New York is the epicenter for a lot of different things. But fashion?
While New York has established itself as one of the fashion hotspots in North America (if not the world), evidenced by a long-running bi-annual New York Fashion Week, many other communities have also begun holding week-long fashion events on the circuit. All are a bit unique and have something different to offer, but there seems to be a widening gap in differences between the New York Fashion Week and those that are held in southern parts of the country (particularly here in New Orleans). Here's a look:
New York Fashion Week:
- The Style: It's hard to pinpoint a particular style on display at New York Fashion Week. For instance, at this year’s event, 70's items were on full display, evident of a comeback. Also on display were cold-weather clothing, such as scarves, jackets and turtlenecks.
- All About Presentation: Presentation is important in any fashion week, but in the Big Apple, it's magnified. Most everything is done and presented in a first-class way. Speaking of which, this heavy focus on presentation - coupled with its location - also means...
- More A-Listers: Fashion weeks in the Big Apple are bound to draw more notable celebrities, as events are often much more classier affairs. Sean "P Diddy" Combs, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles are just a few of the celebs that have been known to make appearances at various events at New York City Fashion Week in the past. However, many argue that the celebrities are overshadowing the items on display.
Southern-Based Fashion Weeks:
- More Relaxed: While New York Fashion Week is all about first-class presentation, those that are held in the south are more relaxed. Yes, presentation is still important, but the focus is more on networking, showcasing and interacting than making a statement. In southern-based fashion weeks, such as New Orleans, you'll see poolside runways and other unconventional ways for designers to show off the latest.
- Taking Chances: While items showcased at northern-based fashion weeks are a bit more carefully planned, designers are usually a tad more experimental and liberal with what they decide to show off at southern-based weeks. For instance, blazers with cocktail dresses to make sexy evening wear work appropriate or mixing trends have become popular looks at southern-based shows.
- More About the Event: Southern-based shows are typically smaller than the behemoth that is New York Fashion Week, hence organizers can have a bit more fun and help out aspiring designers, artists, and models in the field. For instance, model walk-off competitions, designer competitions and others - all with enticing grand prizes - are often held throughout southern fashion weeks. Events which, in many cases, have helped jump start the careers of some of the notables in the industry today.