New York Fashion Week will kick off on a quieter note in September, due to the announcement that annual Fashion's Night Out festivities on the first night of the eight-day fashion marathon will be on hiatus this year.
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour started the one-night-only event in 2009 to promote all-things-fashion and boost shopping in response to the slumping economy. Since then, it has bloomed into a global style holiday bustling with celebrity appearances, pop-up shops and store activities and specials to stimulate spending on the first night of New York Fashion Week.
Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and NYC & Co. agreed on the break so that retailers and designers could focus their energy and resources on projects more in line with their individual long-term goals, rather than on planning activities for one night, according to Women's Wear Daily.
“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,” New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg told media.
Although fashionistas across the U.S. will be sitting FNO out, 19 countries plan to carry the event into its fifth year. Thailand and Ukraine also will hold their inaugural FNO events.
We will miss you, Fashion's Night Out -- celebrities, crowds, sore feet and all. To help ease the shock, here are some scenes from past FNO events ...
Time to party in New York! DJ Becka Diamond and guests celebrate at the OC Concept story at FNO 2009. (Wendell Teodoro/Getty Images)
Justin Bieber at Dolce & Gabana on Madison Avenue in 2009. (Donald Traill/Associated Press)
Crowds gather along Fifth Avenue at FNO 2009.
"Project Runway" style guru Tim Gunn attends a signing for his new book, "Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work," hosted by Deborah Lloyd, right, at the Kate Spade New York celebration for FNO 2009. (Cory Schwartz/Getty Images)