Around The World In 4 Fashion Weeks

Sartorial Highlights From New York, London, Milan & Paris Spring Summer 16 Runways

Along with January & February, the September-October period is the time that majorly defines the whole fashion year worldwide as it is the time for the Big Four – four definitive fashion weeks that set the trends governing global fashion industry, from luxury labels to high street and mass fashion brands. We of course are talking of the New York, London, Milan & Paris Fashion Week and their Fall Winter and Spring Summer editions.

And it is not just about the trends, it is here where fates of new entrants are decided, game changing collaborations are announced and retail innovations are debuted. Then there are also the definitive front row moments, the street style trends that inspire fashion enthusiasts everywhere and the controversies that have the fashion world buzzing for months after. The Spring Summer 2016 season has been no different, rather it has been a step forward towards the exciting dynamism sweeping the fashion industry and a new democratic order that has emancipated smaller labels and heritage brands alike. We spoke earlier of what was to be expected from New York, London, Milan & Paris SS’16 Runways.

Now as the international SS16 preview season is coming to an end, with the last in line, Paris Fashion Week closing on 07 October, we take a look at the defining moments from this season of New York, London & Milan Fashion Weeks and the action so far from Paris Fashion Week. A pictorial guide to what highlighted at the international fashion scene this past month:

New York Fashion Week

It has been the epicenter of the rise of masstige fashion (think Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren & Michael Kors), the new wave of democratic fashion (Opening Ceremony, Public School et al) and a commercial playground for fashion-technology-music-sports collaborations. And NYFW SS16 pushed the boundaries even further – shifting address from iconic Lincoln Center to downtown, debuting Givenchy, Marc Jacobs cinematic escapades, Zac Posens wearable tech with Google and Tory Burch’s sports wear debut among other things.

From trends, to collections to celebrity pictures, here’s a recap:

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[Image Courtesy: NYT.com, WWD.com & CNN.com]

London Fashion Week

Matching the eclectic versatility of the inhabitants of the city, London Fashion Week is all about the edgy, the statement making and the experimental fashion. With the likes of Burberry, Vivienne Westwood and Topshop fronting, one can expect nothing less than the most ground breaking stuff and LFW delivers and how. Be it shifting its venue from a historical venue to a car park or shunning the conventional for an all inclusive fashion experience that puts the consumers at the front, the SS16 edition had just enough excitement to make this fashion week it’s avant garde best so far.

Here’s taking a look at the standout collections, the new faces and the as it happens mass fashion developments:

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[Image Courtesy: Telegraph.co.uk, WWD.com, Businessoffashion.com]

Milan Fashion Week

Taking cues from a heritage of fine Italian tailoring and artisanal craftsmenship and stripping of the extraneous, Milan Fashion Week is all about the core element: the design of fashion design. With the biggest labels showcasing their collections, one couldn’t expect less. What makes it additionally exciting is the new creative direction these big names are undertaking with dynamic young designers taking on the helm of century old labels. From Alessandro Michele for Gucci to Jeremy Scott for Moschino, Milan Fashion Week SS16 was all about a new design direction and the experts agree – this was the strongest season at Milan after recession hit fashion weeks in the past.

What were the design highlights? Take a look at these pictures to find out:

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[Image Courtesy: Vogue.it, Collezionimoda.net]

Paris Fashion Week

While London Fashion Week excels in revolutionary fashion retail experiments, Paris Fashion Week is the original venue for design experimentation. After all it has been the fashion capital of the world for ages for no reason. Design meets art meets self expression at PFW runways as designers constantly strive to present a take on fashion that is imaginative enough to capture the world’s imagination. With the likes of Maison Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen label and the political Jacquemus taking center stage, the SS16 edition of Paris Fashion Week is shaping out to be another stellar design showing that will serve to be the inspiration for fashion aspirants worldwide.

See here for the highlights from the first two days and what is coming:

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[Image Courtesy: WWD.com, Vogue.fr & Vogue Runway]

As the international SS16 runway season comes to an end, we are all geared up for the Indian version – with Amazon India Fashion Week SS16 commencing on 07 october (incidentally or coincidentally the same day Paris Fashion Week comes to a close). We cannot wait to see how the international SS16 trends get translated on to the Indian runways and the onovel additions from our own design mavericks. Stay tuned to our blog to find out and also for exclusive updates from AIFW as the happen!

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