ANNA WINTOUR joined New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and several of the city’s biggest fashion stars to announce the plans for Manhattan’s Fashion’s Night Out, which takes place on September 7.

Marc Jacobs, Mary-Kate Olsen, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, Tory Burch and Fransisco Costa stood side-by-side as the Mayor announced the fashionable festivities which, this year, will include the biggest public fashion show in New York City history – to be held at Lincoln Centre. The show will feature more than 150 top models and trends for fall as determined by Vogue – great shopping inspiration – and the show will seat more than 1,500 spectators, with tickets starting at $25. Proceeds from the fashion show’s ticket sales will benefit the NYC AIDS Fund.

“The men and women standing up here are the fashion-world stars,” Bloomberg began. “If they say that bootcut pants are back in style, then bootcut pants are back in style. If they say capes are en vogue, then capes are en vogue.” But the Manhattan fashion fun doesn’t stop there – this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than last year with 1,000 retailers signed-up to Fashion’s Night Out (last year it was 800), all scheduled to stay open until 11pm on Friday September 10.

Marc Jacobs then took to the lectern to share his experience of last year’s FNO: “My office is two blocks away from our Mercer Street shop, and I had promised to go over to the shop [on Fashion’s Night Out] — it took me about two hours to get two blocks, because I was stopped every two minutes by people out on the street.”

Londoners will be having their share of the fun a day later on September 8, when Fashion’s Night Out returns to the capital with plenty of style-minded fun across the city.