What is Fashion Month?
Fashion Month is a four-week period which happens twice a year and is when top designers debut their latest collections in New York, London, Milan and Paris.
Continue reading to find out Model Village's show favourites from this season and which MV Babes stormed the catwalk for top designers and even walked for the Queen...
New York Fashion Week
Flower power with Tory Burch
The romance was in the air during #NYFW, with an elegant theme of couture noted throughout Tory Burch's show. This season Tory Burch switched up the setting of a classic autumn/winter theme, presenting a catwalk covered in pink flowers to brighten up Manhattan!
Her effortless style was captured through each model's elegant silhouettes as they wore a mixture of soft and vibrant colour schemes. Since launching her label in 2004, Burch's $3.5 billion empire has made her one of the richest self-made woman designers in America! Burch's beautiful twists on the classic runway show that she definitely knows how to make designs that sell and create an Instagram-friendly atmosphere!
Alexander Wang's Corporate Takeover
For his final show during the traditional NYFW calendar, Wang took over the old Condé Nast building at 4 Times Square. Wang merged together the 'working girl' look with The Matrix. The runway was staged amongst the Conde Nast office space, bringing the '9-5' vibes to life and inspiring the fashion community's wardrobe!
Calvin Klein Stages Its Show On A Bed of Popcorn!
This season Raf Simons covered the floor of the former American Stock Exchange building in a sea of popcorn for the Calvin Klein show! The show invitations even included a bag of popcorn wrapped in a silver envelope!
However it wasn't just a 'Netflix and Chill' vibe, but an artistic statement to emphasise a darker collection that explored the history and future of America. The show space included artwork by the famous artist Andy Warhol, who was a leader in the visual art movement known as pop art. The show was described by Harpers Bazaar as "complex mashup of American identity and politics."
London Fashion Week
Christopher Bailey showcased his final Burberry collection
Every season, Burberry's #LFW shows have captured fashion news, with the images swarming catwalk inspiration for seasons to come. This season, the Burberry AW18 collection was no different, with high anticipation to see what Christopher Bailey would bring to reveal his last collection for the quintessentially British brand.
The front row included every notable fashion icon from Chelsea Clinton, Keira Knightley, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and more. Models walked down the runway which was full of colour and themed around LGBTQ youth, with fluorescent lazar lights illuminating the models.
Model of the Year and model-activist Adwoa Aboah opened the show in a rainbow-covered skirt. British supermodel Cara Delevingne returned exclusively to the runway for the show and was seen wearing a rainbow printed coat. This showstopper collection was the perfect way to mark the end of Baileys successful career and made tribute to the chief creative officer and president.
The Queen attended #LFW for the first time!
Richard Quinn presented his second collection since graduating from the Central Saint Martins' MA programme in 2016. Quinn won the Emerging British Talent award, presented by the Queen as she attended her first ever front row appearance at #LFW!
The Queen sat next to Vogue's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour as they watched the models walk down the runway, including MV Babe Denisa Ciocoiu! The Queen's appearance at #LFW boosted both Quinn's identity as a designer but also London Fashion Week, establishing the royal British mark on this season and of course creating a fabulous photo opportunity.
MV Babes rocked the runway at #LFW
As always the MV Babes stormed the catwalk this season after successfully nailing their castings for #LFW. A wonderful well done to all our #MVModelMembers who participated! Here are just a few highlights from this season's shows in London...
Gucci took fashion accessories to a whole new world this Fashion Month! The show featured models walking down the runway with unique accessories, including everything from human heads to dragons!
On Instagram, Gucci defined the show's concept which aimed to: "reflect the work of a designer—the act of cutting, splicing and reconstructing materials and fabrics to create a new personality and identity with them. The materials used are typical of an operating room and the environment around it: PVC on the walls and floors, fire doors with panic-bars, LED lamps, and plastic chairs like those in a waiting room."
This new inspiring collection definitely switched things up, showing that nothing is too crazy in fashion and Gucci still knows how to design eye-catching statement pieces!
Gigi Hadid presented her last collection with Tommy Hilfiger
After two years and four collections, Gigi Hadid showcased her final hit collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger. Over 2,000 people watched the show with the interior designed as an indoor race track, the catwalk was lined with Formula 1 cars and merchandise stores so that the audience could shop the catwalk.
MV Babe Fran Summers walking for #TommyXGigi.
Did you know that the racing track catwalk was one of the longest ever created at 212 metres? Gigi Hadid went around the catwalk three times in total clocking up a whopping 636 metres walked! The supermodel line up included Joan Smalls, Hayley Baldwin, Dilone, Snoop’s son Cordell Broadus and MV Babe Fran Summers!
Drones and Princesses featured on The Runway at Dolce and Gabanna!
Dolce and Gabbana's latest show was a true declaration of love to fashion and even featured millennial royals walking down the runway! Princess Diana's Niece Lady Kitty Spencer was spotted on the catwalk alongside other royalty and models including MV Babe Marie Hallen!
Did you also know that the show was opened by drones which flew down the catwalk carrying bags as Dolce & Gabbana presented their “Secrets & Diamonds" collection!? Audience members were even asked to turn off Wi-Fi on their phones, as well as any personal hot spots!
Paris Fashion Week
Dior's 1960 Protest
This season Dior created a 1960's protest runway show at Paris Fashion Week. The female first artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri utilized Dior's runways and collections to empower women. As featured in Elle Magazine Maria "channelled the resistance culture amongst students of the 1960s to advocate for women's equality." The show space itself was held at Musée Rodin and was decorated with collages of protest signs reading things like Hillary Clinton's famous 1995 quote, "Women's Rights Are Human Rights."
The runway opened with a thick knit sweater reading "C'est Non Non Non et Non!" (which translates to "It's no no no and no!") while another sweater featured an oversized peace sign. Maria made her message for Dior's show loud and clear especially following last seasons feminist slogan T-Shirts. The show marked a powerful statement to show that she's proven that tapping into the feminist movement isn't just a one-season "trend" for the brand.
Giambattista Valli's Glitter explosion!
Giambattista Valli created a glitter explosion during his show in Paris this season! Valli captivated his audience by sending the models down a graffiti-covered concrete catwalk wearing a full glitter face mask! The models dazzled under the lights and reflected the beauty of Valli's designs, creating the perfect Instagram-friendly look!
MV Babes rocked the runway at #PFW
Check out some of our favourite looks from the MV Babes during Paris Fashion Week this season...