New York & London Fashion Week – Your Guide:
With Britain’s biggest consumer fashion showcase, London Fashion Week, starting in February and New York’s Fashion Week kicking off yesterday, we felt it only right to give you a ‘fashion week’ what’s what low down.
Each year, 232,000+ attendees grace the streets of New York for Fashion Week accounting for more than $466 million in direct visitor spending and more than $40 million annually is spent on meals at local restaurants; nearly $30 million on taxis, car service, and public transportation; and an additional $56 million at area hotels. This is big business!
New York Fashion Week is held twice a year held in February and September, usually lasting between 7–9 days, when international fashion collections are shown to buyers, the press and the general public. It consists of numerous branded events, including Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York and MADE Fashion Week, as well as many accompanying independent fashion productions in close proximity.
The end of February brings the 61st edition of London Fashion Week, showcasing 78 designers on a schedule that boasts some of the world’s most powerful creative talent. The opening day will highlight the UK’s inimitable reputation for fashion education as the largest reunion of Central Saint Martins graduates will gather to honour the memory of the late Professor Louise Wilson OBE.
The catwalk showcases designers displaying their ready-to-wear collection on the runway to an audience of 350+ with one specified time slot and no repeat shows/sittings. For four days, the magnificent Somerset House plays host to Britain’s biggest biannual consumer fashion showcase. Here’s just some of the impressive stats:
• £46billion total contribution from the UK fashion industry
• £26billion direct contribution to the UK economy from the UK fashion industry
• £10.7billion spent on fashion online in the UK
• £160million media coverage on LFW each season
• £100million of orders placed during LFW each season
• 797,000 jobs supported by the UK fashion industry
• 329,800 mentions of #LFW on Twitter during LFW SS15 in September
• 120,000 images tagged #LFW on Instagram during LFW SS15
• 32,000 miles driven between shows by Mercedes Benz chauffeurs
• 30,000 Lavazza espressos served and 200kg of Lavazza coffee beans used
Here at Saloukee, we have plans for the catwalk, so just watch this space but until we’re able to share that exciting news with you, we thought we’d share the stylish talent of two recent fashion shoots our jewellery was involved to wet your appetite.
The first was with London-based fashion stylist Christobelle Batchelor as part of her collaborations with photographer Katie Blench in a series of editorials, Saloukee featured in their edgy ‘Venus & Adonis’ shoot. In exploring colour, texture and post-production effects, Christobelle combines cultures, nostalgia and fantasy, creating iconic imagery.