Fashion Week 101

Photo by Lindsey FreitasToday marks the beginning of Fashion Week in New York-where designers showcase their looks for Spring 2015. The store windows are works of art, the streets are filled with off-duty models and wildly dressed attendees and there is an unmistakable buzz in the air. We asked Mary Alessandra of TwentyThree  to share her perspective on Fashion Week.

Mary Alessandra: Rad Person 001 is a recent graduate of Parson’s School of Design in New York, blogger, photographer and designer, now living in dreamy and warm Santa Monica, CA.

FASHION WEEK DECODED by MARY ALESSANDRA

shoes-postFashion Week, which kicks off today in New York, is a bi-annual event (September and February) in the major fashion capitals around the world.  Designers will preview their Spring 2015 collections for buyers and the media with shows happening at Lincoln Center and other interesting locations all over the city. From New York, Fashion Weeks move to London, Milan and then Paris, resulting in Fashion Month. While each city has it’s own style, the energy is the same everywhere: electric.

In recent years, designers have been live streaming their shows and New York Fashion Week Live is a great place to watch the shows and view the schedule. For photos of individual looks, STYLE.COM publishes in real time, but beware-this site is addicting.

 eyopabr21JPB0WI21zbE1orjavjYs80AwAE7C5mxCuU,OeTYg24iUurJxya6sizN1KsyVKhb7wIb1ZpLIJrpohE,oTVbCk8RyjOci0qAFwxK9YFwiNUT-dKucqOzB5q2GZIWhile the “fashion” was once confined to the tents, for me, the real show is on the street.  Everywhere you look you see well-dressed show goers (the fashion editors, stylists, buyers, bloggers, celebrities and of course, Anna) dashing from show to show perfectly styled. No matter if the outfit is flashing with sequins and neon lights or is just a beautiful, simple suit, there is beauty, conventional and unconventional, everywhere you look.

For all the Street Style goodness my favorites are Scott Schuman, aka The Sartorialist,  Tommy Ton for Style.com and YoungJun Koo for The Cut.

Finally, because I’m feeling a little nostalgic about missing my first Fashion Week in four years, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite street style photos I’ve taken during New York, Paris, and London Fashion Weeks (I’m coming for you Milan!) I hope you enjoy!

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   Profile photo courtesy of Lindsey Freitas all other photos by Mary Alessandra