2nd Annual Fashion's Night Out

By Jamie Romas

Sacramento and high fashion aren’t exactly synonymous. Sure, our fair city has its share of chic boutiques, fashion bloggers and style mavens, but when it comes to runway shows, your best bet is curling up with the September issue of VOGUE while watching an episode of America’s Next Top Model.

All that will change on September 6 as Pavilions hosts Sacramento’s 2nd Annual Fashion’s Night Out (FNO). For those of you who don’t worship at the altar of Anna Wintour, FNO was started in 2009 to celebrate fashion and boost retail sales during the recession. The event has grown well beyond its first year in New York City, with more than 4,500 FNO events taking place across the country this year.

The festivities kick off at 6 p.m. with gourmet food trucks, music by DJ Dave Carvahlo, and in-store events and promotions. But the main attraction is a runway show produced by Mary Gonsalves Kinney of Sister|Brother Style and featuring looks from Pavilions’ stores, including GOTG favorites Madam Butterfly and lucy activewear.

What sets this fashion show apart from those held during Sacramento Fashion Week is that the models aren’t professionals, but local “celebrities,” from television personalities to bloggers. As a model in last year’s show, I can tell you it’s not as glamorous as it looks. Between the winding runway, the bright (and hot) lights, and the copious amounts of pre-show champagne, I’m just glad I didn’t pull a Carrie Bradshaw and fall on my face (fashion roadkill, anyone?)

If, like Carrie, you’re saving up for your next pair of Manolos, don’t despair – general admission is free. But if you want to feel like Ms. Wintour, hurry up and get yourself a VIP runway seat (there were only 5 left at the time of this post!). They cost $150, but that includes a $100 Pavilions Gift Certificate. And all proceeds benefit the UC Davis Children’s Hospital – because really, what’s more fashionable than philanthropy?

For more information or to purchase VIP tickets, go to: http://www.helpmakemiracles.org/event/fashion.

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