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World’s Top Fashion Events in 2021

Fashion doesn’t stop. It constantly changes with new formats, but does not give up on fashion shows, which have officially become phygital (physical and digital). Read our article and discover the best fashion events scheduled for 2021.

If you are passionate about fashion, you have to follow what happens in the world’s top fashion events – they are the best place to find new fashion trends.

A fashion show is an event organized by fashion designers or stylists to showcase their upcoming line of clothing and/or accessories.

The shows debut every season, particularly in the Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter seasons. This is where the latest fashion trends are made.

The display of the clothes on the runway is often an intellectual and artistic construction of the designer’s ideas. The public has the task of interpreting them, while appreciating the details and workmanship of every single item.

Many of the contemporary designers tend to produce their own shows as if they were theatrical performances, with additional elements such as live music and technology components.

Here is our list of the world’s most famous fashion events of 2021:

Pitti Uomo

  • Website: Pitti Uomo
  • Location: Florence, Italy
  • Dates: January 12, 2021

The first fashion event to mark on the calendar is Pitti Uomo. Pitti Immagine Uomo presents the men’s clothing and accessories collections from the best international designers twice a year.

The event is the meeting point par excellence for buyers from all over the world who focus on the quality of Made in Italy of famous and emerging international brands.

Its origins date back to the 1950s, when the success of Florentine artisan tailors began to grow on the international scene. More precisely, the origins of Pitti Uomo date back to 12 February 1952, with an event called First Italian High Fashion Show, and originally dedicated to women’s fashion.

From Tuesday 12 January, Pitti Uomo is online on Pitti Connect, Pitti’s innovative and revolutionary digital platform that will host special events and fashion projects. The digital format of the 99th edition of Pitti Uomo will remain online until the end of March.

In this edition, Pitti Uomo will be divided into three areas to give representation to the classic-contemporary world (Fantastic Classic), sportswear and the outdoors (Dynamic Attitude) and research (SuperStyling).

“The Pitti Connect platform is greatly renewed compared to last summer“, says Poletto, general manager. The new functions have been designed and built for the needs of companies in their relationship with buyers in order to give exhibitors the opportunity to release more content.

Paris Haute Couture Week

  • Website: Paris Haute Couture
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Dates: January 25-28, 2021 and July 4-8, 2021

By definition, Haute Couture is the creation of exclusive custom-fit clothing which is meticulously crafted by the industry’s most skilled artisans. Its origins are attributed to Charles Frederick Worth who founded the first true Couture House in 1858.

The Haute Couture collections are usually presented twice a year, in January and in July. This year, the Spring/Summer collection was presented from 25 to 28 January 2021, while the Autumn/Winter one will be presented from 4 to 8 July.

New York Fashion Week

Although there are many famous fashion weeks around the world, only four are known as the “Big Four“: New York, London, Milan and Paris.

In general, the New York Fashion Week is the first to kick off the Fashion Week season twice a year, taking place at the beginning of February.

The first New York Fashion Week was created in 1943 by Eleanor Lambert, press director of the New York Dress Institute, the American fashion industry’s first promotional organization.

This year, the shortened New York Fashion Week was held from 14 to 17 February 2021. CFDA chairman Tom Ford renamed the official New York Fashion Week schedule to the “American Collections Calendar” to reflect the growing number of American designers showing in locations outside of New York.

The presentations can be viewed through Runway360, the CFDA’s digital platform and on Some shows will be streamed through each designer’s social media accounts.

London Fashion Week

The London Fashion Week is the shortest and the youngest of the Big 4 fashion weeks, lasting just 5 days, and quickly following the New York Fashion Week.

The first official London Fashion Week took place in October 1983 and its location was a car park.

This year, the London Fashion Week took place from 19 to 23 February 2021 on, a digital platform, where people can access not just the collections, but also additional multi-media content, including interviews with designers, podcasts and e-commerce.

The schedule included 95 designers: 34 women, 22 men, 29 unisex and 10 accessory brands. Most of the collections are presented in a virtual format via its “Official LFW Digital Hub” virtual platform.

Milan Fashion Week

  • Website: Milan Fashion Week
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Dates: January 15-19 and February 23 – March 1, 2021

The Milan Fashion Week is held twice a year in Milan, Italy. The Spring/Summer Show Event is held in September/October, while the Fall/Winter one is held in February/March.

The Italian fashion week owes its origin to Giovanni Battista Giorgini who, inspired by Eleanor Lambert, the mother of fashion week, organized a series of shows at Palazzo Pitti in Florence.

Thanks to him, Italian fashion gained international legitimacy, but due to problems of overcrowding in the city of Florence, fashion shows were moved to Milan where, in 1975, the first Fashion Week took place.

