In the past, I have struggled to ‘keep in the know’ about the latest runway shows. The only way I received fashion info was from clothing shops and magazines. However, I began to think, what about Haute Couture? Avante-Garde? Fashion Week? Prêt-à-porter fashion is presented to us wherever we go as it’s ready to wear and extensive. Nonetheless, I’m still drawn to the fascinating fashion looks, compelling collections and spectacular statement pieces. All of this information is something that the average person is not often exposed to.
After doing some research, I’ve found numerous resources so you can find out what’s glistening behind the VIP doors of the high-fashion aesthetics.
This platform can be your best friend forever as thousands of fashion shows are filmed and uploaded online for favourable audiences. Well known fashion brands such as the likes of Gucci, Christian Dior and Victoria Secret all post videos of their runways.
Fashion shows can be romantic like you are looking through rose-tinted glasses. The Dolce&Gabbana Alta Moda show, filmed in the Valley of the Temples is an excellent example. Find the link on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW0DSGxs8WA
They can also be exciting like you’re experiencing something that will go down in history, and you can’t quite believe what you’re seeing. The Fredrik Tjaerandsen show filmed at the Victoria Albert Museum and Central Saint Martins presents the perfect mix between weird and wonderful. Find the link on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_t6mRxLQhU
Many fashion YouTubers present hauls, tips and their personal opinions of what they think looks good. This can be quite limited in information and biased. However, if you want to learn more about the technical side of industry such as news about catwalks, materials and designers, the YouTubers below could be for you; they deliver content in a more niche and intellectual way:
The Fashion Archive https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVmPyrwjL0wepDhmvgzlOcA
Brave New Wear https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk4GqrYuxDXal2qSZU_P37w
Vogue Runway exhibits the elusive insider culture of the latest shows, designers and seasons dating all the way back to 1992. Writers also dive into the makings behind the skilful garments, projects, exclusive behind the scenes and more. An app is also available on the Apple Store, which shows the complete archive of ‘more than 20,000 fashion shows and more than 100,000 catwalk photos.’ Click to view the website here: https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows
Want to download the app? https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/vogue-runway-fashion-shows/id289380413
Vogue Collections offer unlimited access to the ‘picture library’ for the ready to wear, couture, pre-fall, resort, bridal and menswear collections. Click the link for the magazines: https://www.newsstand.co.uk/123-french-magazines/10527-subscribe-to-vogue-collections-magazine-subscription.aspx
NFYW lets you view shows, learn about designers, read back of house articles, and watch talk shows such as ‘Less is more’ and ‘Designed to complete.’ The talks are uploaded to Youtube, as well as online schedules that are published online. There, you can watch the runway of your chosen designer:https://nyfw.com/schedule/.
Websites for Magazines:
While fashion magazines provide glossy pages about fashion shows; the editorial aspect for the catwalk can be too short. For the times when you want to jump past the trends and celebrity pages and through to the catwalk news, it’s good to know that most magazines will have a website. To find them, simply search for the masthead online so you can start looking at the astonishing catwalk displays.
i-D magazine: https://www.idfashion.co.nz
Harpers Bazaar magazine: https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/
It takes time to grasp an understanding of what fashion shows are really about, their purpose, and how they are beneficial for the general public. Fashion shows give designers a chance to show months and years of hard work. It provides people with a voice to express themselves; especially their art, (if it is a highly creative show.) Statements are also made, such as political, culture and sustainable issues. Additionally, it is an opportunity to make contacts for businesses, get press coverage and increase brand awareness.
Fashion shows are like plays or art exhibitions, you are presented with different moods, technical skills and show-stopping moments. They are timeless events that can create a thrill of excitement for thousands; so we can feel inspired.