Fashion week sweeps into New York City

By Abigail Keefe
September 16, 2005


New York City will be bursting with colorful outfits, pounding music and strutting models as Fashion Week descends on the city. From Sept. 15-19 the world’s hottest fashion designers take over Bryant Park in New York and display their newest styles for the fall. Fashion Week also provides new and upcoming designers the chance to show themselves to the world. Fashion Week is one New York’s most exciting events and a must for anyone in the designer clothing world.

First and foremost Fashion Week is the place where the most well known designers such as, Kenneth Cole, Perry Ellis, Anne Klein and Bill Blass, show off their new fall lines. This is the first chance people in the business get to see what the styles of fall are going to look like and make predictions on what is going to succeed in the ruthless world of designer fashion. Trend forecasters are a mainstay of fashion week and they provide big retailers such as Bloomingdales, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue with vital information on what to buy and what will sell.

Forecasting is by far the most vital part of the fashion world. Retailers are constantly looking for the style or trend that will put them one step ahead of the consumer. Survival in the retail world of high fashion is dependent upon the most unique and hottest trends that will convince the consumer that this particular store is above and beyond the rest.

Fashion Week also provides up and coming designers with a platform to make their first big impression on the world of fashion. Putting together a runway show to be a part of Fashion Week can cost thousands of dollars and determine the fate of years of hard work for a fashion designer in a little less than 15 minutes. Designers are under intense pressure to produce a unique and flawless product that will impress fashion moguls. Details such as hair, make up, models and music all have to be meticulously planned out and put together.

Fashion is a world where surviving requires ingenuity and creativity on the part of new young designers. The pressure of putting on a high quality show can break some new designers, while it elevates others to greatness. Fashion Week is truly the first real world test of those who want to compete in the world of high fashion.

So as the designers prepare a full scale onslaught of new and exciting fashion for the public, consumer aficionados prepare to get a first hand look at what to buy for the fall. Whether it is designer shoes costing upwards of 1, 000 dollars, or perhaps a chic blazer and skirt the public has proven that they are will to pay top dollar for the newest and hottest in the fashion universe.

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Abigail Keefe

Abigail Keefe is a Cabrini College student studying communications, enjoying her time in Radnor, Pennsylvania. Abbie loves working for the school newspaper, the Loquitur, and is also passionate about everything that the communication field has to offer.

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