The biannual fashion weeks are almost upon us so I thought I'd share a low down of the key facts and features of each of them. They are the biggest events in the fashion calendars and are attended by celebrities, buyers, journalists and bloggers, all hoping to catch a glimpse of the upcoming trends and prints.
Essentially, the fashion weeks are designer ready-to-wear shows held twice a year in Milan, Paris, New York and London. They enable leading designers to showcase their collections for the next season. So the Fashion Weeks this month will show the designers ranges for AW15. They consist of runway shows & static exhibitions in prestigious locations across the cities.
Having attended London Fashion Week twice in recent years, I can honestly say that it's a wonderful experience and it it has such a buzz about the place. The Fashion Weeks used to be very exclusive, and although they are still invitation only and very hard to get into, they are now streamed live online, allowing the wider world to see the shows too. I personally think it's a good thing that they've become much more accessible, as it enables everyone who has an interest in fashion to have the chance to see the next season's designs.
The value of the shows is as much about international publicity as it is about selling the designer’s collections now. If you want more information about the shows/ designers then www.style.com is a good website to look at.
The traditional order is: New York - London – Milan – Paris
New York Fashion Week
Dates: 12-19th February 2015
New York Fashion Week first started in 1943, and was designed to attract attention away from French fashion during World War II, when fashion industry insiders were unable to travel to Paris to see the French fashion shows. New York Fashion Week is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz and is held in Damrosch Park. IMG have not renewed their contract this year so this one (Feb 2015) will be the last one held there. The designers and clothes showcased are generally more classic in style. New York Fashion Week usually shows off home-grown talent.
London Fashion Week
Dates: 20-24th February
London Fashion Week is run by the British Fashion Council and sponsored by Vodafone. The event first took place in 1984 and runs over 5 days, followed by London Fashion Weekend, which is more retail-focused and open to the general public. The most prestigious events are held at Somerset House, where a large marquee in the central courtyard hosts a series of catwalk shows by top designers and fashion houses, and an exhibition, housed within Somerset House itself, shows over 150 designers. However, many "off-schedule" events, such as Vauxhall Fashion Scout and On|Off, are organised by other private-funded groups and take place at other venues in central London. London Fashion Week is known for edgier, more rebellious designers such as: Erdem, Henry Holland and Gareth Pugh.
Milan Fashion Week
Dates: 25th February - 3rd March 2015
Milan Fashion Week is a 6 day event that was first established in 1958. Milan Fashion Week is owned by Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (The National Chamber for Italian Fashion), a non-profit association which disciplines, co-ordinates and promotes the development of Italian fashion. It typically shows more glamorous and luxurious fashions.
Paris Fashion Week
Dates: 4th March- 11th March 2015
Paris Fashion Week dates are determined by the French Fashion Federation. It first started in 1973. Currently, Paris Fashion Week is held in the Carrousel du Louvre, as well as at various other venues throughout the city. French design is characterised by clarity of silhouette and complexity of cut. It showcases a Haute Couture (Valentino, Versace, Chanel, Dior, Lacroix, Givenchy, Balmain, Balenciaga, Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent) collections show in Paris after the Pret-a-Porter (ready to wear) events.
What do you think about the fashion weeks?
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