When you tell someone you love fashion, you can almost always guarantee you’ll receive one of the follow-up questions: “What’s in style now?” “Where do you shop?” “What blogs do you follow?” After repeated encounters of this variety, we realized it comes in handy to have your answers ready, so you can sound just as knowledgeable about the fashion industry as you actually are.
1. The designers you fangirl over.
Whether it’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim at Kenzo or Alexander Wang at Balenciaga, it’s useful to be able to list not only names, but why you like them.Style.com is an excellent resource to brush up on your knowledge.
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2. When the heck the Resort shows happen—and all the other Fashion Weeks.
January – Pre-Fall collections show
February/March – Fall/Winter collections show
May – Resort collections show
July – Couture collections show
September/October – Spring/Summer collections show
The four major Fashion Weeks occur in New York, London, Milan, and Paris, in that order.
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3. How to actually pronounce designer names. Even Ann Demeulemeester.
We hate to break it to you, but you will be judged for mispronouncing a designer name. Here’s a quick video to make sure it never happens.
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4. The brands you’d give your first-born to own.
Have a few well-known brands in mind, such as Celine, as well as indie brands, like Building Block and Emerson Fry.
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5. The coolest fashion bloggers on the block, and by block, we mean world.
6. Your favorite under-the-radar places to shop. (In other words, not Zara.)
We can point you to this guide of off-the-beaten-path boutiques for starters.
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7. Which fashion collaborations are worth camping out for.
Everyone knows Isabel Marant x H&M was incredible—see the killer lace-up pants above for reference. For upcoming collabs, you’ll want to break out your sleeping bag for Altuzarra x Target.
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8. A handy list of three upcoming trends.
For fall we’re feeling robe coats, psychedelic prints, and slouchy wide-leg pants.
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9. What couture actually is, so you can annoyingly point out all the misuses of the term.
Actually, don’t do that, but it’s always good to know. Fashionista’s guide is helpful.
10. Knowing what a bias cut is, plus all the other technical lingo that’ll make you sound like a Parsons graduate.
Our fashion terminology guide should do just the trick.
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11. Just enough French to sound vaguely impressive.
Je ne sais quoi, trompe l’oeil, avant-garde. Not only will you be increasing your vocabulary, you can also pretend you work at French Vogue.