Fashion Week Spring 2008: Yea or Nay?

Yes, my loves..
New York City Fashion Week 2008 is now upon us.

For like the 8th time (no joke), I’ll be reporting from the tents and focusing, as usual, on how to get the trends for less.  I really struggled with whether I should attend this fashion week because, like everything in our world, it has become so celebrity focused and so over exposed (who isn’t covering fashion week??). One show I went to was 45 minutes late cause people were trying to interview celebrities. At another show, Ashlee Simpson sat front row, but refused to be interviewed or photographed by the press.

The only reason that a celebrity attends a FW show is to be photographed or to support the designer or both. Most celebrities and socialites get private showings at the designers showroom. Editors like Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley, etc have stopped going to all, but a few key shows.

So is fashion week really necessary? It used to be the time where all the press and buyers can see a collection at once.. but with the rise of the internet, does everyone really need to be in NYC to report on the trends?  Especially when everyone writes pretty much the same thing?

Fashion Week: Yea or Nay?

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  1. lisa says

    I think its a shame that celebrities have taken over and ruined fashion week like they ruin pretty much everything else. But I think fashion week should go on because its a tradition. I think its the responsibility of the designers to stop inviting celebs to their shows. They should have confidence in their work and not need celebrities to get attention or recognition. The only people who belong at these shows are fashion editors and other people in the fashion industry.

  2. says

    I still enjoy the hoopla surrounding Fashion Week because of my love affair with all things fashion. I enjoy reading all the reviews and the Internet has made the event much more accessible for us non-New York dwellers. But since there is a ton of coverage on the collections, I don’t write about it on my site. I don’t think that the average person is interested in Fashion Week because it’s like an exclusive club for the rich and famous.

  3. says

    I think the internet has changed the way we’ve received news and fashion. Fashion Week shows are no longer exclusive because of blogs and fashion websites, and I appreciate that. If it wasn’t for the internet, I would not be as plugged into fashion as I am.

    Magazines have an editorial bent and a particular demographic, so they’re not going to show all of the clothes and trends revealed at fashion week if it doesn’t fall into their editorial scheme. Fashion blogs, in my honest opinion, are gonzo journalists. Fashion muckrackers! They uncover everything.

    I need the TBF to tell me the trends at Fashion Week and how I can affordably translate them. I need a plus-size woman fashion blogger to attend fashion week to tell me how to translate the new styles for my size. As many fashion magazines as there are, none are geared toward plus-sized budget conscious women, but there are blogs that are.

    Bloggers have and are making fashion week and fashion shows inclusive. Magazines sell the exclusivity and the dream. Bloggers give the real life.

    Personally, I don’t care about the celebrities at all. I’m all about watching the clothes. Nothing distracts me from looking at the clothes.

  4. Judy says

    Fashion week…smashion week.  That’s why I read the TBF…my eyes glaze over when I see too much of this stuff which is now almost UNAVOIDABLE because the fashion industry needs more and more hype to make money…and yes, everyone, is covering these mega events.  It’s kind of the like the award shows…there are so many that they become kind of meaningless instead of something to look forward to.

    Thank god Kathryn breaks it down for us and that’s good news for ME. She gives us news we can use to borrow a phrase.

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