The month of September is among us, and that means four whole weeks of fashion packed excitement. I’m talking New York Fashion Week all the way to Paris people. Did someone say, “Très chic?” From the outside, Fashion week seems like an upscale, chaotic series of events that produces impressive street-style photos, exposure for up and coming models, and front rows filled with celeberity eyes peeking through tinted black shades. Just to be clear, none of what was just listed is false (or faux for a more approprate choice of words). Fashion week does entail all of those things, but it’s so much more than that. It’s impossible to know all of the glamourous secrets behind these prestigious weeks without actually attending a show, but there are some in’s and out’s that every beginner in the industry should definitely know.
How Fashion Week Got Started:
• Milan: Milan’s fashion week, “settimana della moda”, was founded in 1958 by the National Chamber for Italian Fashion and they still lead majority of the shows today.
• Paris: Paris has two different forms of fashion weeks, the “haute couture” (high fashion) shows and “prêt-à-porter” (ready to wear) shows. Haute couture shows have been held in Paris since 1945, but
the French Fashion Federation first organized the shows that are seen today in 1973.
• London: London was the first to dub their series of fashion events as “Fashion Week” in 1984. The British Fashion council organized London’s first fashion week and they are still in charge of them today.
• New York: Fashion shows became organized into a specific time and location in 1993, but Fern Mallis.
These events, which are the closest form to the NYFW we have today, were known as “7th on sixth” because of their location. Through the years “7th on sixth” became sponsored by numerous companies such as IMG, Olympus, and the company that title sponsors the event today, Mercedes-Benz. The events are now named “Mercedes- Benz Fashion week.”
What Exactly Is Fashion Week
Fashion week is a semi-annual event, occurring in the Fall and Spring, that allows top designers and brands to showcase their latest work. Fashion week takes place in New York, London, Milan, and Paris (in that order). These events highlight the biggest trends for the upcoming seasons. Not to be confused, the Fall fashion week shows present styles for the Spring and Summer seasons, while the Spring shows put out styles for Fall and Winter.
Who Can Attend A Show
Scoring a seat to a fashion week show mainly depends on your connection to the industry. Getting a golden ticket into one of these eminent events normally means being a buyer, press, a celeb, a prominent industry editor, or notable fashion blogger. There are shows that are open to people who are not in the industry, however you still need tickets and those are hard to come across.
What Does This Early Fall Look Like?
This calendar is credited to Fashion Week Online and shows you the dates for all four of September’s fashion weeks. To find show schedules for specific fashion weeks, visit fashionweekonline.com
With all the excitement surrounding NYFW, we didn't get a chance to talk about Sunday, the 11th. That night, 51 women gathered together for the Miss America Pageant, a place of unity and a little bit of friendly competition. But it was particularly special for one bright-eyed southern belle who swept away the judges and was ultimately crowned Miss America — Savvy Shields.
Now, not only are her friends and family able to brag about her wonderful achievement, but also the entire state of Arkansas, as the last time a woman from the state took the crown was in 1964.
2017 is the year of Savvy!
It’s crazy to think that next year will mark ten years since the first IPhone was released to the public. We all remember the hype that surrounded the first ever touch screen cellular device, and it’s safe to say that as Apple has continued to create IPhone after IPhone, the hype leading up to the release is still as strong as ever. Every time a new apple product is released, it’s dubbed as the “next big thing,” but no Iphone model could’ve possibly prepared you for Apple’s newest, and boldest invention yet. The Iphone 7, in all it’s advanced technology glory, features something no one was expecting... wireless headphones, also known as AirPods.
We were all awaiting a new IPhone with the usual updated camera and intensified screen resolution, but none of us predicted a completely new mode of using headphones. This shocking new invention has
become a controversial topic of discussion. This is mainly because while there are many pros that accompany the new product, there are also numerous cons.accompany the new product, there are also numerous cons. People have taken to social media to share how they feel about the AirPods. The biggest pro’s of the new product seem to be the one tap set up and sync to your IPhone, the comfortable fit in your ear, and the double tap connection to Siri. The main cons of the product are the price at $159, the ability to loose them very easily, and the absence of a headphone jack. Some people are even going as far as saying that the AirPods are a choking hazard for children. With this being said, there have been mixed reactions to Apples new release, but all we can do is wait and see how this product plays out. You never know, Airpods really could be
“the next big thing.”
