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Party's over, folks. Fashion's Night Out, the annual September shopping circuit party dreamed up by Vogue and co-sponsored by the CFDA, is over. This morning, WWD broke the news that's undoubtably breaking Anna Wintour's heart: FNO is on "hiatus" in the US until further notice.
In LA, FNO festivities were typically clustered in malls and on Robertson and Abbot Kinney. Last year, La Brea joined in as well while Rodeo Drive notably opted-out, preferring to spend its time and effort on a series of ice cream sundae events. Behind the scenes, there were grumbles about cost and the fact that most FNO attendees were there for the free booze, rather than the shopping.
When queried about whether or not Fashion's Night Out was ever profitable for retailers, who in addition to shelling out for DJs and drinks oftentimes had to hire security and additional staff to police events, the CFDA's CEO said, "I don't think the success of it was measured only by numbers or money, but was really about engagement.?Everyone feels we had a great four years. It brought a lot of attention to retail, to fashion's important place in retail."
Though the event has been called off in the US, it will live on internationally. 19 countries will be celebrating this year, including new participants Thailand and the Ukraine.
· Fashion's Night Out [Official Site]
· Breaking: Fashion's Night Out Has Been Cancelled for 2013 [Racked]
· Fashion's Night Out on Hiatus in U.S. [WWD]
· All LA FNO Coverage [Racked]