Boston Fashion Week is positioning itself as "Smart" Fashion Week according to its founder, Jay Calderin. We liked the idea so here's our contribution to the "Smart" Fashion Week - from some basic facts to the less known stuff you might enjoy.
2. Boston Fashion Week started in 1995 celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
3. There are 57 events listed on the official Boston Fashion Week calendar of events during this week-long event from October 5-11 (as of Oct. 7).
4. Did you miss the first couple of days? Don't worry 70% of the events are happening in the last 4 days from Wednesday to Saturday.
5. You will be super busy on Wednesday and Saturday because each has got 12 and 11 events in a day. But actually, there's only ONE event that you should really attend on Saturday (Yep, we are hosting THE awesome one).
6. Boston Fashion Week 2014 is dedicated to fashion designer/icon/producer Marilyn Riseman, who also "modeled for the high fashion line Ohne Titel" at the age of 85 according to an article in The Boston Globe. (And she had the most iconic and unforgettable look.) It's never too late to start modeling!
7. The founder and the executive director of Boston Fashion Week, Jay Calderin, started his career in fashion as a teen, and shifted the focus from designing to teaching. In an article by New York Times best-selling author Cheryl Richardson about "Finding Your Passion," Jay says, "A healthy, powerful passion doesn't merely pass the time or fill a void. It challenges us to tap in to our essence and then bring something to the table." And that's a beautiful message.
8. By the way, (Boston's competitor) New York's biannual Fashion Weeks brought no less than 865 million economic impact in 2012 according to the analysis by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). Also New York City is home to more than 900 fashion companies, employing more than 180,000 workers on salaries of $11 billion a year, and bringing tax revenues of $2 billion. That's a quantitative example of the potential "fashionable" contribution to the economic development of the City of Boston.
9. If you are not really into runway shows or shopping, these are the educational events that you can attend. They are conveniently all scheduled on Saturday, October 11th.
- Saturday, October 11, 2014, 12:30 PM
Assistive Technology Clothing Design Presented by Open Style Lab & Museum of Science, Boston
"Join us for a sneak peek at prototype designs for assistive clothing. Celebrate the collaborative work between engineers, occupational therapists, and designers who participated in an innovative summer program at MIT called Open Style Lab."
Museum of Science, Boston: 1 Science Park, Boston MA 02114
Open Style Lab event free with Exhibit Halls Admission
Museum Admission $23
- Saturday, October 11, 2014, 2PM
FASHION 101: Teen Talk Presented by School of Fashion Design
"This special event is designed for teens who dream of a career in fashion. Every year, as a part of Boston Fashion Week, professionals from various parts of the industry are brought together to discuss their specialties and the paths that led them to success."
Boston Public Library - Copley, Commonwealth Salon: 700 Boylston Street, Boston MA
For more about the School of Fashion Design visit:
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 3-6PM
Dapper & Débonnaire Cocktail Hour Presented by Maki & Mpho
(This involves "DRINKS" which is another thing that Boston is known for... other than being "smart.") Join us for the chat with Boston's men's style influencers, Emmi Sorokin, Jeff Lahens, and Matthew Simko!
Trade: 540 Atlantic Avenue, Boston MA 02210
*All images and event details are sited from the Boston Fashion Week official website unless otherwise noted.