What exactly does New York, Milan, London and Paris have in common? Apart from being beautiful and emblematic cities, they are all hosts of the iconic bi-annual event called fashion week. For those who aren't fans or members of the industry, these events can seem like a constant blur of new trends and models styled to perfection. To fashionistas, however, comparing the 'Big Four' can generate a lot of discussion, especially if they were to discuss which one is better.
In general terms, New York is luxurious and polished, Milan is elegant and glamorous, London is trendy and fresh and Paris is classic and elevated. Typically, fashion 'weeks' in New York and Paris can go up to 10 days, while showings in Milan and London tend to range around 5 - 7 days. But that is just a glimpse of the differences between them.
NYFW is always jam packed, after all it is New York. From left to right, models, fashion designers, mega celebrities are spotted. While the city is enveloped in this craze for fashion. Particularly all-American brands and designers are in the spotlight. Polo Ralph Lauren, BODE, Levi, Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, Tommy Hilfiger, and the star of this year's 'Met Gala' - Oscar de la Renta - are all examples of brands that make sure to set the tone for the months that are to come in fashion. Of course they aren't the only brands that make an appearance, NYFW also opens the opportunity for upcoming and less established fashion brands to showcase their collection. An example of this may be the Central Saint Martins graduates dominating the runway with innovative designs. While the attendees may have a variety of different personalities that are show-cased through their style, the aesthetic is the same. The minimalist and refined style shows the 'I don't have time for you' feel of "the city that never sleeps". New York is also home to the first ever Fashion week, in 1943. This was supposed to create an alternative for the elite, since most were unable to travel to Paris due to WWII. Overall it is the Fashion week that attracts the most media meaning that is it one of the best places to be 'seen'.
Milan is home to many renowned fashion brands such as Gucci, Prada, Moschino, Fendi and Dolce and Gabbana. Walking around 'Milano' you realize that even street style is frequently head-to-toe all designer looks. Bold black sunglasses, precise tailoring and big hats embody what Milan Fashion Week is all about. Unlike NY and London, there are little to no parties, it shifts the mood that was set by NYFW and LFW to a more serious ambiance that is oftentimes followed up with Paris' classic appeal. The collections tend to show maximalist pieces that show off what each brand appertains to.
London fashion week is similar to NYFW in many ways, one of them being their love for new creators. London specifically is known for having an avant-garde agenda that can beat any other city. The city has pioneered many different styles such as punk and grunge which developed in work from amazing new designers such as Alexander McQueen and Molly Goddard as well as heritage brands such as Burberry.
The haute culture in Paris is absolutely stunning, no matter what area of fashion they are interested in, it is every fashionista's dream to experience Paris fashion week at least once in their life. After all, Paris is the capital of fashion and the biggest fashion house in the world. This means that because there is so much going on, it tends to be the longest fashion week, with showings of brands such as Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Hermès and more. The first row shows the importance of the brand. Big names are invited and the brands normally send a variety of outfits for them to choose from. This paves way for partnerships and deals to come between them, this is why so many people come year after year.
Fashion weeks in general are the place where everyone involved in fashion gathers together to appreciate this incredible form of art. Buyers, editors and everyone and everything in between wants to experience the exhilarating feeling of knowing first hand what is to come and knowing that they will be experiencing an irreplaceable moment.