Fall 2008 fashion weeks

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Major fall 2008 fashion weeks were held in New York City, London, Paris, and Milan during February and March 2008.

New York Fashion Week[edit]

For more details on this topic, see List of Fall 2008 New York Fashion Week fashion shows.

The Fall 2008 New York Fashion Week, officially called Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, was held between February 1 and February 8, 2008.

Participating designers[edit]

This list includes shows on the official schedule ([a]^ ) and those reviewed at style.com ([b]^ ).

London Fashion Week[edit]

Clothing line Date Notes Link
Allegra Hicks February 15
Amanda Wakeley February 11
Aminaka Wilmont February 15
Ann-Sofie Back February 10
Antoni & Alison February 14
Aquascutum February 12
Armand Basi February 13
Ashish February 14
Asprey February 14
Basso & Brooke February 12
Ben de Lisi February 10
Betty Jackson February 12
Biba February 10
Bora Aksu February 13
Caroline Charles February 10
Central Saint Martins February 15
Chrisopher Kane February 12
Duro Olowu February 12
Eley Kishimoto February 11
Emma Cook February 11
Erdem February 14
Fashion East February 13
Gareth Pugh February 13
Gavin Douglas February 15
Giles February 13
Graeme Black February 15
House of Holland February 13
Issa February 14
Jaeger London February 10
Jasper Conran February 11
Jean-Pierre Braganza February 10
Jenny Packman February 14
Jens Laugesen February 13
John Rocha February 11
Julien MacDonald February 15
Krystof Strozyna February 12
Louise Goldin February 11
Luella February 14
MAN February 15
Margaret Howell February 14
Marios Schwab February 12
MeadhamKirchoff February 12
Modernist February 10
Nathan Jenden February 12
Nicole Farhi February 13
Osman Yousefzada February 10
Paul Costelloe February 10
Paul Smith February 11
Peter Jensen February 15
PPQ February 11
Richard Nicoll February 13
Rodnik February 13
Roksanda Ilincic February 13
Sinha-Stanic February 11
Todd Lynn February 12
Unconditional February 15
Vivienne Westwood Red Label February 14

Source: official fashion week schedule.

Milan Fashion Week[edit]

Paris Fashion Week[edit]

Clothing line Date Notes Link
AF Vandevorst February 24
Agnès B. February 29
Alena Akhmadullina February 29
Alexander McQueen February 29
Atsuro Tayama February 25
Akris February 27
Andrew Gn February 27
Ann Demeulemeester February 26
Balenciaga February 26
Balmain February 24
Bernhard Willhelm February 27
Bless February 24
Bruno Pieters February 24
Burfitt February 23
Chado Ralph Rucci March 2
Chapurin March 2
Chanel February 29
Chloé March 1
Christian Dior February 25
Christian Lacroix February 27
Colette Dinnigan March 2
Comme des Garçons February 26
Commuun March 1
Costume National February 27
Devastee February 23
Dresscamp February 24
Dries van Noten February 27
Elie Saab March 1
Emanuel Ungaro February 27
Es Orchestres February 29
Fatima Lopes February 23
Gaspard Yurkievich February 25
Givenchy February 27
Hermès March 1
Hussein Chalayan February 27
Impasse de la Defense February 23
Isabel Marant February 25
Issey Miyake February 26
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac February 29
Jean Paul Gaultier February 26
Jefen February 24
John Galliano March 1
Jose Castro February 29
Junko Shimada February 29
Junya Watanabe February 26
Karl Lagerfeld February 27
Kenzo March 1
Lanvin March 2
Lie Sang Bong February 24
Limi Feu March 1
Loewe February 26
Louis Vuitton March 2
Lutz February 26
Maison Martin Margiela February 25
Manish Arora February 24
Marithe and François Girbaud February 26
Martin Grant March 1
Michel Klein February 24
Miu Miu March 2
Moon Young Hee March 2
Nina Ricci March 2
Paul & Joe March 1
Rajesh Pratap Singh February 24
Requiem February 27
Rick Owens February 24
Robert Normand February 25
Rue du Mail by Martine Sitbon February 29
Sakina M'sa March 2
Sharon Wauchob February 25
Sonia Rykiel February 29
Stella Cadente February 23
Tsumori Chisato February 26
Undercover February 25
Vanessa Bruno March 2
Veronique Branquinho February 26
Veronique Leroy February 25
Viktor & Rolf February 26
Vivienne Westwood February 25
Wunderkind March 1
Yohji Yamamoto February 25
Yuki Torii March 2

Source: Official fashion week schedule. Some dates to be confirmed.

Los Angeles Fashion Week[edit]

Fall '08 collections are shown from March 7 - March 14

Designs featured[edit]

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios[1]

THE GREEN INITIATIVE Humanitarian Fashion Show

Source: fashionweekla.com calendar[2]

LA Fashion Week 2008 controversy[edit]

In 2008, there were numerous celebrity fashion designers showcasing their designs at LA's Fashion Week. Many people believed that, because of this new surge of "celebs-as-trendsetters", some fashion regulars and legitimate designers did not attend the 2008 fashion event. Instead, attendees turned their attention to the designs of "The Hills" star Lauren Conrad, who debuted her collection during the week, Nicky Hilton, and The Pussycat Dolls.

Sue Wong was one of the designers that openly voiced her opinion about celebrity designers.[3] Wong calls the emerging trend "absolutely bogus." Wong is usually a regular at the Mercedes-Benz LA Fashion Week, but decided not to show in 2008, claiming she wanted to concentrate on doing something "different." "Sure, every celebrity and his brother wants to be a fashion designer", said Wong, who has been designing since 1968. "It's not like anybody can pick it up and do it. It's a science. You need to know fit and construction." Wong has also claimed that the celebrities are just capitalizing on their "15 minutes of fame." Normally, up-and-coming designers would not get the kind of exposures celebrities get for their clothing lines.

Lauren Conrad has tried to defend herself against the criticisms and pressures put on her before her fashion launch. Conrad, who has trained at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, said the additional pressure thrust upon her Fashion Week debut made her nervous while working on the line. She described it as "California chic", basing this season on a recent trip to Paris reflected in simple, clean pieces accessorized with berets, netting, leather gloves, bows and lace."I will probably never have the respect I want in the fashion industry, but I can work hard every day to try and prove myself", Conrad said. "Can I really be criticized for taking advantage on an opportunity that allows me to have what I've always wanted?"

Wong still voiced her skepticism. "Let's see whether she can survive and thrive. It takes so much dedication", she said. "You gotta really pay your dues to be a serious artist." A review by Jenny Peters of Fashion Wire Daily criticized her debut line, writing, "There was absolutely nothing new or innovative in her collection."[4]