Runway Shows Stream Live During New York Fashion Week

Select runway shows for the Spring/Summer 2011 collections at this year’s New York Fashion Week are being streamed live over the Internet, allowing for a greater audience to partake in the unveiling of new designs — an invitation-only ritual typically reserved for fashion industry insiders and guests hand-picked by the designers.

Given the ever-increasing influence of web technology in its various evolutions, the move to give not only Fashion Week, but also the fashion designers themselves, more street cred in the online world seems a natural one. The fashion industry stays relevant and fashion itself is made more accessible to those outside the inner industry circle. But a more subtle element of this new media partnership is the fact that the customer is able to connect more directly with the fashion designers — and vice versa. This effectively reduces the role of the middleman, in this case the buyers and fashion magazine editors who decide which styles will land in high-end fashion boutiques and on magazine pages, whether in ads for designer brands or in styled photo shoots.

According to an article published on the New York Times’ website, the live-stream concept for catwalk shows will be carried over to upcoming Fashion Week events in London, Paris, and Milan, occurring consecutively over the next few weeks.

Designers making their collections’ runway shows available to anyone with an Internet connection is key to broadening the accessibility of high-end fashion for the consumer. It’s the next logical step after the introduction of well-received and popular Fashion Week events such as Fashion’s Night Out, in New York, and London Fashion Weekend, which allow shoppers to participate directly in Fashion Week.

Soon enough, not only will designers’ runway shows be streamed live, but the designs themselves will be available for purchase online directly following the catwalk presentations. As noted in the NYT article, “Burberry, the British design house, will not only stream its women’s runway show live from London, but also will allow anyone with a computer and a credit card to order the merchandise as models strut in it.” Fashion designers can appeal directly to their customers, instead of channeling their focus on fashion editors and the industry “elite.”

Below is a list of runway shows being streamed live online during New York Fashion Week:

September 9, 2010
2pm Christian Siriano Live Stream, Official Designer Website
9pm Richie Rich Live Stream, Official Designer Website
 
September 10, 2010
10am BCBGMAXAZRIA Live Stream, Official Designer Website
8PM Academy of Art University Live Stream, Official Designer Website
 
September 11, 2010
11am Cynthia Rowley Live Stream, Official Designer Website
3pm Vivienne Tam Live Stream, Official Designer Website
 
September 12, 2010
10am Derek Lam Live Stream, Official Designer Website
1pm DKNY Live Stream, Official Designer Facebook
2pm Rebecca Taylor Live Stream, Official Designer Website
8pm Tommy Hilfiger Live Stream, Official Designer Facebook
9pm Vassilios Kostetsos Live Stream, Official Designer Website
 
September 13, 2010
9am Jenny Packham Live Stream, Official Designer Website
10am Carolina Herrera Live Stream, Official Designer Website
11am Carlos Miele Live Stream, Official Designer Website
1pm Tracy Reese Live Stream, Official Designer Website
2pm Donna Karan New York Live Stream, TBD
6pm Betsey Johnson Live Stream, Official Designer Website
7pm Perry Ellis Live Stream, Official Designer Website
 
September 14, 2010
10am Badgley Mischka Live Stream, Official Designer Website
11am Vera Wang Live Stream, Official Designer Website
6pm Luca Luca Live Stream, Official Designer Website
8pm Narciso Rodriguez Live Stream, Official Designer Website
 
September 15, 2010
10am Michael Kors Live Stream, Official Designer Website
11am Nanette Lepore Live Stream, Official Designer Website
3pm Milly by Michelle Smith Live Stream, Official Designer Website
5pm Odd Molly Live Stream , Official Designer Website
6pm Anna Sui Live Stream, Official Designer Website
 
September 16, 2010
12pm Isaac Mizrahi Live Stream, Official Designer Website
9pm IVANAhelsinki Live Stream, Official Designer Website

Lindsay Lohan's Fashion Designer Debut for Emanuel Ungaro Panned

Lindsay Lohan burst into tears during the Paris Fashion Week runway show for Emanuel Ungaro, the fashion house for which she was a design consultant this past season. The actress-turned-fashion designer walked the runway with Spanish designer Estrella Archs, the latest head designer hired by Emanuel Ungaro, at the end of the show for her new collection and was obviously overwhelmed. Backstage the actress called her collaboration with Emanuel Ungaro, “the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”

The post-show applause was little more than a polite courtesy, as many audience members were left aghast at the sight of the sloppy and seemingly unfinished designs, as well as the glimpse of sequined pasties covering models’ breasts as the strutted the runway in blazers which would flap open — revealing nothing underneath.

“The reviews are in for the actress Lindsay Lohan’s controversial turn as a hired muse for the house of Emanuel Ungaro, and let’s just say her arrival was greeted by critics as if a McDonald’s fry cook had been installed as the chef of a three-star Michelin restaurant,” wrote the NY Times’ Eric Wilson.

And later: “Ungaro’s latest maneuver was at least effective in drawing a heavy-hitting audience, as the editors in chief of Harper’s Bazaar, In Style and Elle and buyers from Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s and Bergdorf Goodman all attended. But they scrambled for the exits as soon as the show ended, with little applause as Ms. Lohan and Ms. Archs took a bow together on the runway. One retail chief said he had asked for a ticket only because he thought the show would be a spectacle. Another said he would not buy the line, but declined to identify himself ‘because I don’t want my name associated with that train wreck.’”

Hint magazine called the collection “pinky but not panky, and honestly not good enough to be part of the official Paris calendar.” Furthermore, Lohan apparently went shopping the day before the Ungaro runway show and then handed the bill over to Ungaro to be paid. “And then, after a hard day of shopping, she had a wild night and canceled an interview with Suzy Menkes. [Does] one refuse an audience with the pope because of a hangover? She did.”

London Fashion Weekend September 2009 Tickets and Prices

London Fashion Weekend tickets offer the opportunity to purchase designer fashion at discounted prices. If you’re a fashion lover this is the perfect way to spend the day with friends. And who knows what bargains you might find, just by picking up some London Fashion Weekend tickets. And this year, London Fashion Weekend has a brand new home – the suitably stylish, Somerset House.

Tickets and pricing for London Fashion Weekend entry and access:

  Black Entrance Silver Entry + Show Bag Silver Entry + Catwalk Gold Entry + Catwalk + Show Bag
Thurs 24th
5pm – 10pm
£15.50 £22.50 £30.50 £37.50
Fri 25th
11am – 5pm
£12.50 £19.50 £27.50 £34.50
5pm – 9pm £15.50 £22.50 £30.50 £37.50
Sat 26th
9am – 6pm
£15.50 £22.50 £30.50 £37.50
Sun 27th
9am – 5pm
£12.50 £19.50 £27.50 £34.50

Please note: All ticket prices are exclusive of booking fee.

Always a sell-out, make sure that you don’t miss out on this year’s London Fashion Weekend tickets. A fun way to spend the day with friends whilst checking the newest fashions, with London Fashion Weekend tickets you can also bag a bargain. If you didn’t make it to London Fashion Week, make sure you’re in the front row at London Fashion Weekend.