As designers work on their collections up to two years in advance, there are so many contributing factors in what goes into the final pieces that are shown. Designers travel to Europe to research the trends and purchase ‘samples’ that are used for inspiration for that particular season.
Colors, prints and ‘bodies’ (shapes) of garments are carefully examined and copied, approved and fit, then refit again and approved or rejected. The shows are as individual and theatrical as the designers themselves, making each fashion show memorable and newsworthy for the entire world to witness.
It isn’t uncommon for major celebrities to make an appearance to show support for their favorite designers, which of course make the designs in the show that much more desirable to the public. Designers such as Anna Sui, Ralph Lauren and Carlos Miele carefully plan who will sit in the front row of their fashion shows which create a ‘buzz’ about the line. Celebrities have been known to play a huge role in designer’s successes. If they are seen in public wearing a certain label, the designer is now at the top of the fashion food chain – at least for the moment. Sales could increase simply because a particular celebrity was seen wearing their clothes.
This week, collections will be shown for Fall 2011, which will prep retailers when considering what fall merchandise to put out on the selling floor. After Fashion week is over and the trends have been viewed and reviewed, you can open any magazine to find out what the latest and greatest styles are.
The local fashion scene in Queens and Brooklyn has their own ‘fashion week’ simultaneously during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Manhattan.
Queens Fashion Week and Williamsburg Fashion Weekend showcase the local talent of young, emerging designers in Queens and Brooklyn.
Stay tuned for the Queens Fashion Week review next week! Delali Haligah, designer/owner of Osun Designs is the executive producer of Queens Fashion Week. She gathers local designers from all over Queens to participate in a fashion show to give them the press and exposure that they deserve. Williamsburg Fashion Weekend will be held on Feb. 18th and 19th, featuring local designers of Williamsburg and the surrounding areas. Check out the website for more details and stay tuned as we will bring you the latest and greatest styles for Fall 2011.
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