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Though its radically varying temperatures make dressing nearly impossible, fashion magazines want you to know that September is an important month for commerce. The dog days of summer seem like a distant memory when autumn’s mood of transformation arrives, bringing with it those inch-thick editions of glossy fashion magazines that advise which kind of fringed boot will work for you this year. But don’t let the perfumed pages fool you: The several-hundred-page September issues of Vogue, Elle, In Style, and Harper’s Bazaar—coinciding with New York Fashion Week—are the product of plenty of blood, sweat, and tears in the fashion publishing industry. At this Phillips After 5 event, hear what’s in store for fall from fashion experts and models. Enjoy beauty and fragrance stations and custom cocktails, courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue and Stir Bartending Co. mixologists, plus music from DJ Heather Femia. By the end of the night, you’ll be dreaming of trench coats and wool sweaters. The event begins at 5 p.m. at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. $10–$12. (202) 387-2151. phillipscollection.org.