If you're a fan of massive crowds blocking traffic, watered down cocktails, clothing deals that rate a solid "meh," and general ratchetry, then you'll be sad to hear that Fashion's Night Out 2013 will not be happening this year. Since 2009, Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and NYC & Co. have sponsored the one night frenzy of shopping in which designers and retailers host miniature parties and deals in storefronts all over Manhattan. The goal was to jump-start the fashion industry and downtown NYC out of the recession, and raise money for the NYC Aids Fund.
But in light of grumblings from the brands and stores that aren't sure if FNO is profitable for them, the event's sponsors have pulled the plug...for now. Instead of throwing a blanket event, individual businesses will decide when and how to engage with consumers at the beginning of New York Fashion Week in September. So now it's up to you on how to get ratchet downtown this September.