Fashion Week Around the World….what’s it all about?
A fashion week is a fashion industry event, lasting approximately one week, which allows fashion designers, brands or “houses” to display their latest collections in runway shows and buyers and the media to take a look at the latest trends. Most importantly, these events let the industry know what’s “in” and what’s “out” for the season. The most prominent fashion weeks are held in the four fashion capitals of the world: New York City, London, Milan, and Paris. Some other important fashion weeks in the world are held in Jakarta, Berlin, Barcelona, Seoul, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Los Angeles, Lodz, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Singapore, Toronto, Madrid.
In the major fashion capitals, fashion weeks are semiannual events. January through April designers showcase their autumn and winter collections and September through November the spring/summer collections are shown. Fashion weeks must be held several months in advance of the season to allow the press and buyers a chance to preview fashion designs for the following season. This is also to allow time for retailers to arrange to purchase or incorporate the designers into their retail marketing. Latest innovations in dress designs are showcased by renowned fashion designers during these fashion weeks, and all these latest collections are covered in magazines such as designerzcentral and Vogue.
New York City, London, Milan, and Paris (Paris is where Francisco Lachowski lives) each host a fashion week twice a year with New York beginning each season and the other cities following in the aforementioned order.
There are two major seasons per year – Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer. For womenswear, the Autumn/Winter shows always start in New York in February and end in Paris in March. Spring/Summer shows start in New York in September and end in Paris in October. Menswear Autumn/Winter shows start in January in Milan for typically less than a week followed by another short week in Paris. Menswear Spring/Summer shows are done in June. Womenswear haute couture shows typically happen in Paris a week after the Menswear Paris shows.
Enjoy some videos from Fashion Week below. Most of the videos feature Francisco Lachowski and include some of Justin Wu’s famous Fashion Week Lip-Sync videos.