When we think of fashion week, we usually think of extravagant head pieces, dramatic make-up, and clothing that is so avant-garde it can sometimes seem unwearable. Not all collections are the same - and in fact, most are beautiful, unique and inspiring. However, many of us aren't going to necessarily sport a feathered, big bird yellow coat to our jobs. We could, but we don’t. So why do designers spend so much time and money to showcase these elaborate fashions on the runway?
It’s art. That’s why. Fashion week is meant to showcase a designer's artistic expression of fashion. It’s meant to get us excited about fashion beyond the limits of what we eventually see in stores. There may be a theme or color or aesthetic that will ultimately be translated into more wearable fashions.
On the runway, designers are not bound by rules or pre-conceptions. They are using clothing as a form of art, just as any painter would use color in their painting, or a musician would use any instrument to make music. It’s a way to keep fashion moving forward, open our minds, and push the limits of creativity.