52 weeks in a year may not be enough. New York, Paris, London and Milan have set the standard, and the rest of the world is scrambling to get in on the action. Bi-annual or annual Fashion Weeks are no longer limited to the universal fashion capitols, and frankly it’s kind of inspiring to see smaller hubs across the country and around the globe put themselves on the runway radar. I recently had the privilege of attending NoVa Fashion Week here in D.C., and all in all it was a great opportunity to network and showcase rising local talent. Photos to come! But in the meantime, I’ve felt inspired to take note of other less-publicized fashion weeks.
Chicago Fashion Week
Frei Design‘s Annie Novotny is a Chicago-based eco-minded fashionista whose products are 80% organic, with no agrochemicals. She even ships with recycled materials only—that’s putting your money where your mouth is. Photos here are from her Fall 2010 collection at the Vert Couture show.
Melissa Basewell, designer for Mountains of the Moon, created a line that promotes her vision of discovering nature in urban environments. Her “Smart. Sustainable. Style.” is definitely worth checking out!
Lakme Fashion Week – Mumbai, India
Bollywood stars Malaika Arora Khan (seen here in Mandira Wirk’s Humble Luxe collection) and Deepika Padukone (for designer duo Gauri and Nainika) were show-stoppers in these gorgeous gowns.
ELLE Fashion Week in Bangkok, Thailand
Although this sartorial display is sponsored by ELLE, the week features 15 different runways shoes by Thailand’s leading designers. The following are excerpts from the Senada and Hook clothing lines.