From Paris to New York to Tokyo: Here's a roundup of the top fashion weeks scheduled for 2011.
Men's ready-to-wear A/W 2011/2012
The fall/winter 2011/12 collections will be showcased in European fashion capitals, with Milan starting the presentations (January 15-19), followed by Paris (January 20-23). London Fashion Week, which presents women's and men's collections during the same period, will run from February 18-23. In New York, men's and women's ranges will be shown alongside each other from February 10-17.
Hong Kong Fashion Week A/W 2011/2012
January 17 - 20
As the largest annual fashion industry gathering in Asia, the fair hosted over 1,700 exhibitors from 24 countries and drew more than 21,000 buyers from 92 countries in 2010. The event has steadily expanded its World Boutique section, which showcases designer labels from the U.S. and Europe. Various collections including women's wear, men's wear, children's wear, sportswear, lingerie, swimwear, evening wear, as well as fashion accessories, shoes and costume jewelry will once again be presented during Hong Kong Fashion Week.
Berlin Fashion Week A/W 2011/2012
Germany's most progressive couturiers, including Kilian Kerner, Lala Berlin, Patrick Mohr, Perret Schaad, and Anja Gockel will showcase their collections during the 8
th Mercedes-Benz Berlin Fashion Week, which will run concurrently with the capital's biggest street and urbanwear fair Bread & Butter (January 19-21).
Haute Couture A/W 2011/2012
The world's leading haute couture week, which had been reserved for dramatic fashion shows presenting out-of-this-world creations by designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Givenchy, or Chanel, has added haute jewelry to its roster. The field's most prestigious brands such as Boucheron, Cartier, Chaumet, and Van Cleef & Arpels now complement France's most storied couturiers. This year, runway shows and presentations will run from January 24- 27.
São Paulo Fashion Week
January 28- February 2
São Paulo, Brazil
Started in 1996, São Paulo Fashion Week has evolved into the most important fashion event in Latin America and has elevated itself onto the same playing field as the prestigious fashion weeks in Paris, Milan, New York and London. Expect to see catwalk shows by major Brazilian labels like Ricardo Almeida, Reinaldo Lourenço, and Ronalda Fraga, as well as by luxury European brands like Chanel and Versace. The most anticipated event of SPFW is by far the presentations of sexy Brazilian beachwear lines like Amir Slama's Rosa Cha.
Copenhagen Fashion Week A/W 2011/2012
Northern Europe's largest fashion event draws some 60,000 designers, buyers, and press twice a year (every February and August). Danish fashion is known for its unique angle on design, innovation and aesthetics with a more modern approach to femininity and functionality, expressed in fresh silhouettes. Coupled with its leading trade fairs CPH Vision, Gallery and the Copenhagen International Fashion Fair, the Danish capital is quickly cementing its status as a global fashion hub.
New York Fashion Week A/W 2011/2012
New York, US
The event kicks off the women's ready-to-wear season in the four fashion capitals (the other three being London, Milan, and Paris), the most important time in the fashion half-year. American designers including Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, and Calvin Klein will all showcase their collections.
London Fashion Week A/W 2011/2012
Following New York's Fashion Week, London's event brings together established British designers including Richard Nicoll and Pual Smith, and new talents like the actress-cum-designer Sienna Miller who founded Twenty8Twelve with her sister. Issa London, the Brazilian designer who made the now-famous sapphire blue dress that Kate Middleton wore to announce her engagement to Prince William, is among those scheduled to stage a catwalk show. London Fashion Week will showcase both women's and men's collections.
Women's ready-to-wear A/W 2011/2012
The fall/winter 2011/12 collections will be showcased in European fashion capitals, with Milan starting the presentations (February 23- March 1). The fashion week in the French capital will wrap up the season between March 1-9 after the programs in New York, London, and Milan. The most anticipated shows comprise the biggest names in the industry such as Balenciaga, Dior, Chanel and local French favorites Isabel Marant and Sonia Rykiel.
Tokyo Fashion Week A/W 2011/2012
Japan's design stars including Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons) or Yohji Yamamoto have long been showing their collections outside Tokyo, but the city remains a breeding ground for exciting, up-and-coming talent made in Japan. Japan Fashion Week will be held concurrently with its prestigious global fashion fair Livingroom in Tokyo (March 22-24).
Moscow Fashion Week A/W 2011/2012
March 31- April 5
The biggest fashion event in Eastern Europe will celebrate its 11th year in existence this year, showcasing the best in Russian design as well as from the former Soviet republics: Ukraine, Byelorussia, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Georgia, etc.
Barcelona Bridal Week
The 21st Bridal Week, which sees shows and presentations from domestic and international designers including 'Queen of the Wedding Dress' Vera Wang, outshines New York Bridal Week (April 9-11) as the leading event in the field given the event's history and prestige. This year, some 240 brands are expected to exhibit in the 30,000-square-meter space and as many as 30 bridal fashion catwalk shows will be staged for the 13,800 expected attendees.
Australia Fashion Week S/S 2011/12
Rosemount Australian Fashion Week is the Asia Pacific's premier stop on the international fashion week circuit joining Paris, Milan, New York and London. The five-day official schedule includes on-site collection shows held within state-of-the-art collection showrooms, off-site collection shows, The Gallery and The Presentation Suites at The Westin Sydney.
Men's ready-to-wear S/S 2011/12
The spring/summer 2012 men's collections will be showcased in European fashion capitals, with Milan starting the presentations (June 18-22), followed by Paris (June 23-26).
London Fashion Week S/S 2011/12
Just one day after the end of the shows in New York, the London Fashion Week begins. House of Holland, Julian Macdonald, Matthew Williamson, Acne, Peter Pilotto, Erdem and Burberry Prorsum are some of the brands showing their spring-summer collections in London, considered the most avant-garde of the four big fashion weeks.
Milan Fashion Week S/S 2011/12
After London and before Paris, the fashion crowd moves to Milan to look at the women's spring-summer 2011 collections. Expect great shows from the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Gucci and Prada.
Paris Fashion Week S/S 2011/12
September 28-October 6
The season of spring-summer ready-to-wear shows ends in Paris with legendary houses like Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Sonia Rykiel, Maison Martin Margiela, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior.
Haute Couture S/S 2011/12
The world's leading haute couture week, which had been reserved for dramatic fashion shows presenting out-of-this-world creations by designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Givenchy, or Chanel, has added haute jewelry to its roster. The field's most prestigious brands such as Boucheron, Cartier, Chaumet, and Van Cleef & Arpels now complement France's most storied couturiers. This year, runway shows and presentations will run from July 4-7.
New York Fashion Week S/S 2011/12
New York, US
The biggest American designers, such as Tommy Hilfiger or Ralph Lauren, will show alongside fresh talent, including Prabal Gurung and Alexander Wang, when the Big Apple kicks off fall's fashion month.
Tokyo Fashion Week S/S 2011/12
Tokyo's Fashion Week wraps up the global fashion presentations and runway shows for the S/S 2012 season.