Fashion and travel come hand in hand: with so many cultural hotspots around the world, becoming a true style guru often requires putting in the miles. Not only will making the journey to attend these international events give you a unique insight into the latest and most innovative new trends, but it will also let you network with the major players in the global style industry and allow you to completely immerse yourself in a world a beauty, aesthetic and wonderful like-minded people.
The article lists five of the best fashion events happening around the world today that are essential players in the international fashion scene and more than worth the effort of the visit!
London Fashion Week/LCM
As one of the four fashion capitals of the world, London is awash with unmissable fashion events all year round. September and February see the legendary London fashion week bring out international fashionistas and style gurus, and the London Collections Men’s event showcases the best in new male lines during September and June.
With giant fashion houses taking to the catwalk, you can surround yourself with quintessential British style from the likes of worldwide legends, such as Burberry, Vivienne Westwood and Jasper Conran. Both festivals are a combination of invitation-only events and open shows, so be sure to get down there and start mingling, and you might be able to blag your way into some exclusive events!
Milan Fashion Week
Home to some of the best-dressed and effortlessly stylish people on the planet, it’s no surprise that the fashion capital of Italy plays host to one of the more comprehensive fashion events around the world. Milan Fashion Week takes place bi-annually in Sept/Oct and Feb/March. Unlike Fashion Weeks elsewhere, an equal amount of focus is put on both women’s and menswear, with a whole week dedicated to each niche.
Bask in the elegant luxury of designers such as Prada, Versace and Armani, to name just a few, and lust after the incredible pieces being showcased. Of course, it’s also worth browsing the numerous extravagant shopping districts of Milan while you’re there, which, of course, there is a handy app for.
Paris Fashion Week
The city that nurtured and raised Coco Chanel and Luis Vuitton, home of Yves Saint Laurent, Louboutin, Lagerfeld and Jean-Paul Gaultier, it’s no surprise than many would argue that Paris Fashion Week is the most influential and not-to-missed fashion event in the world. Travel to a place where even the streets themselves ooze pure style and immerse yourself into one of the most dedicated fashion cultures worldwide.
With a mixture of events, covering Haute Couture, high-street and men’s fashion, the festival offers a packed schedule and no shortage of experiences to be had. Check out the specifically designed Paris Fashion Week app to help navigate your way through the event, and give you some helpful insights into shopping in the city.
New York Fashion Week
Rivaling Paris for the spot of ultimate international fashion powerhouse, New York Fashion Week is another event on the fashion calendar that is not to be missed. The Yanks have put their stamp on style, and you only have to give a quick glance over the line-up to see this: global brands including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger and Alexander Wang all call this city home and help to make its bi-annual fashion celebration one of the most relevant and exciting fashion events worldwide.
And, of course, the experience wouldn’t be complete without the most comprehensive of all the fashion week apps. Available on both iPhone and Android, alongside offering a handy way to keep track of shows and plan a schedule, it also features a look book—to record your favorite new trends—live footage from exclusive runway shows and much, much more.
Fashion is most definitely a global affair, and with the help of technology, it has become easier than ever to stay up-to-date with your favourite designers and get an inside look at what the new season has to offer.
Dubai Shopping Festival
The shopping in Dubai is legendary worldwide, and the annual shopping festival, which is held there, is a truly spectacular affair of fashion, art and culture. Situated in the world famous Mall of the Emirates, the month-long event includes showcases, exhibitions, competitions and incredible sales, alongside art and culture installations, such as the International Festival of Fashion Photography transported straight from Cannes.
To quickly and easily navigate the many venues and shopping centers of Dubai during the festival, or at any point throughout the year, the Dubai Shopping Visitor Guide app is the perfect tool. However, it’s wise to link it with a good VPN to protect yourself when using applications overseas. This will be extremely handy in Dubai as it will also allow you access to many of the sites that are blocked over there, such as Skype, Flickr and some parts of YouTube.
These are five of the very best worldwide events that you should be attending, but there are many more. If you can think of another fashion festival that deserves to be on this list, then be sure to leave a comment below!
About the Author
Cassie Phillips is an entertainment and online security blogger, whose love of fashion, travel and technology allows her to stay up-to-date with the best cultural and style events worldwide. She hopes these tips will encourage you to venture further afield for your fashion fixes and experience what the international scene has to offer!