A return to the runway for Fashion’s Night Out

Local retailers will put their best fashion foot forward on Sept.. 6 at the town’s third annual Fashion’s Night Out event, taking place on Greenwich Avenue.

The event, celebrated worldwide, was created in 2009 in New York City, as part of a partnership with Vogue Magazine and the Council of Fashion Designers of America, to boost local economies by exhibiting a fashion show featuring clothing from local retailers brought a fashion show to Greenwich Avenue last year and this year the plan is to do the same as the centerpiece of an evening full of festivities.

At a press conference held outside Greenwich Avenue’s Saks Fifth Avenue last week announcing this year’s fashion show, the store’s director of marketing, Geri Corrigan, praised the event for uniting the local business community.

First Selectman Peter Tesei, who will be serving as Honorary Chairman of the event, agreed, saying “The town is delighted to support [Fashion’s Night Out] once again. It really is a wonderful opportunity for our community to showcase the finest retailers in our town and all the best that they have to offer.”

Mr. Tesei said he hopes to see the event grow bigger and better each year, adding, “The Greenwich brand is one that’s known around the world and certainly this reinforces that brand not only here in the metro area but outside of Greenwich. This is an international event.”

According to Ms. Corrigan, Fashion’s Night Out in Greenwich is a great way to kick-off the fall fashion season, allowing local retailers to showcase their newest collections, featuring everything from children’s wear to evening gowns.

The highlight of the event is, of course, the red carpet runway show down Greenwich Avenue, but the action can also be found at the after-parties, Ms. Corrigan said.

A number of participating businesses stay open late after the show, providing food tastings, live music, makeovers and more to anyone who wants to partake in the festivities, she explained.

Ms. Corrigan said she anticipates another successful Fashion’s Night Out this year, and hopes to have at least 50 models working the runway, as was the case at last year’s show.

Thankfully, Mr. Tesei’s support has been unwavering, she added. In fact, it was his idea to close down the avenue for the event.

Looking forward, Ms. Corrigan said she hopes to expand the show in years to come and is optimistic that it will happen.

Fashion’s Night Out “really showcases what Greenwich has to offer,” she said.

The event takes place Thursday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m. Greenwich Avenue from Lewis Court to Elm Street will be closed for the evening. The event will force the temporary closure of Greenwich Avenue, just as it did last year. This morning, Aug. 23, the Board of Selectmen will be considering the request for the closure of the Avenue between Lewis Street and Elm Street between the hours of 5 and 9 p.m. The selectmen will take up the request at their 10 a.m. meeting in the Town Hall Meeting Room and while nothing is official, Mr. Tesei’s role in the event and the fact that they did this last year makes approval extremely likely.

For more information, contact Geri Corrigan at [email protected] or 203-862-5308.


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