Among the excitement of the launch of the fashion week season with Milan and Paris setting the standard for Fall 2012 menswear style, the coming weeks also see the unveiling of some hotly anticipated affordable designer collaborations, with Versace’s Cruise collection for HM going on sale in countries where the store has an e-commerce site January 19 and Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld‘s limited edition Karl line for online fashion boutique Net-a-Porter available from January 25. Read about these and other upcoming fashion events here.
Milan Menswear Fashion Week
Milan menswear fashion week attracts the world’s most prestigious labels to showcase their Fall/Winter 2012 ready-to-wear male collections such as Dolce Gabbana, Emporio Armani and Versace. Fashionistas who don’t have tickets will be able to keep up-to-date on the action thanks to labels including Dolce Gabbana and Burberry streaming shows live on their Facebook pages and Ermenegildo Zegna’s Zegna Live app, which will be free from the Apple store for the iPhone and iPad and allows fans to watch the runway show and purchase a range of exclusive items as soon as they hit the catwalk.
Hong Kong Fashion Week
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
As the largest annual fashion industry gathering in Asia — over 1700 exhibitors gathered at the 2011 event — Hong Kong Fashion Week offers buyers from across the globe the latest in apparel, accessories and fashion-related products from high-end fashion to mass merchandise.
Paris Menswear Fashion Week
Following hot on the heels of Milan Menswear Fashion Week, the French capital will showcase Fall 2012 ready-to-wear menswear. This prestigious menswear event attracts the likes of John Galliano, Givenchy, Dior Homme, Hermes and Lanvin. A newcomer to Paris Menswear Fashion Week for the January 2012 edition will be Parisian-based luxury men’s footwear brand Berluti, who will reveal its first menswear line. The collection has been designed by Alessandro Sartori, the man behind leading Italian menswear specialists Ermenegildo Zegna’s Z Zegna line.
Mercedes-Benz Berlin Fashion Week
The 10th season of Mercedes-Benz Berlin Fashion Week will welcome some of Germany’s most progressive couturiers. Confirmed designers include Anja Gockel, Augustin Teboul, Blacky Dress and Christina Duxa. All eyes will also be on Alexandra Kiesel, who was selected by a jury including Louis Vuitton creative director Marc Jacobs during the Peek Cloppenburg Designer for Tomorrow competition 2011. The graduate of Berlin’s Weissensee School of Art impressed thanks to a collection comprising color-block separates and strong shoulders.
26th Bread and Butter
This innovative trade fair is dedicated to contemporary clothing culture and streetwear. January’s Fall/Winter 2012 edition will have the theme High Fidelity, and will also feature two new concept areas focusing on add-on items and heritage brands. A new area called Treasury, dedicated to accessories, has also been revealed for January 2012, recognizing the increased importance of complementing accessory items to store collections. In terms of size and status, the event overshadows Berlin’s other contemporary fashion trade event PREMIUM (January 18-20) and Barcelona’s bi-annual urbanwear tradeshow The Brandery (January 27-29).
São Paulo Fashion Week
January 19 – 24
São Paulo, Brazil
Started in 1996, São Paulo Fashion Week has evolved into the most important fashion event in Latin America. Designers including Pedro Lourenço, Colcci and Jefferson Kulig feature in this season’s eclectic line-up.
Versace for HM
Online in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and UK
Following the success of the first Versace for HM collaboration, a second round of designs will go on sale exclusively online January 19 in countries where HM has e-commerce sites such as Sweden, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and the UK. Highlights include fruity printed dresses and casualwear.
110th Who’s Next Pret-à-Porter Paris
January 21 – 24
An event that overshadows other women’s wear fairs like Designers Agents (January, New York and subsequent Los Angeles and Paris editions) and Coterie (February, New York) in both its stature and scale, Who’s Next Pret-à-Porter Paris is not to be missed. Categories include Private; which hosts all the top international women’s ready-to-wear labels; Le Cube is a specialist leather good area; The Mr Brown category features more than 300 textile, shoe and accessory brands and Fame showcases top creative international women’s ready-to-wear brands. This exclusive selection is deliberately restricted to 200 exhibitors each season. Brands ranging from Day Birger et Mikkelsen, Fossil and Converse to American Retro and Antoine et Lili will be present this year. The subsequent season’s event will take place June 30 – July 3.
Haute Couture Fashion Week
Overriding smaller events such as Couture Fashion Week New York and Italy’s AltaRoma AltaModa Couture Fashion Week, this is the world’s leading haute couture week, reserved for dramatic fashion shows presenting out-of-this-world creations by designers including Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior and Chanel. This year Atelier Versace will participate, signaling a return to the couture calendar since its last appearance in 2004. Prada will also be celebrating the opening of a revamped store on Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré by showcasing at this year’s event.
Karl at Net-a-Porter
After past collaborations with American department store Macy’s and Swedish high street retailer HM, Karl Lagerfeld‘s latest affordable clothing line, called Karl, will go live exclusively at online fashion boutique Net-a-Porter January 25. The limited edition line will only be available on Net-a-Porter for four weeks, and is set to comprise around 70 items including biker jackets, sweaters, shirts and dresses. Register for updates at the following site: http://www.net-a-porter.com/karl.
New York Fashion Week
February 9- 16
New York, USA
The Big Apple kicks off the womenswear fashion week season in the major fashion capitals, with American creators including Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein showcasing their Fall 2012 ready-to-wear lines. Recently announced newcomers to the catwalk schedule include reality star-turned-designer Whitney Port, who will reveal the latest creations from her Whitney Eve clothing line.
London Fashion Week
February 17 – 21 (with menswear February 22)
This season British designer Stella McCartney will make her first ever London Fashion Week appearance for a one-off show. Another debut will come from the Alexander McQueen diffusion line, McQ, which also has a special show planned. A day dedicated to men’s fashion is scheduled for February 22.
Milan Fashion Week
February 22 – 28
Italy’s finest creators such as Dolce Gabbana, Armani and Prada will showcase their Fall/Winter 2012 collections at Milan’s fashion week.
Paris Fashion Week
Feb 28 – March 7
The queen of all fashion weeks concludes ready-to-wear show season with only the biggest names in fashion such as Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Lanvin. Despite their special one-off appearances at London Fashion Week in February, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen’s regular Fall/Winter 2012 shows will take place in usual at Paris Fashion Week.
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