Coco’s Closet: Fashion Forward

-Izzy Fernandes (‘20)

 

One can definitely see how the fashion world is more complex and influential than meets the eye. As Coco Chanel once said, Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, [and] what is happening”.

 

September is one of two months during which one of the largest events in fashion, New York Fashion Week, takes place. Designers from all over the world gather in New York to showcase their original pieces in individual shows from September 7th to the 14th. The shows have been planned for many months and must be executed perfectly as there is absolutely no room for even the smallest error. For designers, this is nerve-racking, as they are not only showing off their latest creations in hopes that they will be accepted, but also competing with the other designers for the unofficial title of ‘collection of the season’.

 

For celebrities, the shows are merely a beneficial form of entertainment. In attending, they see what styles they will be wearing for the next few months. Furthermore, they become a topic of conversation themselves and gain publicity in magazines for wearing unique pieces to the shows, designed by the hosts of the event themselves.

 

For those working at fashion magazines, the shows mean business, as they must be adept enough to perceive the most subtle commonalities between fashion lines to correctly predict what will be “in” this season. If done incorrectly, this could lose revenue for their magazine and could cost them their job if they are not a particularly senior employee.

 

September: the month that brings early mornings and groveling about school. Or at least complaints from kids attending other schools, as IA students have already adjusted by then. Nevertheless, in a parallel universe where “who” someone is wearing means more than their SAT score, September brings so much more.

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