Fashion collections. Let’s talk fashion. Yes, in its most literal sense.
It is possible that many times we have heard or seen the news about some designer’s new fashion show. Maybe about some spring-summer collection or words like Prêt-à-porter, without really knowing what they mean.
Today, we will clear up any doubts and learn more about this fascinating world. And to understand how it works.
First of all, you need to know what a fashion collection is.
A fashion collection is a set of clothes or accessories related to each other. Either because they chose the theme to create the collection, a particular style, or its link with the brand making it.
The fashion collections originate from publicizing an idea, an inspiration that a stylist has through his designs. One where they combine colors, textures, types of fabrics, techniques, specific cuts, among others.
Also, these can take inspiration in any element of nature, some artistic, urban, industrial trend, etc.
Usually, the collections are made up of 2 types of products. The basic ones with a long duration or permanence in the market and the limited or fashionable ones, whose existence is for a certain period of time.
This way, we find collections of 12 pieces, which is the usual amount or less, such as 8.
There is no rule in this aspect since there is no maximum amount required for launches. So everything will depend on the budget or sales strategy of the designer or fashion house that launches it.
What kind of fashion collections are there?
We already knew the basics, so now let’s talk about what kind of fashion collections there are.
In the world of fashion, there are three types of base collections. These have endured over time, giving space to include two more classes.
It is the translation of the French that means high fashion. For instance, this type of collection consists of luxury and custom pieces, totally by hand.
Which include loaded embroidery, precious stones, refined and high-quality fabrics, luxurious details.
As a curious fact, we tell you that the term Haute Couture has copyright.
And to make use of it in any collection, the brand must be registered with the Chamber of the Parisian Haute Couture Union (Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne) and meet with a series of requirements.
What does ready to wear mean?
It is a type of collection that makes pieces of clothing in large quantities or in series.
We usually find basic pieces preserving their quality and, in particular garments, luxurious details.
The sizes are usually standard so that a more significant number of people can access them.
Fast fashion is not a kind of collection or exclusive clothing type.
It is mass production of clothing in which details, material quality, design, or projection of durability are not a priority.
Usually, they are replicas, copies, or models inspired by clothing from the big brands. People consider it cheap fashion and therefore does not have exclusivity.
Cruise or Resort
As its name indicates, it is a collection that Coco Chanel created in response to the need for a summer wardrobe for her clients.
Currently, it is full of timeless garments and fresh materials.
They are collections that brands design to be in the market typically between each great season.
It comprises a few pieces (it could be a maximum of 15), which must go together and complement each other.
They are collections with a specific commercial objective. And mainly, the brands seek to have a constant presence in the market with this type of launch.
How to define a fashion collection?
The definition of a fashion collection deals with the steps of the process itself to produce a collection to be launched.
Brands usually launch two significant collections a year. The first in the summer and the second in autumn-winter seasons, determined by the weather.
Both focus on making clothing suitable for the time they will release them.
So, in addition to the time in which a collection will be out, aspects such as:
Target audience: Everyone. It can be exclusively for men, women, teenagers, or children.
Time to wear: pool days, weddings, etc.
Style: everything (period, objects) on which the stylist and designer will be inspired to create the collection. For example, a collection inspired by the 1920s and will later also inspire its name.
Materials: a selection of the fabrics you´re going to use, as well as the appliqués, details, and accessories to complement.
Quantity: You define the number of garments that the collection will have. Including accessories (shoes, hats, handbags, etc.) and how they can match each other.
Sketches: The sketches of the designs contain excellent definitions. Including the colors and samples of the fabrics to overview the final result.
Patterns: We make and cut the patterns to start making each garment. And to show to potential customers, like color samples and a garment catalog.
Runway: it is the private or public display of the collection. Publicly, it is what we know as fashion shows.
What are the most critical catwalks in the world?
Ten most important fashion shows.
Fashion shows are events in which great designers and new ones in the field of Fashion present their collections to the world.
Fashion week is a significant event. To sum up, it annually brings together the best design with an endless public made up of the most famous artists and socialites.
As a result, they are famous events that the media follows closely.
That is why we name you which are the ten most relevant catwalks in the world:
Paris Fashion Week
It began in 1973, thanks to a fashion show organized by the government. Made to raise funds for the Palace of Versailles, where this event is held to this day.
New York Fashion Week
It was held for the first time in 1943, thanks to the initiative of New York designers. Who, due to World War II, could not go to Paris, thus becoming the first fashion week in the world.
Tokyo Fashion Week
Also known as Japan Fashion Week and Mercedes-Benz-Fashion-Week Tokyo. It certainly is the most significant fashion week in Japan and the Asian continent.
Milan Fashion Week
It is one of the most critical parades. It is also the Italian fashion representation and shares the number 4 position worldwide and New York Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week.
London Fashion Week
It has more than 60 years of travel. It takes place in February and September at Somerset House, located in the heart of London.
Madrid Fashion Week
People also know it as Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Madrid. Which, together with Barcelona Fashion Week, are part of the most fundamental runways in the world.
Berlin Fashion Week
It originated in 2007 and took place twice a year.
Australia Fashion Week
It was created to give Australian and Pacific designers visibility. And above all, gain influence over time be current nowadays. Besides, it has the particularity that you can buy the garments directly at the end of each show.
India Fashion Week
It started in 2000, takes place in New Delhi, and is sponsored by Amazon India.
Los Angeles Fashion Week
It takes place twice a year. And firstly, it was founded to showcase designers from Los Angeles and California.
Do you already know which one to attend? Thanks to technology today, we can enjoy this event more closely and live. So, make yourself comfortable and enjoy the best of fashion at the next Fashion Week.