Fashion Week Takes a Trip Around the World

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Dior’s collection during Paris Fashion Week was based on the 1960s feminist movement.

Angie Diaz, Maroon-News Staff

The month of February is one of the most defining months in the year for fashion. Fashion Week takes place in four of the biggest style cities across the globe: New York City, London, Milan and Paris. The world’s top and up-and-coming designers exhibit their brands in a series of runway shows, and these collections play a huge role in determining the trends for the season. Each city hosts its own Fashion Week in consecutive order. It begins in New York City, then London, followed by Milan and concludes in Paris. All of these cities have their own unique style essence and are praised for their signature looks. 

New York City:

New York City’s Fashion Week took place from February 8 to 16. This city has more of a casual, sporty vibe in comparison to the other cities. The street style trend taking NYC by storm was very casual and minimalist with show attendees frequently spotted wearing neutral-toned outfits underneath bold coats. Calvin Klein and Tory Burch collections were both inspired by rustic life. They both captured the Old West feel with an array of intricate gingham and floral prints, billowy loose blouses, western collar shirts and chiffon fabric dresses. However, the shows featured a decidedly non-sporty vibe. Calvin Klein was also inspired by firemen jackets and boots and incorporated this attire into the show. The Gabriela Hearst collection consisted of double breasted trench coats and suit jackets for women. According to Vogue, the Pyer Moss collection mixed activism with fashion by helping to bring awareness to the lack of diversity in the fashion world. The brand collaborated with Cross Colours, a popular black-owned from the 90s, and Reebok to present a collection inspired by the black cowboys of the 19th century.

London:

The city of London held its Fashion Week from February 16 through 20. London’s vibe is cool and fresh so its fashion is known for being more daring. There isn’t a fear of taking risks in this city. The street style is more edgy, consisting of a colorful arrangement of patterns, sequins and mixing of fabrics. Burberry’s collection was a standout during London’s Fashion Week because of its tribute to the LGBTQ+ community consisting of loud rainbow looks.

Milan:

Milan’s Fashion Week was from February 21 to 27. Milan’s glamorous style is reflected in form-fitting looks with a particular emphasis on rich colors and expensive fabrics such as silk and velvet. With high end Italian brands like Gucci, Versace, Prada, Fendi, Moncler and Dolce & Gabbana showcasing here, who wouldn’t go all out? Gucci’s fashion show was made up of from the clothing of various different cultures such as Russian babushka headscarves, Scottish plaid, Chinese pajamas and English tweed suits. There were also pop-culture baseball references with the logos of the NY Yankees and San Francisco Giants being included in the show. The idea was to demonstrate how “people today reconstruct their identities,” according to Vogue.

Paris:

Paris’s Fashion Week from February 27 until March 6 gave a proper ending to the month of fashion. The style in Paris consists of the right amount of sophistication without feeling bland. Fashion houses like Louis Vuitton, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel took center stage. Dior’s collection this year was inspired by the women’s feminist movement of the 1960s and featured black newsboy caps, bright colored sunglasses and business-inspired outfits with floral or lace twist. 

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