What is a “Fashion Week”?

Every 6 months I see images on social media tagged #NYFW or #LFW etc.  obviously knowing that these hashtags stand for “New York Fashion Week” or  “London Fashion Week”. I also know that Paris Fashion Week comes straight after Milan, which follows London, but why are these dates so special? As embarrassing as it is to admit this, for a long time I didn’t understand what a fashion week was and for those of you who biannually find yourself in the same situation , here is the answer:

A fashion week is the time when the fashion industry stages runway shows for designers, brands or ‘houses’ to display their latest collections. The media takes a big part in this, spreading the word of what’s ‘in’ and ‘out’ of the upcoming season. So currently London Fashion Week is taking place and it will be ending on the 24th of February. Designers, old and new, are showing off their AW15 collections.

It’s important to note that fashion weeks have been around for a long time, with the first fashion week being held back in 1945. Americans felt that they relied too much on the French fashion industry for inspiration and as travel was limited in the time of war, New York held its first fashion week. Back then, it was called “Press Week” and it showcased American designers for the first time. From then on, Vogue started featuring more and more American designers and that is how the whole concept went international.

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  1. Anon
    February 22, 2015 / 5:17 pm

    I’m sorry babe, don’t mean to be rude but it’s AW15 fashion week on now now SS

    • deedoorknobs
      February 24, 2015 / 1:24 am

      oh dear, you are absolutely right!!! I got mixed up because I was thinking about SS15 trends when I was writing this blog. Thank you for letting me know xxx

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