Your ultimate guide to the 2016 Fashion Week circuit

Curious to learn more about the fashion week circuit you see splashed all over street style blogs and your Insta-feed? Read on, right this way.

You know when fashion month is underway. The fashion pack is out in full force all over the internet, the media go into a frenzy inundating us with the latest outfit by this and that celebrity, the models-of-the-moment are buzz topics and you're faced with the latest trends on the runway we can expect to see for the next season ahead.

But you may be curious, what is fashion week? Can anyone attend? What's all the fuss about?

What is Fashion Week?

The purpose of a Fashion Week is for brands, designers and fashion houses to put their collections on show for the season ahead. Influential media are there to broadcast the events to a global audience and style-savvy buyers are in attendance to see what collections they'll buy into for retailers and clients. There are runway shows, press showings and private appointments held round the clock during a Fashion Week, as well as launches and events.

Where is Fashion Week held?

The fashion month circuit consists of the 4 prominent fashion capitals of the world; New York, London, Milan and Paris. With the women's collections running in that order, it's an industry-only trade event held twice per year. While these are the major cities broadcasted around the world, most capital cities will host their own version, all working to boost the local economy.

Can anyone attend Fashion Week?

Fashion Week is an industry-only event. You must register and have a purpose to attend. Once your registration is approved the brands and designers will send out invitations to events. Fashion Week is not to be confused with Fashion Festivals or Fashion Weekend, consumer events that the public can purchase tickets to and attend presentations on current season trends along with catwalk experiences.

Occasionally there will be events held during Fashion Week that the public can purchase tickets to. For example, this year in New York a charity runway show was open to the public. These events are an opportunity to network with like-minded people in the industry and learn about what's happening on the scene at present. To keep up to date with such events you're required to check the websites directly or subscribe to the mailing lists.

Can I watch Fashion Week on TV?

Fashion Week is broadcast through a number of different mediums, with most shows live-streaming online or via FashionTV.com.


New York Fashion Week

Global media giant IMG is the brand behind New York Fashion Week. The first Fashion Week event for 2016 saw 147 official events broadcast to the world and 257 events altogether including those not on the official schedule. According to the Council of Fashion Design America it is estimated New York Fashion Week generates close to $900 million in total economic impact annually making it the largest and most successful Fashion Week in the world.

Women's Autumn Winter 2016: 10-18 February 2016
Women's Spring Summer 2017: 8-15 September 2016

Men's Autumn Winter 2016: 1-4 February 2016
Men's Spring Summer 2017: 11-14 July 2016

New York Fashion Week is held across three primary venues; Skylight at Moynihan Station, MADE at Milk Studios and Skylight Clarkson Sq.

When did it start?
The first New York Fashion Week was held in 1943, founded by Eleanor Lambert.

London Fashion Week

According to the British Fashion Council, London Fashion Week generates an estimated £100m in orders each season. Following Fashion Week is a 4 day retail event that the general public can purchase tickets to, starting from £20. This ultimate fashion experience gives consumers an insight to Fashion Week, trend presentations, exclusive offers and a catwalk show.

Women's Autumn Winter 2016 collections: 19-23 February 2016
Women's Spring Summer 2017 collections: 16-20 September 2016

Men's Autumn Winter 2016 collections: 8-11 January 2016
Men's Spring Summer 2017 collections: 10-13 June 2016

The primary venue for London Fashion Week is in the Brewer Street Car Park, Brewer Street, London.

When did it start? 
London Fashion Week launched the first event in 1984, the last of the 4 "fashion capitals".



Milan Fashion Week

Owned by The National Chamber for Italian Fashion, Milan Fashion Week's total economic impact is significantly less than the likes of New York and London, estimated at just over €50m.

Women's Autumn Winter 2016 collections: 24-29 February 2016
Women's Spring Summer 2017 collections: 21-27 September 2016

Men's Autumn Winter 2016 collections: 15-19 January 2016
Men's Spring Summer 2017 collections: 18-21 June 2016

Milan Fashion Week is held in numerous locations decided by each brand, it is much less centralised in comparison to New York, London and Paris.

When did it start?
Milan Fashion Week launched in 1958.

Paris Fashion Week

Organised by the French Fashion Federation, Paris Fashion Week is known for the Haute Couture runway shows as well as ready-to-wear.

Women's Autumn Winter 2016 collections:
Women's Spring Summer 2017 collections: 28 September-5 October 2016

Men's Autumn/Winter 2016 collections: 8-11 January 2016
Men's Spring/Summer 2017 collections: 22-26 June

Currently Paris Fashion Week is mostly held in Carrousel du Louvre.

When did it start?
Paris Fashion Week was officially recognised in 1973.



Australian Fashion Week (Sydney)

The Australian Fashion Week (MBFWA) is held annually showcasing resort wear and Spring Summer collections. In recent years the event (owned by IMG) has garnered the attention of a global audience and sees buyers, editors and media travel from around the world to attend. Currently it is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.

Women's Spring Summer 2017 collections: 15-20 May 2016

Carriageworks in Redfern, Sydney.

When did it start?
Australian Fashion Week made its debut in 1996.

What is Fashion Weekend Sydney, Australia?

Fashion Weekend is a pop-up event held in Sydney. With more than 100 Australian designers and brands taking part, consumers can purchase tickets to the event and receive exclusive offers and discounts for 2 days only as well as access to a beauty hub and runway experience. Fashion Weekend in Sydney will be held on 20-21 May 2016.

Doone Roisin

Doone Roisin is the social media butterfly and Fashion Editor at finder.com.au. She's an online shopping enthusiast ready to show you what to buy and how to wear it, the best sales around town and insider tips to make note of.

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