Goals of the Fashionista Fashion Week.
1) Limited Restrictions : At the Fashionista Fashion Week, we will allow almost any designer to participate at the event. I would love to say that we would allow "all" designers, but the reality is that we would need some sort of standards. For example, we would not want some goofy kid getting up on stage and strutting down the runway in clothes they bought in the Gap. We will need some sort of verification that the designer is worthy of the stage. Although, the event is not open to every single person in the world, the entry bar will not be set high. If you have a legit desire to be a fashion designer, you will most likely be welcome at the Fashionista Fashion Week.
2) FREE : Wow, this may be a problem... Although it is difficult, this dream may be a possibility. Let's be honest, how much expense can be involved in hosting a fashion week. Well, I should be fair and state that the Fashionista Fashion Week, may not look as fancy dancy as the New York Fashion Week (or any other well known event). Actually, it would most likely not look nearly as cool. As a matter of fact, my tent at home only sleeps four... I don't think that it would be possible to convert that tent adequately to rival the tents at Bryant Park... Anyway, I am thinking more along the lines of obtaining space in a big warehouse, school stage, or possibly an abandoned movie theater... Hey, I never said that we were going top shelf. The point is I do not think we need a big bank roll to pull off a fashion event.
According to my warped logic, a fashion week only needs a few essential things to have a successful event:
1) Fashion Designers (maybe you)
2) Models (maybe you can convice your friends or attractive people at a bar to model your collection)
3) Photographers (they get paid by magazines, newspapers, etc., not buy us)
4) Stylists / Event Organizers (these are typically nice people, maybe they will donate their time)
5) Journalists / Bloggers (They come to event on their own dime)
6) Event Location (Maybe we can get lucky and find an vacant location with a gracious landlord that can donate the space)
If Designers are responsible for getting their own models, makeup artists, hairstylist etc., and we can get someone to donate the use of space for a week or two, why can't we put on an amazing fashion event. I do not know this for a fact, but I am assuming that stylist and event organizers may wish to help out just for the fun of the experience. After all, isn't it beneficial for ones karma to simply pitch in simply for the sake of helping others. Why can't fashionistas unite, and work together to put on a fashion week event. A fashion event where the designer pays ZERO to the event organizer.
Maybe we can find a donated space. The space only needs lights, availability of music, a stage, and possibly chairs. As a matter of fact, we could live without the chairs. As far as I am concerned, the audience can stand. The fashion elite, may be ready for a good dose of, "stop crying like a baby; you can stand for 20 minutes...".
Wouldn't it be nice to have a fashion event where the photographers, videographers, and journalist are treated better then the celebrity guests. As a matter of fact, the fashion "bloggers" will be given equal entry into the events. Hey, you from the New York times... you can't have that front row seat at our event. This audience is first come first serve. If a blogger has a passion for fashion and beats you to the seat, too bad for you... At the Fashionista Fashion Week, we are all created equal. Well, those of us that enjoy fashion are created equal. If you are not into fashion, buzz off...
For this event, EVERYONE must participate. The designers, photographers, journalists, etc. We all help set up, we all help clean up... The event will be like a little utopian event... For a week or two we will pretend we live in a world where everyone helps each other...
OK, I do understand that there are a thousand good reasons why this concept would never work.
Anyway, it would be awesome if we could figure out a way to allow every fashion designer display their collection at a fashion week event at little to no cost.
Note: ALL of above is subject to change...