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Fashion's Night Out to Host Public Runway Show

New York City's Fashion's Night Out is getting one night longer with a large runway show for the public ahead of the main event.

Organizers expect 1,500 guests for the Sept. 7 show at Lincoln Center before the evening of parties at dozens of stores on Sept. 10. More than 200 top models will walk the runway in Fall 2010 trends picked by Vogue editors in what the hosts said Thursday will be the city's largest public fashion show.

Fashion's Night Out is a collaboration between American Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the city of New York and NYC & Company, its marketing arm. The runway show will be produced by American Vogue and SPEC Entertainment.

During Fashion's Night Out, stores throughout the city will stay open until 11 p.m. and host appearances by designers, celebrity guests and other special events.

Tickets for the runway show will be made available this summer through the Lincoln Center box office. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the New York City AIDS Fund.

"We felt it is important for people to see what wonderful fashion will be in stores at that moment," Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour said in a statement.

Organizers said they were approached by retailers, malls and cities asking to participate in the initiative through similar local Fashion's Night Out events this year. They must apply for approval.

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