Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon Interviews HBIC Anna Wintour

Fashion’s Night Out is just around the corner and this year’s ceremony is set to be bigger than the last. Opening Ceremony’s founder Humberto Leon talks to the founder of FNO herself, Anna Wintour:

Humberto Leon: What’s new for Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) this year?
Anna Wintour: This year we have a CBS documentary on the making of the event, and we’re staging the largest public fashion show in New York’s history with some of the world’s top models. It will be a carnival-style celebration like last year, only bigger and better, with more cities and retailers participating.

HL: How can FNO achieve the same impact abroad as it has in NY?
AW: Last year, many cities had very successful celebrations. The fact that 3 more countries have decided to join in is a testament to last year’s success. At its core, FNO is a celebration of fashion, and each city knows best how to tailor the event to suit the needs of its culture. But what’s interesting is the transactional element – stores are taking the creative initiative to draw consumers in. Each city is responsible for thinking outside the box to create that unique environment and connect shoppers with fashion on a whole different level.

HL: What is a change you’ve seen in the fashion industry since the first FNO?
AW: I believe consumer confidence is being restored. People are out there shopping again without the level of guilt or concern of the previous year. Also, it’s built community amongst designers and retailers, both competitors and otherwise, and brought together all aspects of American culture and arts, which is an exciting aspect in and of itself. It’s a time of the year when fashion cities around the world are united in a cause, which is wonderful.

Read the rest of the interview here.

Fashion’s Night Out will take place September 10th in NYC.


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