Fashion Week in Review

Posted: February 20, 2011 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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Rag & Bone Fall 2011

New York, London, Milan and Paris. The four major fashion capitals of the world are each hosts to one of the major fashion weeks. It makes you wonder, what’s the difference? Is London Fashion Week only for British designers, or New York just for American designers? Well, that’s not the case. Designers often choose to show outside of their country.

Each city is known for its incredible style and vibrancy, yet each style is representative of the city’s identity. New York and London are known for their youthful exuberance and creativity. Many young American designers choose to show in New York because that’s where their scene is as well as all their factories and production. New York is known for wild and adventurous style, bold colors, and very put together looks.

London is always referred to as being the trendiest of the four cities. This statement might sound broad, but when you take a look at British fashion, it all makes sense. For example, designers like Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, and Vivienne Westwood all testify to the power of innovation and creativity. And from spending some time in London, you immediately get that whiff of freshness; people just do not seem to mind what the next person is doing. Everyone seems to be into their style, with no apologies. In that context, it only makes sense that individuality thrives. Walking down Oxford Street, you do not encounter mere clones in groups or as New Yorkers like to call “movements”, but people wearing all types of denim, hair that is cut, colored and styled in whichever way. Girls get done up to go to work, go shopping, to go eat… Point being, the Brits have style and they own it.

Paris and Milan are the classics. They’re the oldest in terms of fashion influence, and many of the oldest design houses show there. Paris has always had that air of chic and bourgeoisie sitting side by side its gamine non-fussy look. It’s that Parisian cool people always talk about that makes Paris unique. So naturally, you have houses like Chanel, Dior, and Balenciaga showing in Paris, but it’s also ground for young designers who want to face the toughest crowd, which is not always easy, as Zac Posen learned last season.

And Milan is the home of the Italian big boys such as Armani, Gucci and Versace. Even though it has a strong heritage-based showing, I find Milan to be the least exciting Fashion Week. I love Italian fashion because of the incredible craftsmanship, the wonderful fabrics and unbeatable tailoring. However, in terms of innovation and direction, Italy seems to stay in place and content in its elegance and class.

Now that New York is done, I can say that I was a bit disappointed this season. Not because there weren’t some amazing shows, but there was less newness. Not every season can be a landmark wave-changing season, but I like those, and I wish they were all like that. The best showings so far have come from Marc Jacobs (naturally), Proenza Schouler (love), Rag & Bone (I’m obsessed), Jeremy Scott (superheroes baby), Oscar de la Renta (glam), and Anna Sui (the woman can do no wrong).

Now off to London.

Anna Sui Fall 2011


  1. fashion says:

    informative post.I like this,thanks for sharing.Very nice and

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