Colcci at São Paulo Fashion Week

Juliana Jobour at São Paulo Fashion Week

Maria Escoté at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid

Rabaneda at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid

Anne Sofie Madsen at Copenhagen Fashion Week

Designers Remix at Copenhagen Fashion Week

Altewai Saome at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Stockholm

Marimekko at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Stockholm

Ginger & Smart at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia

Karla Spetic at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Skye and Staghorn at Mercedez Benz Fashion Week Australia

VISCAP Yuan Bing at Mercedes-Benz China Fashion Week

Wang Peiyi at Mercedes-Benz China Fashion Week

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In North America we’re blinded by the coverage of the most glamorous fashion weeks: New York, Paris, London and Milan… But there’s a whole world out there of fashion weeks and equally glamorous cities. From town to town and catwalk to catwalk, we’re taking you through the crème de la crème of international fashion weeks.

First we go to South America, where São Paulo Fashion Week was subtle and simple for fall/winter 2013. Rich colours, like the emerald greens seen at Colcci, were threaded throughout several designer collections, though not as much as one would imagine for such a vibrant city. Subtle patterns made their way on the runway, like the light tie-dye seen at Juliana Jabour. But overall, cream colours, soft shades, and neutral greys and beiges ruled the runway.

Next is Europe, at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid. In line with typical fall colours, burgundy’s, navy’s and neutrals made an appearance over and over again. Out of 32 showing designers, only a handful were bold in their choice of colour and patters, like Maria Escoté’s vibrant designs. The rest were mainly classic and simple, as seen at Rabandena.

Copenhagen Fashion Week, by far, had the most outrageous and unique designs. Knits were a staple seen in nearly each collection, like the version at Designers Remix. There was a clear lean towards grunge in Copenhagen, easily seen at Anne Sofie Madsen, with many designers channeling darker, rough around the edges styles.

Stockholm brought it all back to clean and modern shapes via Altewai Saome and other designers, while graphic and fun prints made the cut at shows like Marimekko, a Finnish brand, who stayed true to their 1960’s heritage of bold prints with a collection mixing soft organic patterns with colourful geometric ones.

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia, which just ended showing spring/summer 2013-14 (our North American winters are their summers), has been filled with prints in bright colours and fun cuts. Designers like Ginger & Smart and Karla Spetic did not shy away from vibrancy, while other designers focused on unique swim and beachwear, like the peplum bikini top at Skye and Staghorn, for all the beach goers down under.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week China had it all; prints, structure, and femininity, with each designer staying true to their own aesthetic. VISCAP Yuan Bing did full, head-to-toe prints while Wang Peiyi opted for darker designs in a nearly all-black show, while still maintaining a feminine touch to his designs. The array of styles shown for A/W display the versatility of Chinese designers, that were wishing will soon come to our side of the globe.

Though these designs might not compare to the lavishness of a Chanel show, or the luxury of Louis Vuitton, they’re certainly paving the path for global fashion, which is emerging more and more in this world. And they’re not the only ones; keep an eye out for next season’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tokyo and Fiji Fashion Week; who knew?

To see more of the fashion week’s mentioned above, click below:

São Paulo Fashion Week
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid
Copenhagen Fashion Week
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Stockholm
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia
Mercedes Benz China Fashion Week 
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo
Fiji Fashion Week

– Natacha Medeiros

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