After four years of arguable success, Fashion’s Night Out, the designer/retail awareness event put on by the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), Vogue and NYC & Co., the planning committee has decided to put FNO on an indefinite hiatus beginning this year.
Fashion’s Night Out began in 2009 as a way to stimulate the New York economy and bring much needed consumer attention to retail nearing the Spring/Summer Fashion Week shows. While it remains to be seen just how much of a financial impact FNO had for participating retailers, the brand awareness it brought to those participating and popularity seen through it’s many outlets in cities across the country and the world, is undeniable.
“Fashion’s Night Out brought great energy, optimism and enthusiasm to the city’s retailers, who make up a thriving part of our economy. We can always count on fashion industry leaders to use their creativity and savvy to benefit New York City — whether they are helping us recover from a national recession, a natural disaster or whatever the next challenge may be,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
Fashions Night Out has seen celebrity appearances the likes of Solange Knowles, to Victoria Beckham and Blue Man Group. FNO has also helped raise over $1 Million for the NYC Aids Fund which the Chief Executive of the CFDA, Steven Kolb, has said they will continue to support through other avenues.
While there won’t be a Fashion’s Night Out in the states this year, FNO will still be continuing internationally in 19 countries and Thailand and Ukraine will be hosting their Fashion’s Night Out for the first time this year.