Like most fashion-addicted Washingtonians, I was incredibly disappointed to hear that the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) canceled Fashion’s Night Out – the industry’s annual version of a fashion block-party that brought high-end stores and designers together for a weekend of stylish events. Though its original purpose was to drive sales and increase exposure when the economy was in dire straits back in 2009, the question of whether or not anyone's actually making money during Fashion's Night Out is always under debate.
Lately, designers are spending so much money hosting the events (an expense which often falls within days of spring shows and presentations) that sponsors Vogue, the CFDA, and NYC & Co. have decided to call it quits, at least for now, letting designers focus on the stuff that really matters rather than blow it all on one big party that aren’t generating much income. Refinery29 reports
Thankfully, the Georgetown Business Improvement District stepped in and organized an entire fashion filled weekend, similar to the ever-popular FNO. This event boasts to be full of shows, soirees, and sales – one thing FNO often lacked. Trunk shows, popular blogger hosted parties, red carpet shopping experiences, and a host of art inspired events are sure to make this three-day affair, named FAD (Fashion, Art & Design) an exciting alternative for its reputable predecessor.