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Fashion's Night Out More than Just Shopping

Fashion's Night Out is a fun-filled evening with block parties, celebrities -- and above all -- fabulous clothes.

But it's more than just shopping this year.

On "The Early Show" Monday, designer Tory Burch, a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and a participating designer in next month's Fashion's Night Out, explained the September 10 event is to get people excited about shopping and help out a very important cause.

The initiative, she said, was started last year in New York to help boost the economy.

Now a global event that is held in 100 U.S. cities, Fashion's Night Out, Burch said, features a variety of designers and celebrities who make appearances at stores.

"It's a way for the public to go and meet them and interact with them," Burch said.

Stores also stay open later -- some as late as 11:00 p.m.

In New York, the event will also help raise money. Burch said this year will feature the biggest fashion show ever staged in New York City. The show will be held at Lincoln Center on September 7, and will have more than 150 models wearing all the hottest fall 2010 trends. The show will be open to the public and will benefit the New York City AIDS Fund.

Fashion's Night Out will be the subject of a one-hour special on CBS on September 14. CBS is also sponsoring a contest for fashion's No. 1 fan.

For more on this year's event, click on the video below.