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Fall trend fashion show at Neiman Marcus.

By Tali Jaffe.

When you’re invited to the party of the year, nothing can keep you from getting there. So, despite the looming thunderstorms, revelers came out in droves to celebrate Fashion’s Night Out at Bal Harbour Shops.

It was barely 6 pm and the Saks shoe department was brimming with ladies (and patient gentleman) waiting to meet shoe designer Edmundo Castillo. The handsome designer had taken a break from his namesake line a few years ago, but is back this year in a big way.

Grabbing a cocktail or two and some diet cokes for energy, we head upstairs where a DJ was setting the mood for serious partying. We restrained ourselves from partaking in any Coldstone ice cream (for now, anyway) and continued on upstairs where we had our pictures taken and made the cover of Bal Harbour Magazine (natch)!

The girls from Gee Beauty were on hand to give us a little touch up and with that we were on our way. Next stop, 100% Capri.

In arguably one of the prettiest stores at BHS, Tracy and Alonzo Mourning welcomed guests in the name of their charitable organization, Honey Shine. Between glasses of the crispest rose and delicious bites of caprese, we noticed quite a few shoppers ducking into dressing rooms to try on 100% Capri’s Miami-perfect resort wear.

Alas, it was time to make some moves. You can’t stay in one place too long—there’s too much to do!

We looked down on all of the excitement happening on the first floor and made a beeline for the elevators (our Louboutins are not staircase friendly). A word of advice: When faced with a decision like where to go next, just follow the crowd. And the most crowded spot at the Shops was the St. Regis Lounge where Tiffany & Co.’s Mystery Blue Box Wall had guests lining up for a chance to win a little Tiffany treasure and benefit the Buoniconti Fund. While I was captivated with the wall, one of the younger members of my FNO gang was desperate for another prize: goldfish. Whether you were supposed to win a fish or just grab a little bowl on your way out, my charming companion simply smiled at the hostess and was granted his prize.

We left the Lounge delighted with our respective loot and made our way down to YSL. Somehow everyone decided to make that the meeting place (what were they passing out, I wondered). With a fantastic gift with purchase tempting me even more than that Coldstone ice cream bar, I peeled myself away from the new Cabas Chyc bag and treated myself to a macaron instead. The Bass Museum was the recipient of a portion of the evening’s proceeds, and all of its bigwigs, like George Lindemann and Sylvia Cubina, were there to support the cause…

Sorry, we got a little distracted for a moment by a pack of topless men! Darlings, don’t you know where you are? Well, it turned out that these men were showing off their physiques for a good reason (and not to promote Crossfit). They were the South Florida firefighters! We joined the mob who seemed to be as distracted by these Adonises as we were and before we knew it, we ended up outside of Marc Jacobs.

Not surprisingly a carnival-like party ensued within the store where Fall’s polkadotted frocks lent themselves perfectly to the festivities. Cotton candy flavored lollipops were a big hit, and a fantastic little tote was the giveaway of the evening!

Across the way at Chloé, we were invited to have our pictures taken. When I craned my neck looking around for the photographer, my younger companion pointed out to me (with the requisite eyeroll) that the girl with iPhone in hand was in fact the photographer. Our image was sent via Bluetooth to the brand new Lada Gaga-designed handheld Polaroid printer and 10 seconds later, instant gratification.

With that, we were off. After a few pop-ins at Balenciaga (dying for that mushroom suede City bag), Oscar de la Renta for a little flamenco and Hermès (we couldn’t resist the gold horse balloons), we arrived at our final destination, Neiman Marcus. There, we split up: I headed upstairs for a much needed hand massage (carrying all of those Champagne glasses is exhausting) and a BlackBerry recharge; my companions opted to have their lipstick portrait taken and track down dinner—samplings from Il Mulino.

Before we knew it was 10 o’clock. We surveyed the damage: goldfish, Tiffany trinkets, lollipops, Polaroids, tote bag and one shiny horse balloon.

See you next year!

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