Tomorrow, September 11, 2014, marks the end of Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week where, for the past week, designers have been sending their looks for Spring/ Summer 2015 down the runway, beginning with Coach and Tome on September 4. In what has become something of a recent custom, Marc Jacobs’s will conclude the New York shows at the Seventh Regiment Armory before the world’s fashion editors, stylists, models and celebrities reposition to the UK for London Fashion Week. Then, it’s onto Milan, which will be followed by Paris. Collectively, the runway shows in these four major cities form what is known as “Fashion Month.”
Although, traditionally, New York, London, Milan and Paris were considered the fashion capitals of the world, being that they are home to the majority of major fashion houses, other world cities have been catching on in recent years, tacking on their own fashion weeks to this important time of year and bringing more awareness to their homegrown talent.
Most runway shows are exclusive and can be attended by invitation only. To get on the ubiquitous front row, one must be a celebrity or prominent fashion editor; from there, ranking descends with each row back. Occasionally, tickets can be won at high-end charity auctions but, let’s face it, the majority of us won’t ever get the opportunity to experience fashion week firsthand. However, thanks to the rise of live-streaming and social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram, it’s easier than ever to watch your favorite designers unveil their latest designs in real time. Besides, just think: with over 100 designers showcasing at NYFW alone, even the most influential fashion editor can’t attend them all. That said, if you want to get caught up in the excitement firsthand, look out for fashion-related pop-up activities that have become an increasing part of fashion week. In London, for example, visitors and general consumers can check out fashion-related museums exhibits, attend style seminars, and more..
To make sure you’re always in step with the latest shows, below we present a handy calendar for this year’s couture sprint. Celebrity cruisers whose vacations to Europe, Asia and Australia will take them to these major fashion cities during Fashion Week, might want to look into how they can get in on a piece of the action. For cruisers not headed to London, Milan or Paris, not to fret! Starting Oct. 14, Celebrity Cruises will become the first cruise line to offer Kate Spade, Cole Haan and Furla onboard the Celebrity Reflection, with Diane von Furstenberg, Trina Turk, Joseph Ribkoff Noir, Spartina and Hugo Boss Green (for the gentlemen) to follow in early 2015.
September 4-11: New York Fashion Week
September 12-16: London Fashion Week (schedule)
September 17-23: Milan Fashion Week (schedule)
September 23-October 1: Paris Fashion Week (schedule)
And later on…
September 24-27: Sydney Fashion Week
October 13-18: Istanbul Fashion Week
October 13-18: Tokyo Fashion Week
October 20-24: Toronto Fashion Week
October 23-27: Moscow Fashion Week
November 12-15: Zurich Fashion Week