R.I.P. New York Fashion Week. R.I.P. to watching shows live in class. R.I.P. to obsessing over Bella Hadid and creepily staring at her in the DKNY opener. R.I.P. to crying when Marc Jacobs nailed the end perfectly to the most amazing week. It is sad to say that fall’s most cherished week has come to an end but what is even sadder is saying goodbye to stalking bloggers’ Instagrams for the hottest street styles. The best part of every show is of course the new line walking down the runway, but a close second is the stylish fashion elite sitting in the crowd. After watching NYFW religiously, here are my top five favorite street looks via Instagram:
1. Jan-Michael Quammie
Coat: Faith Connexion, Bag: Loewe, Pants: Jil Sander, Shoes: Gucci
2. Anya Ziourova
Blouse: Tibi, Pants: Closed Official
3. Chiara Ferragni
Jacket: Miu Miu
4. Aimee Song
Dress: Tibi, Bag: Chloé
5. Giovanna Engelbert
T-shirt: Pierto Nolita, Skirt: Gucci
Fashion week in Paris is great and all, with the flashing lights, majestic Parisian mansions, and Anna Wintour front row. But, this summer, I discovered something even better. I got an inside look at what goes on the remaining 345 days a year when fashion week isn't in action with Yves Saint Laurent.
Like you might have guessed, any renowned high fashion house isn't all high heels and glitter year round. Yet, somehow, in my four months working as an intern, I discovered something even more magical than models and runways. I got an inside look at a whole universe I didn't know existed.
On a day to day basis, my job mostly consisted of styling models, celebrities, and those very, very (extremely) well off "nobody's". But in the grand scheme of things, I learned so much more than just matching velvet jackets with glitter button downs.
Yves Saint Laurent, who passed away in 2008, was, in my opinion, one of the greatest human beings to ever walk this earth. He started his genius career being mentored by the one and only Christian Dior, and later set out to create his own Haute Couture House. In twelve short years, he completely revolutionized a woman's closet and gave women in the 1960s everything they had ever aspired to emulate: independence, power, sexuality, and confidence. Only twist: he did it using very traditional, masculine codes; most notably, the traditional YSL women's tux.
On April 31st 2016, I packed my bags to embark on a crazy four-month journey that would lead me to discover the underworld of high fashion, in its very own capital, Paris. A day later on May 1st, I was thrown head first into a universe I knew barely anything about. As you can imagine, my first day consisted of extreme anxiety, lots of tears, and even begging my mom to let me come home. Fortunately for my insensitive mother, I made it through my first day, and the next four months after that.
The hardest pill to swallow was understanding on my very first day that Yves Saint Laurent was much more than nice clothes and runways. Right away, I had to learn the history and inspiration behind every color, every shape, every model. I had to read interviews with previous art directors, historic and cultural information about previous collections, and even memorize the date of the first appearance of virtually EVERY fashion trend known to man. It was only once I knew all of these things would I be able to put the magnificent pieces of this strange puzzle together.
For instance, the signature bright electric blue you see on many of our pieces, isn't just a blue. It's a blue called 'Majorelle' that was inspired from the colors of beautiful flowers in the Majorelle gardens of Morocco, which Mr. Saint Laurent loved to visit. Or even our most famous 'Duffle' purse was actually created by Hedi Slimane especially for one of his good friends, Gwyneth Paltrow who had asked him to make her a purse specifically for traveling.
Everything in this universe is somehow created for a very specific purpose, based on an inspiration, and seeing them come to life was the best part of my job.
This year was a significant year for the House because we celebrated 50 years since our first ever ready-to-wear collection in 1966. And with that milestone, came an even bigger news, we had to say goodbye to our Artistic Director of the past four years, Hedi Slimane, to make room for Versace's latest superstar: Anthony Vaccarello. That being said, this summer was not only life changing for me, but for everyone else working for the brand because we got to witness Slimane's final masterpiece, also known as the 2016 Paris Collection (the $13,000 heart fur I am proudly modeling in the picture, major key.) Rihanna was recently seen in this piece, rocking it with a black baseball hat.
It was definitely a summer full of change and transitions, but I'm so glad I was there to witness all of it. I learned to appreciate the beauty of high fashion, and made some incredible connections along the way. I'm glad I conquered my fear of the unknown because I know that as much as I learned this summer, there's so much more to this puzzle that I am eager to discover throughout my journey in this industry. I'm prepared to work hard, fight for what I want and let no one stand in my way. And who knows? Maybe in a few years I'll be the one next to Wintour, witnessing history be made on every runway at fashion week!
Done adulting for now.
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