Fashion’s Night Out which was designed to increase interest in fashion during tough economic times will go on hiatus this year.
A decision was made to cancel the event after huge crowds flooded the streets of SoHo in September and smashed the windshield of a car while its driver sat inside during Fashion’s Night Out festivities.
The annual shopping event has been part of New York Fashion Week each September since 2009, when it was created in response to the recession. It was masterminded by Vogue’s Anna Wintour and championed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
The event expanded to 500 U.S. cities and 30 cities globally. Celebrities mingled with shoppers, champagne was served and designers sang karaoke and played pingpong to drum up business for the important fall retail season.
CFDA CEO Steven Kolb said that he was proud of what had been accomplished. However, there was grumbling from some stores and designers that it cost money they weren’t sure they saw back in sales.
“Fashion’s Night Out will go on hiatus in the United States in 2013 in order to enable retailers to channel their resources toward strategies more in keeping with their current priorities,” a statement on the website for the event occurring in more than 500 cities nationwide says.
As Women’s Wear Daily first reported, organizers also cited the improved economy as a reason for the cancellation. Vogue magazine, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and New York’s tourism agency launched FNO in 2009 to give the industry a boost.
Fashion’s Night Out will still be held in select international cities.
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