Whether or not you’re a style aficionado, there’s no way in hell you’ll be able to escape the steam train that is Fashion Week and its unprecedented kick-off event: Fashion’s Night Out—Anna Wintour’s chic way of getting everyone in New York (and the entire world) shopping again. So what’s in it for you? A ton! More than 300 stores will stay open till 11 p.m. Get a lesson on how to strut down the runway from Alexander Wang; experience a professional photo shoot at Dior; watch as Vogue’s Andre Leon Talley hosts a fashion game show at Bergdorf’s; enjoy Thai ice cream from Band of Outsiders’ “Thai tie truck” outside the Opening Ceremony; and kick it with the lovely ladies of Vena Cava at an all-girl block party outside of Bird in Williamsburg. Christmas came early this year.

Thu., Sept. 10, 6 p.m., 2009