Fashion Night Out Is On Hiatus For 2013 [Photos]

After four years of late-night shopping and free cocktails every September Fashion's Night Out takes a break in the U.S. According to Women’s Wear Daily the sponsors of the event, Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and NYC & Co., decided to put the event on hiatus so designers and retailers could focus their budgets on specific projects that fit their objectives.

The event was launched back in 2009 to jump start the recession that hit economy in the city.Over the past four years Fashion’s Night Out expanded to stores in 500 cities nationwide and 30 cities across the world; and has raised more than $1 million for NYC Aids Fund. Steven Kolb chief executive officer of the CFDA explained that they will continue to support this cause in other ways.Since then the event has become a big, street festival-style party, where celebrities come out to perform and entertain. NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

“Fashion’s Night Out brought great energy, optimism and enthusiasm to the city’s retailers, who make up a thriving part of our economy. We can always count on fashion industry leaders to use their creativity and savvy to benefit New York City – whether they are helping us recover from a national recession, a national disaster or whatever the next challenge may be,”

While the September party has been canceled in the United States, 19 other countries will be participating in 2013, including first-timers Thailand and Ukraine.