If you are a fashion lover or part of the fashion industry you have to stay tuned and give special attention to the best & most well-known fashion events around the world. From runways to trade shows, these events not only will keep you updated with what’s new in the industry but will also take you on an incredible journey.
Fashion designers, brands, or stylists are the fashion events’ organizers. They showcase their upcoming collection of clothing and/or accessories. Basically, we can see their newest works. They also give us a hint of what can we expect from the industry in the following time.
We know that fashion events offer us a full agenda throughout the year. But which shows are the most important in a way that you can’t miss them? Don’t worry, we’re gonna tell you the top 5 fashion events that you have to follow closely!
New York Fashion Week
New York Fashion Week is a fashion event that takes place twice a year: in February and September, in our beloved New York City. The event is considered to be one of the four major fashion weeks in the world. It goes next to London, Milan, and Paris, also known as the “Big Four”– but don’t worry we will also talk about them in this post.
Some of the world’s biggest fashion brands attend this event, such as Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Diane Von Furstenberg, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, Brooks Brothers, Alexander Wang, and many more.
NYC Fashion Week started in the early 1940s and was the pioneer of fashion events worldwide. The purpose of the event was to showcase American fashions which ordinarily played a secondary role in French designs.
And we can’t forget: it’s in NYFW’s agenda that our Fashinnovation Worldwide Talks sets foot. Since 2018, Fashinnovation hosts a day where leaders gather from both the fashion & technology industries from all around the world to connect with one another and come up with inspiring and innovative ideas to solve our industry’s issues in a creative way.
London Fashion Week
London Fashion Week is the youngest and the shortest of the Big Four. It lasts for 5 days and always happens right after NYFW.
Known to have a fearless and imaginative mood, the prestigious English fashion event started in 1983, with the creation of the British Fashion Council (BFC). Brands such as Burberry, Victoria Beckham, and also some novelties and not so well-known British brands go into the spotlight of the catwalks during the event days.
Paris Fashion Week
Paris Fashion Week is a bi-annual event that takes place in the romantic and exciting city of Paris in France. It takes place in February and September each year and brings out the newest designs and works from some of the biggest brands in the world, including Chanel, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Nina Ricci, Valentino, and many more.
The fashion event is famous for its refined craftsmanship and showcases collections from brands that work with the four seasons. February takes care of the Spring to Summer collections and Setember, of the Fall to Winter.
Paris Fashion Week premiere was on November 28, 1973. The founder of New York Fashion Week, Eleanor Lambert, was the supervisor. The French part of the Big Four was the first to showcase collections of Haute Couture, prêt-à-porter (“Ready to wear”), and menswear together in Paris.
Milan Fashion Week
The Italian side of the Big Four also happens twice a year. Milan Fashion Week is known for its sex appeal and extravaganza. The Spring/Summer Show Event is held in September or October and the Fall/Winter in February or March.
Inspired by Eleanor Lambert, Giovanni Battista Giorgini created Milan Fashion Week. It all began with a series of fashion shows at Palazzo Pitti, in Florence. Thanks to him, the fashion event gained international legitimacy. With time, it started growing a lot and overcrowding Florence. Because of that, the shows moved to Milan and in 1976, the first Fashion Week took place.
Tokyo Fashion Week
Oriental fashion is incredible, unique, and has been gaining – deservedly – more and more spotlight and success. Hosted by the Japan Fashion Week Organization, Tokyo Fashion Week show the best of Japanese street-style, luxury clothing, and trends.
The fashion event is bi-annual, held in March and October. This event has been growing a lot since 2005. Now, It is focused on becoming the fifth element on the Big Four. Creating then the “Big Five”.
Shanghai Fashion Week
Shanghai Fashion Week, just like the others we’ve talked about, takes place twice a year in Shanghai, China. As Vogue said, the future of fashion shows is changing. So, to know what we can expect of it in the future, you must take a look closely at the Chinese edition.
It’s part of the Shanghai International Fashion Culture Festival, which usually lasts for an entire month.
The first edition of SFW took place in 2001. The Ministry of Commerce was the supporter of the event. Now, the Shanghai Municipal Government presents it. The event embraces business and culture in one single place.
CFDA Fashion Awards
The CFDA Fashion Awards are considered as the Oscars of Fashion. The fashion event organized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. It takes place in the Big Apple and honors the excellence of fashion designs from America.
The first awards given by the Association were in 1984 with a Lifetime Achievement Award to stylist James Galanos. Subsequently, different award categories were defined and then standardized towards the end of the 1990s.
This year CFDA launched IMPACT, a new, multi-faceted initiative to create opportunities for historically underrepresented and unsupported communities in fashion.
The council stated that Black Lives Matter movement inspired the platform. This initiative takes action and creates sustainable change against the social and economic marginalization of Black people. IMPACT addresses the decades-long system of exclusion of Black talent in the industry. Their goal is to create a blueprint for other industries to follow.
The MET Gala is all about glamour, fashion, celebrities, and beautiful clothes on a red carpet. The iconic fashion event also known as the Met Ball. It is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, in NYC.
MET Gala’s first edition took place in 1948. It was exclusively focused on raising funds for the museum. But the event grew so much that now it’s one of the most expected fashion events in the world, placing fashion as contemporary art.
Pitti Immagine Uomo
Last but not least we have Pitti Immagine Uomo. Even though we are talking about it just at the end of this post, this Italian event is the one to open the fashion calendar with every year.
Pitti Uomo highlights men’s clothing and accessories collections from the best international designers twice a year. It’s the reference for buyers worldwide who want to ensure the Made in Italy quality.
This fashion event began back in the 1950s when Florentine artisan tailors began growing on the internal scene. Pitti Uomo was called First Italian High Fashion Show and was dedicated exclusively to women’s fashion.
By Júlia Vilaça