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Fashion's Night Out To Be On Hiatus In The U.S.

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Despite its popularity among shopaholics and fashionistas alike, the annual Fashion's Night Out event will be in a holding pattern, at least in the U.S., this coming September. Organized by Vogue and CFDA, Fashion's Night Out (FNO) started during September 2009's New York Fashion Week as an initiative to jump-start the struggling retail sector, then still reeling from the recession. Thanks to the success from that very first event, FNO not only became an annual venue but one with a global reach. By 2012, FNO expanded to over 500 cities across the U.S. and 30 other cities worldwide. However, many within the fashion industry have started to question the effectiveness of FNO. Strains on retailers and designers have become quite apparent, seeing how they have to invest even more now on the festivity, divide their time between both it and the fashion show, all the while without a grasp on the true return of investment. And so FNO organizers Vogue and CFDA, along government officials from NYC & Co., made the decision to put FNO on hold for now in the U.S. Fortunately, the venue will go on elsewhere around the world, including Thailand and Ukraine for the first time.

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