If you like your words minced, chances are you probably can’t stomach Cathy Horyn‘s blog entries at On The Runway, where this morning she took an explicitly clear stance on Fashion’s Night Out. This year, Cathy is not a fan.
In fact, she more or less reduced the entire affair to an unnecessarily repetitive blight on the city of New York. The adjective “madness” is used, and it is implied that the event’s organizers (cough, Anna Wintour, Michael Bloomberg, cough) might be out of touch with the concerns of “ordinary people in other regions of this country and the world.”
Doth Miss Horyn protest too much? Well, actually, she makes a pretty good point:
F.N.O. was a good idea when it began, back in the depths of the recession when stores were virtually empty. But now it’s become a party, an institutionalized kickoff to Fashion Week, and though it apparently raises money for some causes, I have to believe that the costs of security, crowd control and entertainment, not to mention the traffic headaches, outweigh the actual benefits.
And it’s not as if the city’s retail industry needs a boost, as it did in 2009, when a lot of small stores closed. In fact, many retailers are having an excellent year, with Macy’s, Ralph Lauren, Kohl’s and Nordstrom announcing that they plan to raise profit outlooks.
So why the party? To celebrate raised profit outlooks, of course!
Oh Cathy. Thank you for saying what everyone who has to cover Fashion’s Night Out for a publication (as opposed to just bopping around to a few stores for fun) has been thinking for the past year: Enough is enough.
It’s a Street Party (or Fashion’s Night Out) [On the Runway]