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Next best thing to Fashion Week: Fashion’s Night Out, Nuit de la Mode

Won’t be in the front row at Jason Wu on Friday? Neither will we. But we’ll be trying to snag ourselves some of these sophisticated tomboy looks during local Fashion’s Night Out events. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Here in Washington, if we aren’t exactly in the front row, we will still observe this holy week of all things bags, shoes, dresses. Among the biggest events locally: A couple of Fashion’s Night Out events, which began in 2009 in New York as an industry effort to counter the recession by inspiring people to lust after Chanel nailpolish and limited-edition Jason Wu figurines.

On Thursday, Georgetown and Tysons Corner will mark Fashion’s Night Out with special giveaways and events. Think cocktails, sneak previews and performances. Georgetown’s Fashion’s Night Out will have a particularly artsy vibe, with a photo booth, flower accessory-making at the BYT lounge and more. At Tysons and Tysons Galleria Fashion’s Night Out , it’ll be all about the giveaways -- champagne and macaroons at the Christian Dior at Saks and the Tory Burch store, snacks and cocktails at the Ritz.

Also this week are two great ways to clean out your closet (you know, to make room for some of fall’s woolly mammoth-esque faux furs and to hunt down some of the ’70s looks that are in this season). The Textile Museum’s PM at the TM event tonight is one big vintage clothing swap; another big swap event, Swap Shop, is Saturday at Hillyer Arts Space. (In both cases, get there early to get the best pickings.)

Later this month, it’ll feel more like Paris Fashion Week (crossed with, perhaps, Moscow Fashion Week) at the gorgeous Hillwood Estate on Sept. 24, when Alliance Francaise hosts Nuit de la Mode, a fashion show and party featuring lines by one Russian, one French and one American designer. The models will strut the pieces on an outdoor catwalk, and then it’s time to party in the garden. Organizers have even planned an after-party pegged to the Nuit Blanche Art All Night event; it’ll be held at the Wonderbread Factory on S Street.

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