Like an on trend frock or model-courting nightclub, three years after surfacing Fashion’s Night Out is starting to look long in the tooth. At least according to SoHo residents, who have seen the democratic retail outing started by Anna Wintour devolve into “a zoo” since its inception in 2009.
On Thursday, hordes of dolled up shoppers were put out on the downtown streets when participating boutiques closed their doors. That the stores plied many of the revelers with unlimited free booze resulted in some rowdy behavior once FNO drew to a close. One mob stomped on the roof of a car at Bleecker and Broadway before smashing its window…while the terrified driver cowered inside. The SoHo Alliance and NoHo Neighborhood Association spoke up in an email to Gothamist: “This year it really turned ugly. Police were scarce. Violence and destruction erupted on Broadway. One victim says it took twenty minutes for the NYPD to arrive!”
Wintour was singled out for bringing the raucousness to the area. “”We think Anna Wintour, who lives in a townhouse on Sullivan Street, should be held responsible for creating this zoo in her neighborhood,” noted the email. “Perhaps a demonstration in front of her home would get her attention?”