The 2021 edition of Milan Fashion Week took place in its “Phygital” version, with physical events and digital presentations and it was open only to journalists, photographers, buyers and professionals in the sector.

From January 15th to 19th, men’s fashion week included 5 live fashion shows and 32 digital contents that was visible on the Camera Moda platform.

For the women’s collection, from 23 February to 1 March, the fashion week included 124 appointments in the calendar: 61 fashion shows, 57 presentations, of which 15 physical and 42 digital and 6 other events.

Paris Fashion Week

  • Website: Paris Fashion Week
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Dates: January 19-24, 2021 and March 1-9, 2021

Finally, the Paris Fashion Week is the last of the year of the Big 4 and the longest one lasting 9 days.

The first Paris fashion week was conceived in 1973 by the Fédération Française de la Couture and it was held at the palace of Versailles, while in recent years it has been held in the Carrousel du Louvre.

This year, Paris held the fashion week dedicated to men’s collections for Fall/Winter 2020/2021 from January 19th to 24th.

The one dedicated to the women’s collection will be held from 1 to 9 March. For the Spring/Summer collection the dates announced are: from 22nd to 27th June for men and from 27th September to 5th October for women.

Tokyo Fashion Week

Hosted by the Japan Fashion Week Organization, the Tokyo Fashion Week is held biannually with the Autumn/Winter collection in March and the Spring/Summer one in October.

Since 2005, Tokyo has been climbing the social ladder and is looking to expand the group to the “Big 5”.

This year, Rakuten Fashion Week TOKYO 2021 A/W is scheduled for March 15-20, 2021. Japan’s latest creations are showcased to the world at Shibuya Hikarie and Omotesando Hills as well as other locations in Tokyo.

Shanghai Fashion Week

The Shanghai Fashion Week is held two times every year in Shanghai and it is part of the Shanghai International Fashion Culture Festival which usually lasts for a month.

The first edition of the Shanghai Fashion Week was in 2001. Supported by the Ministry of Commerce, it is a business and cultural event hosted by the Shanghai Municipal Government.

For the 2021 edition, Shanghai Fashion Week has been postponed to early April according to internal sources, although it hasn’t been officially announced yet.

Met Gala

  • Website: Met Gala
  • Location: New York, U.S.
  • Dates: n/a

Another famous fashion event is the Met Gala. Also known as the “Met Ball”, it is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City.

The first edition of the Met Gala took place in 1948 and was aimed at raising funds for the new Costume Institute. Nowadays, all exhibitions serve to place fashion within the context of contemporary culture.

The dates of this year’s event have not been announced yet. Last year, the theme was “About Time: Fashion and Duration”, but due to the Coronavirus, but the physical event was canceled and became digital.

Many celebrities contributed to the online programming of the event which was broadcast on the Vogue America Youtube channel on 4 and 5 May, 2020.

CFDA Fashion Awards

The CFDA Fashion Awards is an event organized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, which honors excellence in fashion design in America. For this reason, it has been called “the Oscars of fashion“.

The first awards issued by the Association were in 1984 with a Lifetime Achievement Award to the stylist James Galanos. Subsequently, different award categories were defined which were then standardized at the end of the 1990s.

The 2020 edition was the first in digital mode and was broadcast through the Runway360 online platform on September 14. The winners were announced by Tom Ford in a video posted on the digital platform of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

The CFDA did not comment on the possibility of repeating the men’s event experienced last year. However, on 26th February, he is launching IMPACT a new, multi-faceted initiative to create opportunities for historically underrepresented and unsupported communities in fashion.

As CFDA states, “IMPACT will identify, connect, support, and nurture Black and Brown creatives and professionals in fashion, furthering CFDA’s mission to advance American fashion by including diverse talent in every facet of the industry’s ecosystem.”

Green Carpet Fashion Awards

In conclusion, the Green Carpet Fashion Awards is an innovative event that was created to promote and reward fashion houses and emerging designers who are committed to making their products sustainable and ethical.

Since 2017, the National Chamber of Italian Fashion and Eco-Age, a sustainability consultancy agency founded by Livia Firth, annually confer an award to stylists, entrepreneurs and artisans who have encouraged sustainability in the fashion sector.

Last year, the fourth edition of the GCFAs was broadcast on Saturday 10 October on Sky Uno. They was also broadcast during Shanghai Fashion Week where a special event was held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the relationship between Italy and China.

As Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana states, “the show combines cinematic footage with a combination of augmented reality and visual effects, with the world’s best talents and commentators appearing as holograms”.

The dates of this year’s event has not been announced yet.

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