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Organizers of Fashion’s Night Out were faced with a major challenge this year: how to top the shopping event’s 2009 launch extravaganza. They started by warming up New Yorkers with an open-air, public runway show at Lincoln Center a few nights earlier that featured a cast of about 150 top models including Gisele Bündchen, Karolina Kurkova, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Coco Rocha and Lara Stone.
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On the actual night, the city’s main shopping streets were once again mobbed—and there was no shortage of celebs. Among the highlights: Viktor & Rolf’s bed-in at Saks Fifth Avenue; a crowd of screaming girls waiting more than an hour for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen to arrive and judge a karaoke contest at Barneys New York; Kanye West being mobbed by fans while walking the streets of SoHo, and Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sarah Jessica Parker at Oscar de la Renta. Nothing could beat the sight of Naomi Campbell and a gaggle of models clad in Naomi T-shirts dancing wildly in front of Dolce & Gabbana on Madison Avenue.