Moments of the Year: 9. Alternative Fashion Weeks

Models present creations by Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons during the Dior 2016 cruise collection show, on May 11, 2015 at the Palais Bulle in Theoule-sur-Mer, southeastern France.  AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE        (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 11 (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

While New York, London, Milan, and Paris continue to reign as the leading fashion capitals of the world, new contenders were vying for attention on the global fashion scale. This year, more cities than ever delivered their input on the latest fashion trends to be consumed, with Tokyo, Seoul, and Sydney stepping into the limelight. What’s more is many designers first sparked global interest showing at lesser known fashion weeks whether it was Vetements designer and newly appointed Balenciaga creative director, Demna Gvasalia’s humble beginnings at Georgia Fashion Week, Jun Takahashi of Undercover fame starting at Tokyo Fashion Week, or Amaka Osaka’s showings at Lagos Fashion and Design Week. Further, the global allure has even tempted the more established brands to hop in the jet and move their shows off the beaten fashion trail in Cannes, Portofino, and Rome.

Models present creations from the Louis Vuitton 2016 cruise collection, designed by Nicolas Ghesquière, May 6, 2015, at the Bob and Dolores Hope Estate in Palm Springs, California. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA – MAY 6 (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - OCTOBER 13: A model walks the runway during the Keita Maruyama Ready to Wear show as part of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week TOKYO 2016 S/S on October 13, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN – OCTOBER 13 (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Models present creations designed by Sisiano during the Lagos Fashion and Design Week, on October 31, 2015. The yearly Lagos Fashion and Design Week (LFDW) is designed to promote the Nigerian and ultimately, the African fashion industry by bringing together buyers, consumers and the media to view the current collections of African designers in Lagos. AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI        (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
LAGOS, NIGERIA – OCTOBER 31 (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

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