Women’s Wear Daily Magazine Spring 2006 issue has an eye-opening article on all the troubles of the various mainstream fashion weeks around the globe. Some of the issues include New York’s “paparazzi frenzy”, Milan’s compressed schedule, and Paris’ spread out distances for the various shows.
The report goes on to state that the shows have become more a marketing and hype event, where the original intent was about using the venue to display new lines to buyers and the press. Various designers wax philosophical on the need of having celebrities, sponsors and others not directly related to the industry at the shows. The end result is that as the fashion week phenomena grows, the orginal purpose of the shows may change.
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Link to Women’s Wear Daily Feature (subscription required)