Fashion’s Night Out Brings Bison, Stylish DMV Residents out to Geogetown
Published: Monday, September 10, 2012
Updated: Monday, September 10, 2012 14:09
Sky-high heels, sweeping skirts, exquisitely tailored blazers and perky bow ties – sounds like a regular day on the Yard, right? Howard and the rest of the DMV’s most stylish ladies and gents invaded Georgetown on Thursday, September 6 for the third annual Fashion’s Night Out fête.
FNO Georgetown is a relatively new happening with the very first one starting in 2010. Vogue Magazine, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and the City of New York started FNO in 2009 to support the fashion industry during the faltering economy. Since then, it has evolved into a globally recognized and respected affair.
Georgetown BID, a “nonprofit organization dedicated to…enhancing the accessibility, attractiveness and overall appeal of Georgetown,” made sure that this event would be bigger and better than before.
“FNO Georgetown does evolve every year,” Meaghan Calnan, marketing specialist at Georgetown BID said. “Particularly in the number of merchants that participate, as well as the level of their in-store events- they keep raising the bar!”
The proof is in the stats. In 2010, there were 80 participating merchants. This year boasted over 100. There was a significantly larger host committee of media professionals, stylists and supporters this year as well.
Attendees commented on the differences out loud – many were grateful that it didn’t rain like last year. Others noted that the streets were emptier and that the stores shuttered a little bit earlier, too.
There were several shoppers in the streets, but the thinner crowd was noticeable. Calnan said that she doesn’t know “how many people come precisely” but still affirms, “it’s a busy night.”
And although the original FNO began in the Big Apple, New Yorkers still held it down in droves and made comparisons between the two events.
“I can’t make it to fashion week in New York, so I decided to come here,” junior Cole Scotti, physician assistant major and native New Yorker said. “New York definitely has lot more people…there are a lot more fashionable people in New York too. But D.C. is, of course, a fashionable city.”
Freshman Rhea Benn, a public relations major, and her friends agreed.
“Compared to New York, it’s very chill. You can actually walk in the streets! It’s very laid back.”
Despite the crowd concerns, FNO was a great way for everyone to show off their personal style and add a few pieces to their collections for the upcoming fall/winter seasons.
“It’s great to see the fashionable side of D.C. shine and that’s why I look forward to FNO every year. I mean, where else can I rock a pair of American flag flip-up glasses, a white skinny tie and a vintage bomber jacket?!” FNO Georgetown Host Committee member and HOT 99.5 FM radio personality Samy K said in a press release.
“It’s nice seeing the different fashion and all of the different styles,” freshman Francine Kamara, a political science major, said.