everything you need to know about fashion week

With New York Fashion Week about halfway done, I thought I would share some interesting facts about designers, shows, and Fashion Month in general that I've picked up with my frantic Googling and YouTubing.
everything you need to know about fashion week
The Basics
  • Fashion Month occurs 2 times a year, in Feb/Mar, and Sept/Oct. 
  • There are 4 major fashion weeks, New York (Sept 9-17), London (Sept 18-22), Milan (Sept 23-28), and Paris (Sept 29 - Oct 7). These make up Fashion Month.  
  • A fashion "week" can range from 5-10 days, including weekends.
  • The clothes shown are 6 months ahead, meaning this fashion week is for SS16 - Spring/Summer 2016. 
  • Shows are typically 10-20 minutes long.
  • Sitting in the front row means a lot
  • Most shows are by invitation only, though this year Givenchy held a raffle and made theirs open to the public. 
  • Street style photos are everywhere! Literally, everywhere. 
  • 30-40 models will walk one at a time, and at the end, will "parade" one after the other. If you're short on time, watch the last 2 minutes. 
  • The designer will come out and thank the crowd at the end. The style varies, some walk alone, some with muses. Betsey Johnson is known for doing cartwheels!
NYFW is the week I know the most about, so I thought I'd share some facts specific to it:

New York Fashion Week
  • $865 million was generated from NYFW this year, which is more than last year's Super Bowl, and US Open!
  • More than 200,000 people work in the fashion industry, representing 6% of workers in NY. 
  • NYFW was first started by Eleanor Lambert in 1942, though it was called Fashion Press Week then. Paris was the only place for haute couture, and American designers weren't given as much press as their French counterparts, so Press Week was a way to take change the dynamics. 
  • The white tents have moved several times - Bryant Park, Lincoln Center, and finally, Skylight at Moynihan Station in Midtown and Skylight Clarkson Square in SoHo. 
by Garance Doré

Notable Shows and News
  • Pretty much every Chanel show has been amazing. I especially loved their grocery store (FW14), and feminist protest (SS15). 
  • Thom Browne had an amazing garden party runway show (SS15), with models on stilts!
  • Louis Vuitton created an amazing merry go round show (SS12), that Chanel later used as well, though theirs was more of a glam feel. LV's show fit in perfectly with their ads during that time, which I literally spent ages trying to find!  
  • Kanye West is coming back for a second year at NYFW. Admittedly, I'm wasn't a huge fan of his collection last year, and I'm not sure I really like the idea of him taking up a slot that could be used by serious designers. I'm also a little eh about Kendall modeling, as it's a very competitive field, and I don't think she truly has the looks to be a model. 
  • American Horror Story actress Jamie Brewer becomes the first model with Down Syndrome to walk in Carrie Hammer's SS15 show. I really loved that show, as Hammer didn't use "traditional" models for her collection, instead focusing on real women. 

Shows To Watch This Year
Check here for NYFW replays!

All dates and times are in their local format, and livestream links will be added if I can find them!

I hope this was helpful to anyone wishing they knew more about Fashion Month, or at least interesting to everyone else!

Do you follow fashion month? Who are your favorite designers? What's something surprising about NYFW?




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