Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta, Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour and Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Executive Director Steven Kolb have announced plans to launch a new retail initiative in which fashion retailers in New York City’s five boroughs will stay open until 11 pm and host in-store events on the first night of Fashion Week.

Dubbed “Fashion’s Night Out,” the initiative has already drawn 100 retailers and is said to be part of the Administration’s "Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan" to create jobs for New Yorkers, implement a vision for long-term economic growth, and build affordable and attractive neighborhoods.

“New York City’s fashion and retail industry is a vital part of our local economy, supporting more than 175,000 jobs as seamstresses, sales clerks, delivery drivers and other occupations in apparel design, garment manufacturing, retailing, and other areas,” said NYC Mayor Bloomberg.

“The City is home to some of the world’s most celebrated and diverse designers, and renowned for its vast array of retailers from legendary department stores to the most charming independent boutiques,” added Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour. “Fashion’s Night Out is about protecting this creativity and diversity, reenergizing New York’s fashion and retail community and getting consumers excited about shopping for fall.”