Fashion's Night Out—the brain child of Anna Wintour that sought to take Fashion Week to the people with an evening of late hours, swag, celebrities, the occasional drink, and apparently a desire to shop more—is taking a break from America. While the event was nominally fun as it expanded, it also ended up becoming difficult for retailers and creating hazards for cities. Apparently the young drunken shoppers spilling into the streets weren't enough to make up for the bump in sales after all. Via The Cut, the FNO website now has an announcement that reads:
Lisa Lockwood at Women's Wear Daily reported that the event became a burden for designers and retailers given that "they have had to invest more and more of their resources to maintain a high level of quality, and there unquestionably was some backlash, especially from designers who were staging fashion shows at the same time." But as the event grew every year there were also logistical problems. After this year's FNO Hillary Reisenberg wrote a piece at BuzzFeed titled "How A Worldwide Shopping Party Became A Dangerous Liability," a problem that was particularly evident in New York. She pointed out that in the city the crowds damaged cars and patrons were served drinks with little oversight as to whether or not they were underaged. One video showed how the event overflowed out of the stores and into the streets:
Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA, implied to WWD's Lockwood that FNO has gotten a little out of control, explaining "It’s a big event. It has a lot of tentacles." As the statement on FNO's website mentions, FNO began in 2009 as an effort to get people into stores in the midst of a recession, with the economy getting better the event just became sort of a big party.
So alas, if you were hoping to get free mini bottles of champagne in SoHo this coming September, you're out of luck. The event, however, will still be going wild on an international level.