The madness known as Fashion Week, or in its present form, more like Fashion Month, as the NYTimes article "Is New York Fashion Week Near the End of the Runway?" by Eric Wilson says, (beginning Thursday with the overscheduled spring collections in New York and ending with those in Paris on Oct. 3, with no breaks in between for the now thousands of writers, retailers, photographers, videographers, bloggers and hordes of indeterminate somebodies who for various reasons really must be there) is currently underway.
There has been much talk about how Fashion Week has become a circus, and street style has turned into peacocking, with Oscar De La Renta slashing the number of attendes for his show by half, Suzy Menkes writing on the demanding speed of the "fashion carousel" and the "Circus of Fashion", which lead to responses by Leandra Medine from Manrepeller and Susie Lau from Style Bubble. (Phew!)
While it's undeniable that Fashion Week has turned into a circus (which I believe is symptomatic of the proliferation of fast fashion culture) there just might be another Fashion Week worthy enough to jet off to after the last of the Big Four's shows conclude in Paris.
New York has sportswear, the wunderkinds and commercial yet innovative designs, Milan for workmanship, London for bold, unrestrained creativity, and Paris presents the fashion dream, but this year, Singapore's Fashion Week will showcase an amalgamation of over 30 designers from all over the world that brings Men's and Women's Prêt-à-Porter and Haute Couture together.
Asia's best couturiers like China's Guo Pei, Japan's Junko Koshino, Philippines's Michael Cinco and Singapore's Frederick Lee will join French couturiers like Alexis Mabille and Stephane Rolland who showed in Singapore last year.
This year's Fashion Week will see a couple of firsts: A new partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), the inauguration of the Asian Couture Federation (ACF), and a suprising collaboration between local online brand Love Bonito with couturier Julien Fournie for a capsule collection. While high fashion brands are known to collaborate with fast fashion chains, this is a first for Haute Couture.
The closing show still remains under wraps at the moment, but the fashion rumour mill has thrown out Oscar de la Renta as a possible contender.
In the spirit of our current democratization of fashion, shows will be open to the public. Tickets are priced at $20 for a single show; a full-day pass at $40 and a season pass at $280.
You can purchase your tickets here!