Fashion’s Night Out, the much-anticipated annual event in which shoppers, bloggers, designers, retailers, photographers, and editors alike take to the streets to shop, party, and celebrate fashion all night long is getting even bigger. Courtesy of our fearless fashion leader Anna Wintour, (she created the big night in 2009 to boost retail in a slumping economy) FNO events have been popping up across the nation from Charleston, SC to Kansas City, MO. Not only is FNO the biggest party to kickoff fall/winter New York Fashion Week, it’s a fashion ‘holiday’ that connects the industry no matter where you are celebrating. It’s kind of like the New Year’s of fashion—the party gets bigger the more people you know are joining in!
Now, according to a statement via British Vogue, Fashion’s Night Out is going global. Expanding to new continents, multiple countries have announced participation in two or more cities. Italy will hold events in Milan, Rome, and Florence; Berlin and Dusseldorf will join from Germany; and Moscow and St Petersburg will fete in Russia. We’ve seen FNO grow the past three years but for 2012 “bigger and better” is an understatement!
“We are delighted to be supporting the fashion and retail sectors again while highlighting the important role fashion plays in the economy of a country,” said Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue. Last year, “numbers of visitors were exceptional, in particular on Bond Street where visitor numbers were up by 92 percent on 2010,” she added. “Street closures and live performances helped boost attendance and create the mood of a stylish street party.” (WWD)
How exciting! Our New (Fashion) Year’s festivities just got even bigger. Save the date for Fashion’s Night Out U.S. on September 6th and peep the calendar below for schedules from Brazil to Taiwan. Find out everything FNO (plus a handy countdown clock) at fashionsnightout.com and follow international Vogue sites and social media for updates.
Sept. 6: Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Russia, Mexico, Australia and Korea
Sept. 7: China, India, Germany and Russia
Sept. 8: Taiwan and Japan
Sept. 10: Brazil
Sept. 12: Brazil
Sept. 13: Portugal, Italy, Turkey, The Netherlands and Mexico
Sept. 18: Italy
Sept. 20: Greece
Sept. 25: Greece