When someone says ‘fashion week’ most people automatically think ‘London, New York, Paris or Milan.’ However, while these may be the most well known, they’re really just the tip of a sartorial iceberg. And when it comes to finding the most exciting emerging designers and labels you often have to depart these four fashion capitals to do so. If you, like us, love new labels and pioneering fashion brands then you might want to widen out your seasonal catwalk watching to include a few of the below (or you could just keep up with our coverage).
Berlin Fashion Week
Autumn/Winter: January, Spring/Summer: July
Berlin has some serious style credentials and you’ll find some of the most innovative labels here when it comes to exploring textures and aesthetics you may not have yet realised you loved. Alumni include Hien Le, La La Berlin, Marina Hoermanseder, Steinrohner, Ewa Herzog.
Belgrade Fashion Week
Autumn/Winter: March/April, Spring/Summer: October
Belgrade is a hot bed of new fashion talent – the legendary Roksanda hails from this part of the world, as well as burgeoning new talents such as Sonja Jocic, Ana Ljubinkovic and Budlislava. Across the last couple of seasons kitsch pastels and bright, bold shades have jumped off the Belgrade catwalks.
Vancouver Fashion Week
Autumn/Winter: March, Spring/Summer: September
Vancouver Fashion Week has been attracting up and coming designers from all over the world for 28 seasons now. Innovators such as Erdem, Patrick Cox and Devon Halfnight Leflufy all hail from Canada and Vancouver Fashion Week is a goldmine of talent – Kakopieros, Armine Ohanyan, Machio Mizumachi and Viktoria Tisza (worn by Beyonce on tour) have all shown here.
Copenhagen Fashion Week
Autumn/Winter: February, Spring/Summer: August
One of the largest Nordic fashion events, Copenhagen Fashion Week delivers plentifully when it comes to that classic, minimal playful style. Labels that have shown here include Baum und Pferdgarten, Astrid Andersen, By Malene Birger, Henrik Vibskov and Haervaerk.
Tbilisi Fashion Week
Autumn/Winter: April, Spring/Summer: October
Sitting at the crossover between Asia and Europe, Georgia is a former Soviet republic with a very fashion forward capital. Tbilisi Fashion Week showcases mostly local designers and when we visited we discovered some awesome new talents, including Lako Bukia, Mariam Gvsalia, George Shaghashvilii and Dalood. In addition to Tbilisi Fashion Week there is also Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi, established in 2015 with a more countrywide focus (May and November) – obviously there’s just that much talent in the region they needed two.
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Lisbon Fashion Week
Autumn/Winter: March, Spring/Summer: October
ModaLisboa self-describes as Europe’s oldest independent fashion week and has quietly established itself as a destination for new talent. David Ferreira – the Fashion Scout AW16 Merit Award Winner – shows here every year. The catwalks of Lisbon are colourful and creative – other names to note include Christophe Sauvat, Rita Alfonso, Rita Carvalho, Dino Alves and Mariana Laurencia.
Stockholm Fashion Week
Autumn/Winter: January, Spring/Summer: August
Launched in 2005, Stockholm Fashion Week is a must-watch for fans of Scandi-fashion and is renowned for the sartorial savvy of attendees – the ‘street style’ from Stockholm Fashion Week is some of the most monitored outside of the main shows. Labels with Stockholm credentials include ATP Atelier, Baumgarten Di Marco, Haal, House of Dagmar, Naim Josefi, Valerie and Ida Sjostedt.