“Every year the women of New York leave the past and look forward to the future … this is known as fashion week” – Carrie Bradshaw.
Twice a year the four major fashion capitals, New York, London, Milan and Paris play host to fashion week, each with their own unique qualities.
As so much goes on over the month long performance, here is a break down of what to expect from each of the host cities.
New York – 4 to 11 September
New York, the city that never sleeps. Home of Broadway, Studio 54 and American Vogue, kick-start’s the fashion week quartet. So what can we expect?
NY is home to the more commercial and classic styles from brands such as Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Donna Karen (DKNY). But a stateside showcase wouldn’t be complete without a little outlandishness from 73-year-old Betsey Johnson, who is renowned for his use of colour and playful textures.
Three word description: Classic. Confident. Cool.
London – 12 to 16 September
Alexander McQueen synopsised British fashion in the best way possible, “British fashion is self confident and fearless. It refuses to bow to commerce, thus generating a constant flow of new ideas whilst drawing in British heritage”.
London is the one city that everyone looks to as the epicentre for emerging and established eccentric talent. As the old and new intertwine their fresh ideas, here’s who to look out for.
Vivienne Westwood – Red Label
British at its best
House of Holland
For the first time in London Fashion Week history red carpet gown designers, Marchesa are showcasing at the capital, making it one to look out for.
Three word description: Eclectic. Eccentric. Established.
Milan – 17 to 22 September
For those amongst us who crave the Italian way of life, then Milan fashion week maybe for you.
Milan fashion plays host to some of the most famous designers and innovative design styles in the fashion sphere.
As legendary houses such as Gucci, Fendi, Prada and Versace present their latest wears for all to see. Why not have a look at some more recent but well-established brands like Dsquared2 and a reinvented Moschino who on their last show paved the way for one of the biggest trends this autumn, food.
Three word description: Sleek. Sophisticated. Sexy.
Paris– 23 to 1 October
Paris to some is the home of fashion, with some of the greats such as Chanel, Lanvin and Yves Saint Laurent coming out of its bountiful walls.
But now Paris has opened his fashionable confides to the world’s greats, Issey Miyake, Viktor & Rolf, Miu Miu and Britain’s own Alexander McQueen.
Paris fashion week takes all the elements from the previous weeks and rolls it into one giant fashion feast. As it takes the classic designers like Dior and Balenciaga, and places them next to the fashion’s more adventurous artists such as Rick Owens and John Galliano.
Paris fashion week is the fashion equivalent to a pick & mix, there is something for everyone and is the perfect way to end a fashion-frenzied month.
Three word description: Daring. Dynamic. Dangerous.