By Ashley Breeding | September 08, 2011 10:19 AM
It’s time to break out those Balenciaga handbags and Chanel coin purses: Fashion’s Night Out returns to South Coast Plaza and Fashion Island for the third year in a row on Sept. 8, celebrating the hip global event with in-store fashion shows, luxury beauty bars and delectable dining opportunities. Get fall fashion tips and celebrity style secrets, learn insider techniques from hairstylists and makeup artists, and enter for a chance to score gift cards and gourmet giveaways. South Coast Plaza will roll out the red carpet at 6 p.m., when guests can pose for photos before visiting more than 100 stores and boutiques, including Bloomingdale’s, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent for runway shows, designer showcases and makeovers (or make-unders). A kickoff celebration will begin at 5 p.m. at Fashion Island, where celebrity stylist Melis Kuris, who has dressed A-listers like Anna Paquin, Joss Stone and Helen Mirren, will share her favorite fall fashion tips. Throughout the evening, shoppers will also enjoy sweet treats across the Island at participating stores including Neiman Marcus, American Rag Cie and Anthropologie. Guests who make a purchase might win a custom F.I. tote. Launched in New York City in 2009 to encourage consumer spending during the economic downturn, the event, sponsored by Vogue and the Council of Fashion Designers of America, has expanded to 16 countries and occurs over a span of eight days.