Celebrating Legacy: Four Big Fashion Week on Planet Earth

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Impact of the New York Fashion Week nearly 1 Billion US Dollars to the economy of New York City. And there are “Four Big” fashion weeks on the Planet Earth. Those are the Epicentre of the 2.5 Trillion US Dollars Global Fashion Industry. Would you like to know more about these “Big Fours”?If it’s a Yes, let me present you with a complete guide to the “Global Fashion Industry” and its biggest fashion festivals across the World.

You may and may not be related to fashion as an entrepreneur or a fashion enthusiast. I am not ashamed to tell you that I built my flavour of fashion very recently after my partner influenced me as she is a fashion designer. Even though I had a small dream to be a fashion designer, I gave up it at an early age and switched to media. And still, I love my fashion dreams. It doesn’t matter what your knowledge about the fashion industry, even if you are a pro or a beginner, this is the must-read article to widen your gaze.

During Every Spring and Autumn, the Fashion industry changes their primary collections. In Autumn, they display the next Spring and Summer Collection. In Spring, they display the Next Autumn/Fall and Winter Collection. However, the Spring and Summer Collection is the most important one in every year. To display their Spring/Summer Collections, 4 fashion capitals across the globe mark their fashion festival every year. Every prime fashion brand, every top model and every Top-notch fashion journalist is featured in these four grand festivals.

History of the Fashion Industry

The fashion industry dates back to the early urban civilizations of mankind. So the first ever heard human urban civilizations such as “Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Greece, Rome and Persia” are the most prominent recorded civilizations for sense of fashion and beauty. Jewellery, Fashion Clothing, Accessories, Beauty treatments and care aren’t uncommon among those ancient civilizations at least among Royals and Elite families.

However, the modern fashion industry originated in Renaissance Europe between the 14th century and to 19th century. Elegant and Glamorous artworks spread like wildfire among wealthy elites who could enjoy the excess production and wealth. That demand among the Europeans leads to every trade trend that we see today. So it is safe to say that Europe is the epicentre of the Modern Fashion Industry. Europe is still home to three fashion weeks, out of “Four Big Fashion Weeks” which are “London Fashion Week LFW, Milan Fashion Week MFW and the Oldest and Most Prestigious Fashion week on Planet Earth “Paris Fashion Week PFW”.

Runways

Runway is a popular term primarily in the Aviation industry. However, it is a technical term that is used in the fashion industry as well. A runway is the stage or elevated platform that is used by Fashion Models to make their “Ramp Walk or Catwalk” by female models and “V-Formation” by male models’ Every fashion event including “Big Four” hosts multiple runways that are categorized on various factors. Big Four fashion weeks will host numerous locations and multiple runways at each location throughout their time.

Networking

In addition to the “Big Four Fashion Weeks” hosting runways, they are holding several parties, receptions, gala dinners and social events for networking purposes. It’s the golden opportunity for Fashion Designers, Fashion Companies, Fashion Media, Models, Influencers, Suppliers, Fashion enthusiasts and even investors to meet and greet each other. So networking is the Key to success in the Fashion Industry as much as in any industry. These networking events are opening up exclusive opportunities for industry stakeholders to meet each other. And also is a kind of privilege for everyone to have access to high-performing stakeholders while making a statement about their capabilities. If you meet someone there, both parties know that they are spending some result time with each other for mutual benefit. So, these meetings often end up as strong and long-term growth partnerships.

New York, London, Paris and Milan are the “Four Bigs” of the fashion industry. These cities are hosting annually the greatest fashion festival on Planet Earth. Let’s learn one by one from their fashion events with a little bit of the history and the current glamour that they have to offer.

New York Fashion Week NYFW

  • Spring and Summer Collection: Usually happens in Autumn/Fall days in September
  • Autumn/Fall and Winter Collection: Usually happens in Early Spring. Like February.
  • Started In: 1940s

In 1943 Eleanor Lambert, the fashion industry’s first press director, organized “Press Week” to showcase American designers during World War II when European fashion shows were inaccessible. That’s the formal start of the NYFW legacy, even though we have records of having fashion summits in New York since 1903.

In 1993 the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) established “New York Fashion Week” as a centralized event, incorporating existing shows and attracting more international attention. Between 1994 – 2009 shows and runways were held in a tent at Bryant Park. Afterwards, between 2010 and 2015, Lincoln Center served as the prime venue. Since 2016, fashion shows have been held across various locations in Manhattan, including Skylight Clarkson Square and Spring Studios. Even though New York Fashion Week is a big deal and even US media and fashion leaders rule the Fashion Industry disciplines, still the European summits and vibes are more phenomenal to the US as well.

Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Tory Burch,and Oscar de la Rentaare the dominating brands of the “New York Fashion Week”. While the fashion week is dominated by those brands, the World’s top Fashion Magazine “Vogue” plays a crucial role in the event from the top to bottom.

