Fashion’s Night Out, the brain child of U.S. Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and the Council of Fashion Designers of America, celebrated its third year on Thursday in more than 100 cities and 17 countries.

While there were a number of must-see FNO events in New York City, fashionistas and shopaholics only had five hours to get around to everything.

That’s where planning comes in! Using the Fashion’s Night Out NYC iPhone app, I marked a number of “favorite” spots to stop by on my FNO journey. From there, I filled in the gaps as I traveled from store to store. I documented the night using my smartphone – after all, who wants to carry around a huge camera all night long?

Kicking the evening off, I attended indie department store Opening Ceremony’s carnival-themed event at Ace Hotel, where Miss Piggy (yes, that’s right) unveiled her new collection, Muppets x Opening Ceremony. Meanwhile, Opening Ceremony announced this year’s country of focus for its store: Argentina.

From there, I headed to the big department stores – my experience at the first FNO event in 2009 taught me that they rock at throwing FNO parties. Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue had the best offerings this year. The canine fashion show at Bergdorf’s was a blast, and I enjoyed testing out Jo Malone’s latest cologne, Wild Bluebell, at Saks.

I also stopped by Harry Winston (where models were decked out in fairytale wedding gowns and beautiful jewels), Diesel (where an Afrobeat band called Tchaka was performing on the sidewalk and Nylon magazine was interviewing up-and-coming bands), Sephora (where Solange Knowles was DJing), Rockefeller Center (where models were posing in the promenade) and Prada (where I endulged in unlimited free champagne).

The highlight of the night was serendipitously attending a Ne-Yo concert at Saks, which he was hosting in celebration of his hat collection’s launch. I saw a group of girls running up the escalator and decided to follow. To my surprise, Ne-Yo walked on stage within seconds of my arrival and started singing “I Just Can’t Stop.” Only in New York.

Check out the pictures below for a look at my adventure during Fashion’s Night Out NYC 2011, and share your experiences in the comments below! What was your favorite event of the evening?

Images courtesy of Erica Swallow

Bergdorf Fifth Avenue Window

Bergdorf Fifth Avenue Window

FNO totes at Bergdorf Goodman

FNO totes at Bergdorf Goodman

A canine companion at the Bergdorf Goodman Best in Show event

A canine companion at the Bergdorf Goodman Best in Show event

DJ Lady Bunny at Bergdorf Goodman

DJ Lady Bunny at Bergdorf Goodman

Robert Verdi hosts Big Wheel of Fashion at Bergdorf Goodman

Robert Verdi hosts Big Wheel of Fashion at Bergdorf Goodman

Ryan is wearing a Faconnable dress and jacket, a white Anne Fontaine shirt, a Coach bag, Aldo stockings, Ann Taylor shoes and belt, and a Tous ring

Ryan is wearing a Faconnable dress and jacket, a white Anne Fontaine shirt, a Coach bag, Aldo stockings, Ann Taylor shoes and belt, and a Tous ring

Shinae is wearing Aldo stockings, earrings and bracelets, an Ann Taylor belt and blouse, a Cole Haan bag, and Galerie Saint Gil shoes and jacket.

Shinae is wearing Aldo stockings, earrings and bracelets, an Ann Taylor belt and blouse, a Cole Haan bag, and Galerie Saint Gil shoes and jacket.

Kaven is wearing a Banana Republic hat and boots, an Anne Fontaine shirt, a Cole Haan cape, Galerie Saint Gil leggins and a cuff and rings from the Met Store

Kaven is wearing a Banana Republic hat and boots, an Anne Fontaine shirt, a Cole Haan cape, Galerie Saint Gil leggins and a cuff and rings from the Met Store

Opening Ceremony El Mercado de Carnaval

Opening Ceremony El Mercado de Carnaval

Miss Piggy introducing the new Muppets x Opening Ceremony line

Miss Piggy introducing the new Muppets x Opening Ceremony line

Muppets x Opening Ceremony line

Muppets x Opening Ceremony line

Illustrator Jessica Repetto sketching live portraits on Band of Outsiders tote bags

Illustrator Jessica Repetto sketching live portraits on Band of Outsiders tote bags

Opening Ceremony Happy Socks

Opening Ceremony Happy Socks

Opening Ceremony photobooth

Opening Ceremony photobooth

Erica Swallow at Opening Ceremony event

Erica Swallow at Opening Ceremony event

Jo Malone ballerina model at Saks

Jo Malone ballerina model at Saks

Jo Malone model with Wild Bluebell cologne at Saks

Jo Malone model with Wild Bluebell cologne at Saks

Jo Malone Wild Bluebell cologne at Saks

Jo Malone Wild Bluebell cologne at Saks

Harry Winston model mingles with visitors

Harry Winston model mingles with visitors

Harry Winston model

Harry Winston model

Prada Fashion's Night Out window display

Prada Fashion's Night Out window display

Prada manikins riding Vespas

Prada manikins riding Vespas

Oscar de la Renta, Giambattista Valli and Akris manikins at Saks Fifth Avenue

Oscar de la Renta, Giambattista Valli and Akris manikins at Saks Fifth Avenue

Complimentary beauty samples at Saks when you tweet

Complimentary beauty samples at Saks when you tweet

Solange Knowles DJs at Sephora

Solange Knowles DJs at Sephora

A sea of smartphones at the Saks Fifth Avenue Ne-Yo concert

A sea of smartphones at the Saks Fifth Avenue Ne-Yo concert

Tchaka performs on sidewalk outside of Diesel

Tchaka performs on sidewalk outside of Diesel

Stylist tweet-a-photo window display at Saks

Stylist tweet-a-photo window display at Saks

White Rabbit performing at Rockefeller Center

White Rabbit performing at Rockefeller Center