Fashion Week Trivia

All aspiring fashionistas must know their fashion facts inside & out! As you know, New York Fashion week is one of those most important events in fashion. Over the years designers, models & media have created a phenomenon that is so nice we celebrate it twice a year! here are some interesting fashion trivia facts that you just might find interesting.

See you on the runway!

1) About 40 fashion weeks are held in different cities around the world every year. But the Big Four are in New York, London, Milan and Paris, and they are the most prestigious. Smaller fests are found in countries as far-flung as Croatia, Pakistan and Iran.

2) Each of the Big Four holds two shows a year – the fall/winter collections from February and the spring/summer collections from September. The shows are timed ahead of the actual season so that buyers can place their orders and have them arrive at stores in time for the season. It also gives fashion magazines time to drum up breathless editorials to hail the arrival of the season’s must-have items.

3) The Big Four always take place in this order: New York, London, Milan and Paris.

4) Each festival has more than 100 events, including runway shows, charity events, gala dinners and accessory showcases. The big designer names will show during the main week, while most smaller and mass labels will show before or after that.

5) New York Fashion Week is the oldest, having been inaugurated in 1943 by fashion publicist Elenor Lamber who wanted to give American designers a chance to showcase their works and to draw attention away from fashion-stalwart Paris. The newest of the four is London.

6 ) Fashion Weeks started out as trade-only events that were open to buyers and manufacturers. But over the years, they have become glamorous entertainment and media events, attracting celebrities to its hallowed front rows.

7) Each of the Big Four is known for championing different styles – New York for sportswear; London for edgy, avant-garde design; Milan for its over-the-top yet stylish looks; and Paris for haute couture.

8) Fashion Weeks are as much about dictating clothing trends as they are about the latest in accessories (shoes, bags, jewelry, hats) and make-up.

9) Some designers show at the same city year after year, while others hop among the Big Four.

10) Runway shows usually last from 15 to 20 minutes, although the waiting time for a show to start can run up to two hours – as was the case at the Marc Jacobs spring/summer 2008 show in New York last season.

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8 responses to “Fashion Week Trivia

  1. AHH I’M SO EXCITEDDDD!I’m going to the exhibit on Sunday!! I’m going between Noon and 3 ish, then my friends and I will hed over to Bryant Park just to see what everything is like on the outside–since we can’t get in ;[.

  2. I think I saw you tonight at Victorya’s Fashion show. Or, someone who looked like you with short hair.I’m going to the exhibit tomorrow morning.

  3. Remember last year’s milian fashion week? Sigh Such gorgeous diamonds, hopefully they will do something simuliar again soon. I loved it.

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