Fashion week by numbers

Where one (such as myself for example) loves New York, the other swears by Milan. Meanwhile the real fashion followers can’t live without their annual dose of Paris. Style and taste are debatable topics, but the figures never lie. So I’ve clearly laid them all out for you. And what do you know? My favorite came out on top.

New York

Duration: 8 days

Number of shows: 277

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(Yes, really, 277 shows. But this is not completely fair. In New York the men’s and women’s shows are held at the same time, so this should be divided by two. But because I’m unashamedly biased, I’m not going to do that.)

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Enough seats for everyone: 110,000 (this is what I love about New York. Even if your name is not Anna Wintour, it is always possible to find a place to see something. It may be an unknown label, but hey, a seat is a seat.)

London

Duration: 5 days

Number of shows: 82

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Desirable shows and high end names can be found in London.

Think Temperley, Burberry Prorsum, Mary Katranzou, Mulberrry, Tom Ford and Topshop.

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Number of seats: 5000 Be prepared to battle it out for a place to sit.

Milan

Duration: 6 days

Number of shows: 137

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The shows in Milan are huge; Dolce&Gabbana, Marni, Moschino, Emilio Pucci, Geordio Armani, Prada, Gucci, MaxMara. And for those poor regular folk who were not invited to any shows, you can always go to the re-see where the collections are on display for everyone to have a close up look and feel of the work.

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Number of seats: 10.000. Milanesen are very warm people and try to open the doors of their shows to as many people as possible. There is always a glass of prosecco offered and a snacks served.

Paris

Duration: 9 days

Number of shows: 93

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Fashion upon fashion upon fashion is what you can find here and if you love fashion than you can’t miss out on Paris. Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Miu Miu, Valentino, Viktor&Rolf, Saint Laurent. The most devine and most outstanding creations can be found in the very busy schedule that is called Paris Fashion Week.

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Number of seats: 5000. No invite, no chance. Your only possibility to catch a glimpse of this spectacle is a foot in the door at a re-see or patiently waiting outside of the show venues.