In 2009 Fashion's Night Out was first started by Anna Wintour, Vogue editor, approved by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). It began as a result of the recession as a way to promote business for the important fall retail season. The event grew quickly and expanded to 500 cities worldwide.
That September evening event in NYC, aimed at luring consumers into retailers with special events and parties, has now been put on hiatus.
Fashion’s Night Out will still be held in select international cities this fall and FNO organizers said they will continue to support the NYC AIDS Fund, which received about $1 million from the Fashion’s Night Out events.