Vogue Fashion's Night Out in the City

On Thursday evening I joined Vogue Australia editor-in-chief Edwina McCann, Westfield's Robert Jordan and the tens of thousands of people who flooded into the city centre for the annual Vogue Fashion Night Out - a night of celebration, entertainment and shopping.

Singer Jessica Mauboy, musician and songwriter Megan Washington, and The Voice contestants Sarah de Bono and Emma Birdsall performed for crowds of people who were out in force to support more than 600 retailers taking part in the event.

Pop-up runways and fashion shows, parties and giveaways gave the night some great excitement. Cities in more than 19 countries will be taking part in Vogue Fashion's Night Out, including fashion capitals like New York, Paris, Milan, London and Tokyo.

As part of our support for business, the City of Sydney is a sponsor of Vogue Fashion's Night Out, which is now in its third year.

Vogue Fashion's Night Out is part of Sydney is Fashion - a City of Sydney initiative that continues through to October.

Other events include an exhibition, Woollen Yarns, at Customs House, and a series of talks about Sydney's fashion history that link with the NSW History Council's fashion-focused 2012 History Week, called Threads.

Fashion design, manufacturing and retail businesses strengthen our economy and provide thousands of jobs - that's why the City is committed to supporting them through difficult times. We know that when economic conditions are challenging at the moment - retailers needs to give people extra reasons to shop and Vogue's event has proved to be a hit.

All this is coupled with our work to improve the city centre including the recent redevelopment of Pitt Street Mall and new paving, street trees and plantings across the city.

As the heart of the inner city's shopping precinct, Pitt Street Mall is home to major international retailers and department stores. We have seen the number of people using Pitt Street Mall grow since the redevelopment, helping to maintain its position as one of Australia's premium shopping precincts.

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