OH, AND WHAT A NIGHT IT IS GOING TO BE! On September 10th, New York City will host a spectacular Fashion’s Night Out. This will be the second such event for the Fashion Industry and it is expected to be bigger than ever. So far, almost 1,000 stores have signed on to participate in the event, and all of them have agreed to stay open until 11PM.
In a press conference to unveil plans for the show, Mayor Bloomberg asserted that his administration is committed to doing “whatever is necessary to make this industry thrive.” Well, that was an encouraging introduction to a whole series of designer speeches about the Night, featuring such luminaries as Tommy Hilfiger, Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang, and many others. Even the preliminary to the Night was a dynamite blast!
Much of the excitement will be centered at Lincoln Center where, for the first time, Fashion’s Night Out will feature the city’s largest ever public fashion show. Tickets start at $25 and proceeds will benefit the NYC AIDS Fund. Those who can’t make it will be glad to know that cbs.com will live stream the runway extravaganza and will also present an hour long special about it on September 14th. Check the site for details!
The Mayor pointed out that the classy Lincoln Center location for many of the events attached to fashion week should give it room to grow and flourish. “It should cement its reputation as a premier global event, “he declared.
Last year, the first run for Fashion’s Night Out racked up major kudos. “Last year, thousands of customers showed up in our stores and all the other stores,” said Saks Inc. chairman and ceo Stephen I. Sadove. They came and they had fun. Designers showed up, and celebrities came. It became a celebration of what fashion is all about.”
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It Felt Like a Block Party
SUPER-STAR DESIGNER Marc Jacobs said it was a real challenge for him last year to travel between his Spring Street store and Mercer Street boutique, both in NYC’s SoHo district. “It took me about two hours to get down two blocks because I was stopped every single moment by people who were out on the street for Fashion’s Night Out.
To the designer, the Night felt “like a block party. It felt like a sense of community and it felt like what I think fashion and shopping is all about – a social ritual people enjoy.”
Bloomberg chimed in with much of the same sentiment. But he also said he thinks that “people don’t realize how competitive the world is today – for business, for tourists, for people to get an education.
“We have to be out there spreading the word about what’s good for New York and what is good here in New York.” Of course, it is really impossible to separate the New York Fashion Industry from the Nation’s Fashion Industry. What’s good for one is good for the other.
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