Not Your Average Fashion Week 2014
As we said our goodbyes to New York Fashion Week and a warm welcome to London Fashion Week, now is a great time to reflect on the many incredible pieces that have been walking down the runways these past few weeks. Although this year I chose not to participate in the festivities, I kept a close eye on my computer screen, watching every live show I possibly could. While Fashion Week came with the usual amount of intriguing street style, and well-dressed editors and bloggers, the biggest thing I noticed this year was something very out of the ordinary, designer uniqueness. I don't mean to imply that not all designers are unique, because they are all talented in their own way. However, there were some specific designers that went completely out of the box and made not just artistic fashion statements, but cultural and ethical statements as well. Instead of your usual Fashion Week report, I want to explore with you the three main things that made this Fashion Week unlike any other.
1. I will start off light, with a design aesthetic that very much differs from the usual clothing you would see on the runways. While Paris Fashion Week is often known for couture designs that would not be sold in retail stores, a few New York and London designers decided to put their own extremely artistic twist into their collections. These looks were not just clothing, not just runway, but a piece of art, and amazing ones at that.[gallery ids="2862,2863,2864,2865,2866,2867"]
2. In celebration of his company's 5th year of amazing business, Prabal Gurung used his collection to speak out about many important cultural topics. The first being his love for his home country Nepal. Through his many projects, he always gives back to his birthplace, and this year he even used their culture for his inspiration. His second platform is empowering women. Any interview you watch, he speaks about his love for female independence and empowerment, which he expresses through his sophisticated designs. CNN interviewed Prabal about his newest runway show and the anniversary of his company - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMRXAeIeqoE
3. Last but not least, the biggest statement, in truly amazing way, was made by designer Carrie Hammer who hosted the first wheel-chair bound model. I can't find words to express what an incredible act this was, so check it out for yourself - http://elitedaily.com/news/world/woman-becomes-first-wheelchair-hit-runway-new-york-fashion-week/
In the always chaotic and sometimes self-centered world that is the fashion industry, it is very compelling to see designers use their fame to spread great art and pure ethics. I only hope that others will follow in their paths and continue to make such great statements through their talents.