Style School: Facts About Fashion Week


Another Fashion Week has come to an end and we’ve been lusting over gorgeous runway looks and street style snaps all week. We thought it would be fun to share some facts about this iconic week for all you fashionistas to brush up on your fashion knowledge (and whip out the next time you’re at a stylish soiree):

  • Fashion Weeks are as much about dictating clothing trends as they are about the latest in accessories like shoes, bags, jewelry, hats and make-up.
  • The Big Four always take place in this order: New York, London, Milan and Paris.
  • 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 of the smaller and mass labels will show before or after that.
  • Fashion Week was originally called "Press Week" since it was when designers showed off their newest fashions to journalists.
  • In most cases, you can’t buy a ticket to Fashion Week. Typically only industry professionals such as stylists, buyers, high-profile bloggers, editors, and journalists are invited.
  • The average fashion show is only about 10 minutes! Crazy!
  • Each of the Big Four holds two shows a year - the fall/winter collections in February and the spring/summer collections in 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.


What’s your favorite part of Fashion Week every year? Tell us in the comments!

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