angel, Buckler, EDITION Georges Chakra, Ports 1961, Alexander Berardi, Academy of Art University, Lacoste, Binetti, Cynthia Rowley, Prabal Gurung, ADAM, Yoana Baraschi, Vivienne Tam, Mik Cire, Charlotte Ronson, Z Spoke by Zac Posen, Venexiana, Derek Lam, Timo Weiland, Lela Rose, DKNY, Rebecca Taylor, Rebecca Minkoff, Hervé Léger by Max Azria, Diane von Furstenberg, Trias, Global Glam Collection, Custo Barcelona, Tommy Hilfiger, Vassilios Kostetsos, William Tempest, Jenny Packham, Carolina Herrera, Carlos Miele, Diesel Black Gold, Tracy Reese, Donna Karan Collection, TONYCOHEN, Monique Lhuillier, Yeohlee, Herchcovitch;Alexandre, Betsey Johnson, Perry Ellis, Elie Tahari, Monique Péan, Badgley Mischka, Vera Wang, Rosa Cha, Max Azria, Bibhu Mohapatra, Dennis Basso, Luca Luca, Sophie Theallet, Tibi, Narciso Rodriguez, Toni Francesc, Bill Blass, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, General Idea, Adrienne Vittadini, Gottex, Milly by Michelle Smith, Odd Molly, Anna Sui, Mackage, Zang Toi, Ralph Lauren, Andy & Debb, Isaac Mizrahi, Davidelfin, Argentina Group Show, Calvin Klein Collection Women's, J. Mendel, Rebecca Moses, Naeem Khan, L.A.M.B. and IVANAhelsinki.

Want to attend Fashion Week SS10 with Academy of Art University? Enter to win 2 VIP tickets simply by sharing your eye for style. For official rules, visit Academy of Art University today. Contest ends August 26th.

The last two days of NY Fashion Week Fall 2010 brought simple brilliance and rounded out the week nicely. Think luxe fabrics!! We added another emerging theme for Fall, as well.

Designer mentions: Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Anna Sui, Isaac Mizrahi.

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Written by: Madeline Perard, Style Intern for Closet of Style

This past weekend, I covered fashion week, compliments of Catherine. Just as I had imagined, it was truly magical! While I didn’t have any celebrity encounters myself, the experience left me with such gratitude. During my stay in NYC, I had the opportunity to attend many shows including Haute Hippie, Lela Rose and Rachel Antonoff (my favorite), to name just a few. The shows I attended were magnificent from the hospitality to the souvenirs to the showcase of each designer's fall/winter 2010 collections. However, the absolute best presentation was Rachel Antonoff’s.

Rachel's showcase was unlike anything I've ever seen before. “The Mystery at Lafayette House” was set in a mansion located in East Village Manhattan. Attendees entered a crime scene and had to identify the murderer by watching the witnesses. Who would have guessed such suspense combined with the '50s and '60s fashion would be such a hit? The inspiration and the plot won my heart! I’m still unsure of the culprit. Maybe you can tell me?



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Fashion Week just gets better! Day 5 and 6 amp up the yum factor. And add over-the-top fur to the list of emerging trends for Fall 2010.

Designer mentions: Zac Posen, Carlos Miele, Monique Lhuillier, Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam, Vera Wang, Dennis Basso, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Narciso Rodriguez.

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