London Fashion Week

  • Spring and Summer Collection: Usually happens in Autumn/Fall days in September
  • Autumn/Fall and Winter Collection: Usually happens in Early Spring. Like February.
  • Started In: 1980s

When recap the history, London Fashion Week had several key moments that have shaped its identity that we know today. These include the rise of iconic British designers such as Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, and John Galliano, whose groundbreaking shows captured the world’s imagination. British as a nation has a great history of influencing the entire World to adopt their style of dressing. Some cultures even still refuse to allow young people to dress beyond the “Dress Code of Great Queen Victoria”. So some British Colonies adopted back in the day British dress traditions as their own cultural identity. For example, some South Asian countries don’t welcome young people who try sexy dresses as they unconsciously follow the traditions and dress codes of the Great Victorian Style. So, Great Britain and “London Fashion Week” must have an inherited right to display their masterpieces.

London Fashion Week is characterized by the presence of several top brands that consistently lead the event with their innovative designs and influential runway presentations. Among these brands, Burberry stands out with its iconic British heritage and modern aesthetic, often showcasing timeless trench coats alongside contemporary pieces. Alexander McQueen captivates audiences with its avant-garde and theatrical runway shows, showcasing craftsmanship and dark romanticism. Victoria Beckham’s eponymous label offers sleek and sophisticated designs, blending modernity with timeless elegance. Molly Goddard presents whimsical and exaggerated silhouettes, featuring colourful tulle dresses and experimental designs. Roksanda impresses with bold use of colour and architectural shapes, while Simone Rocha enchants with romantic and ethereal collections, incorporating delicate embellishments and intricate lacework. Christopher Kane pushes boundaries with innovative materials and youthful energy, making each brand a standout in London’s diverse fashion landscape.

Milan Fashion Week

  • Spring and Summer Collection: Usually happens in Autumn/Fall days in September / October
  • Autumn/Fall and Winter Collection: Usually happens in Early Spring. Like February / March
  • Started In: 1950s

Italian Fashion Capital home to some of the “TOP” fashion brands that ever created on planet Earth, hosts yearly “Milan Fashion Week”. Gucci, Prada, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Fendi, and Bottega Veneta are among those super famous Italian fashion brands that are known to everyone whether they are aware of fashion and beauty trends.

Milan Fashion Week (Settimana della moda) is one of the most prestigious events and a member of the “Four Bigs” in the fashion industry, showcasing the latest collections from Italian and international designers. Its history dates back to the early 1950s, making it one of the oldest fashion weeks in the world. New York Fashion Week was even created when they had access to European fashion supplies back in the day during the World Wars. Then, you can realize how much influence the Italian fashion industry had even in those days.

The exact date of the first Milan Fashion Week can be traced back to 1958 when the event was organized for the first time by the National Chamber for Italian Fashion (Camera Nazionale Della Moda Italian). The purpose was to promote Italian fashion and establish Milan as a global fashion capital alongside Paris. Because “Milan” is the home of the “First ever modern kind Luxury Shopping mall on Planet Earth’, it is also a venue and hosts many luxury fashion brand showrooms.

Renowned Italian fashion houses such as Versace, Prada, Gucci, and Armani are dominating their collections on runways. The event typically takes place twice a year. Over the years, Milan Fashion Week has evolved into a highly anticipated event, attracting designers, buyers, celebrities, and fashion enthusiasts from around the world.

Paris Fashion Week

  • Spring and Summer Collection: Usually happens in Autumn/Fall days in September / October
  • Autumn/Fall and Winter Collection: Usually happens in Early Spring. Like February / March
  • Started In: the 19th Century and became the “Oldest and most vibrant fashion summit on Planet Earth”

“While the modern structure of Paris Fashion Week, as we know it today, began to take shape in the 1970s, its origins can be traced back to the establishment of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in 1868. This organization regulated the Parisian fashion industry and organized events to showcase haute couture designs. Paris, along with Milan, is home to some of the pioneer fashion brands, making it an icon of luxury fashion and beauty since the early ages. As a result, every stakeholder in the fashion industry considers ‘Paris Fashion Week’ to be the ultimate celebration of fashion.” If you are doing a business related to the Fashion Industry, your final goal would be featured on “Paris Fashion Week” as a brand or a key figure.

Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Balmain, Celine, Hermèsand Valentinoare among the dominating brands of the “Paris Fashion Week”. This event shapes the next two seasons’ top-selling designs across the World.

Fashion Media

Vogue is the prime industry-dominated Fashion media outlet all the time. Started in 1892 and since then, they have fueled the fashion industry even in the era of social media today. InStyle, BoF, Harper Brazia, WWD, Elle, Grazia and Fashion TV are among the top media outlets that are dedicated to the fashion industry. In addition to those full-time fashion media outlets, The New York Times, Forbes, Bloomberg and Time magazine are also dedicating their attention to analysing the World Fashion Industry.

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