A boost for the global economy as well as a fashionista’s spirit, the Council of Fashion and Design and international publication Vogue have organized the shopping event “Fashion’s Night Out”. The event takes place in 13 countries: United States, United Kingdom, Greece, Italy, Russia, France, Brazil, India, Spain, China, Germany, Taiwan and Japan. For more information, go to fashionsnightout.com and click on the country’s link for details about participating retailers and events.
Participating locations in the U.S in addition to New York, include Los Angeles , Hawaii and Chicago. According to examiner.com, there will be trunk shows, giveaways, special previews and the sale of limited collections as well as charitable efforts incorporated into the event. No tickets are required and the functions are open to all. If you are in NY or any of the cities holding a Fashion’s Night Out, this sounds well worth dropping by.
In their own words after the jump…
In a global initiative to promote retail, restore consumer confidence, and celebrate fashion, U.S. and international editions of Vogue are coordinating evening extravaganzas in their respective world fashion capitals. In the United States, American Vogue has joined with NYC & Company, the City of New York, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America to enliven again the consumer spirit that churns the economy and boosts the local industry of America’s fashion capital, New York City. Next only to finance, fashion is the second-largest sector of industry in New York City—the headquarters of more than 800 fashion companies employing 175,000 people and generating $10 billion in total wages. At City Hall’s May 20 press conference to announce Fashion’s Night Out, Vera Wang said, “To put it bluntly, if people don’t shop, people lose their jobs.”
The first evening of New York Fashion Week, Fashion’s Night Out will encompass festivities galore— from inventive window displays to model and celebrity appearances. Champagne may flow; hors d’oeuvres may be passed. Rumors of musical performances, downtown barbecues, shoe capsules, limited-edition rings, and sweepstakes abound. Apparently there will be makeovers, brow bars, and haircut stations at sundry spots, too.