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No more free cocktails, fun goodie bags, celebrity sightings, and late-night shopping.

This September, at least in the US, Fashion’s Night Out will be on hiatus for the first time in four years. 

The event was initially launched in 2009, at the height of the recession, to boost New York’s economy. And even celebrities such as Victoria Beckham and Dwyane Wade had been known to stir up crowds with surprise appearances. 

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“Fashion’s Night Out brought great energy, optimism and enthusiasm to the city’s retailers, who make up a thriving part of our economy. We can always count on fashion industry leaders to use their creativity and savvy to benefit New York City — whether they are helping us recover from a national recession, a natural disaster or whatever the next challenge may be,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of the event.

WWD reports that the sponsors, Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and NYC & Co., “made the joint decision to go on hiatus so retailers and designers can focus their budgets on projects that are more in line with their specific objectives, rather than a big event on one night in September.” 

Steven Kolb, chief executive officer of the CFDA, explains, “We are immensely proud of the program and are grateful to all of our partners in fashion and retail. In addition to giving retailers a positive boost, Fashion’s Night Out also served to highlight the incredible economic impact and the millions of jobs that the fashion industry supports.”

Kolb said that the sponsors and retailers now realize that the event does not need to happen once a year. FNO-inspired events with designer appearances and promotions can be held throughout the year. He insists that the success of FNO is not measured by money, although the event did raise $1 million over the past four years for the NYC AIDs Fund. 

FNO will continue being staged in 19 select cities around the world. Countries such as Thailand and the Ukraine will be hosting the event for the first time, while vets, such as Vogue, are in their fifth year as happy hosts.

Check out photos below of FNO in its glory days:

Kim Kardashian with Bonnie Brooks, President of Lord & Taylor, at FNO 2012.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen attend JCPenney and People StyleWatch’s “Miss For a Must” Event at FNO 2011.

Model Petra Nemcova and Stuart Weitzman at FNO 2012.

Dwyane Wade with designers Italo Zucchelli, Francisco Costa, and Virginia Smith of Vogue at FNO 2012.

Totally gonna miss the most stylish block party of the season!