A fashion week is a fashion industry event, lasting approximately one week, which allows fashion designers or "houses" to display their latest collections in runway shows and buyers to take a look at the latest trends. Most importantly, it lets the industry know what's "in" and what's "out" for the season. The most prominent fashion weeks are held in the fashion capitals like Milan, Paris, London, and New York City. In the early and mid 2000s, fashion weeks sprang up around the globe to draw attention to designers elsewhere.
In the major fashion capitals, fashion weeks are semiannual events. January through March designers showcase their autumn (fall)/winter collections and September through November the spring/summer collections are shown. Fashion weeks must be held several months in advance of the season to allow the press and buyers a chance to preview fashion designs for the following season. This is also to allow time for retailers to arrange to purchase or incorporate the designers into their retail marketing.
The schedule begins with New York Fashion Week, London Fashion Week. The penultimate fashion week is Milan Fashion Week and the schedule ends with Paris Fashion Week . These four cities are the traditional "big four" fashion weeks that are followed by new emerging fashion weeks globally. The Menswear shows occur in between autumn(fall)/winter and spring/summer in Milan.
Originated in 1910, Paris Fashion Week is the oldest fashon event.
It's said that New York knows the business, Milan makes the workmanship, London lays the courage, yet Paris presents the dream.
The 7-day fashion week for 2009 Spring/Summer Haute Couture fashion collection wrapped up on Jan. 28, and the Autumn/Winter 09 collections kicked off on March 4.