Fashion week is a fashion industry event, lasting about one week, which allows fashion designers or “houses” to display their latest collections in runway shows and buyers to take a look at the latest trends. The Fashion Week fall shows are held the preceding winter (February). The spring shows are held the preceding late summer (September). The most recent show was in September 2008 for Spring 2009 Fashion Week. Fashion shows are attended by journalists, editors, buyers, celebrities and social types. The Fashion Week shows are invitation-only and each fashion designer is responsible for the guest list.
Most importantly, fashion week lets the industry-and fashion lovers-know what’s “in” and what’s “out” for the season. The most prominent fashion weeks are held in the fashion capitals like Milan, Paris, London, and, of course, New York City. It is an excellent opportunity for American (and a few international) designers — ranging from Oscar de la Renta to Zac Posen — to show off their upcoming collections. The fashion shows are often entertaining, accompanied by loud, mood-setting music and changing lighting. The press writes about and photographs the runway collections for newspapers, magazines, internet and television so the general public can see what is going on in fashion. In the early and mid 2000s, fashion weeks sprang up around the globe to draw attention to designers elsewhere.