Fashion Week Facts: 10 Things You Didn’t Know
With the Big Four Fashion Weeks finally concluding, serious fashion withdrawal symptoms have begun to kick in for most of us. To battle the nostalgia, we hope these fun Fashion Week facts keep you going. Fashionistas, we hope you are taking notes.
Contrary to popular belief, it was New York and not Paris that witnessed the first Fashion Week in 1943. During World War II, fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert decided to shift the world’s attention from Paris as the fashion capital to New York by inviting journalists to view the collection of American designers. It was also originally known as “Press Week”.
Fashion Week always takes place in the same order every year starting with New York, London, Milan, and the finale in Paris.
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Fashion Weeks have two shows each year timed well ahead of the actual season. The Fall/Winter Show takes place in February whereas the Spring/Summer Collections are showcased in September.
Now that many designers have turned to live online streaming of their shows, did you know you can actually tell which fashion week you are watching just by the catwalk style? Models at the Paris Fashion Week walk at a slower and smoother pace whereas runway models at NYFW have a more upbeat and staccato style.
The U-shaped runway was created to accommodate the increasing number of VIPs, A-list celebrities and fashion bloggers that all came with a ‘front row’ obsession.
From models fainting backstage due to exertion to wardrobe malfunctions, every Fashion Week has its share of controversies. But the most famous one to go down in history is when supermodel Naomi Campbell had a great fall while walking the runway for a Vivienne Westwood show in 1993 wearing a pair of heels that was 10 inches high.
You may have to wait for up to 2 hours in a queue to enter a show but that’s not all the waiting you have to do. On an average, a runway show at NYFW almost always begins 30 minutes late and lasts only for about 11 minutes.
Pictures convey a thousand words, and in the case of a Fashion Week, all those drool worthy images of stunning couture are worth much more. And for that, a photographer on an average takes about 70,000 pictures from a mere 1’ x 1’ space in a pit during a Fashion Week.
For the first time in the history of all fashion weeks, The Great Wall of China was chosen as the venue for Fendi’s spring 2008 show by its Creative Director Karl Lagerfled. The show production cost amounted to about $10 million.
On an average, the youngest model walking the runway is of age 16 but Carmen DellÓrefice is the oldest model to walk the runway at the age of 81. Try beating that!
We also love how our homegrown Fashion Weeks are getting better and better. Here are some of our favorite trends from Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2013.