The first night of New York Fashion Week was celebrated by fashionistas and fashionistos alike during Fashion’s Night Out. A collaborative effort from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, NYC & Company, Vogue, and the city of New York, Fashion’s Night Out was held to enhance the economy and celebrate fashion. More than 700 fashion retailers across the five boroughs of NYC kept their doors open late on September 10 hosting festivities that included celebrity appearances, Champagne and hors d’oeuvres, exciting window displays, and even musical performances by designers.
Fashion’s Night Out was a global initiative to promote retail around the world. New York City, America’s fashion capital, is home to more than 800 fashion companies that employ more than 175,000 people and generate $10 billion annually in total wages. “To put it bluntly,” Vera Wang said at a press conference announcing Fashion’s Night Out, “if people don’t shop, people lose their jobs.” In addition to boosting the fashion industry, a Fashion’s Night Out t-shirt was available at participating retailers and 40 percent of the proceeds from the sale of each shirt was donated to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center.
The evening consisted of stars such as Diane von Furstenberg, Kate Hudson and Michael Kors appearing at a Macy’s in Queens, Justin Timberlake greeting shoppers at Saks Fifth Avenue, and Charlize Theron appearing at Dior. The Olsen twins were bartending at Bergdorf Goodman, Victoria Beckham signed Fashion’s Night Out t-shirts, and Oscar de la Renta performed songs at his store with Sarah Jessica Parker, Barbara Walters, and Bette Midler.