There is a certain incandescent ambiance in the air as the beloved Fashion Week returns. Fashionistas wait impatiently for the first day to arrive so that they can pull their best ensembles out of hiding and hit the streets for some couture fun. Tinges of uncertainty bounce around every fashion magazine as contributors wonder what each designer will bring to the catwalk that year. However, with the recent elimination of the infamous event, "Fashion's Night Out," one has to wonder, will Fashion Week this year be as exciting? It was said back in February that the Vogue-funded occasion would no longer take place due to the revaluation of the event’s actual significance.
Founded back in 2009 by Vogue and the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), it was meant to gain back retail revenue after the recession of 2008. For a while, it appeared as if the large shopping-event was gaining huge praise and recognition for large retailers, as well as small-owned business. Consumers would go out of their way just to get a ticket into one of the events, if only to experience the discounted clothing, complimentary drinks, and be ability to shop and mingle with the crème de la crème of the fashion industry. But as of late last year, there seemed to be a wide range of skepticism regarding the actual amount of revenue that was being produced. Retailers were open till late so that consumers could shop, yet profits didn’t alter much.
Not only that, but there was added concern from designers who were required to organize their FNO events around their Fashion Week shows. With that, the event was cancelled and placed on hold till further notice--at least in NYC that is. Other Fashion Night Out events around the world will still go on for the fifth year and will be hosted by Vogue’s Condé Nast International. At least 19 countries will partake in the event, including Thailand and Ukraine ( who is participating for the first time this year). With all that uncovered, do you still think Fashion Week will be as interesting now that NYC won’t be participating in the event? One can only hope.