Feb 22nd, 2018, 12:05 PM

Get Involved in Paris Fashion Week

By Sage Theiss Sakata
Image Credit: Flikr/ Alex Naanou
Fashion week is around the corner- experience it in action and not on your Instagram feed.

Paris Fashion week will be held Tuesday, February 27 until Tuesday, March 7. Get ready for a week of designers, celebrities, and models flooding the streets of France's capital. Though most of us are aware of the production element - fabulous designs displayed down the runway - we don't always realize the amount of work is put into it. In truth, the production of fashion week requires all hands on deck. Brands are always looking for extra help, and if you contact the right people and show persistence, you could get your foot in the door of the tremendous world of fashion. 

Contact the press immediately

For more information on fashion week, such as the show schedules, go to Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode. Here, you can find a phone number to call and the press email.  Just click on the name of the brand, and this information will pop up. Immediately, you will recognize top fashion houses throughout the schedule such as Christian Dior, Saint Laurent, Givenchy, and Chanel. These top brands usually pick their interns and help well in advance. Keeping that in mind, looking into newer designers may offer more opportunities. Here are a few to keep in mind: 

1. Marine Serre

Marine Serre is a young designer based in Paris. Having worked for fashion icons such as Alexander McQueen, Dior, and Balenciaga, she pierced through the fashion world. She especially made her mark with her Radical Call for Love collection, showing her ability to incorporate sportswear and luxurious garments. In an interview with Vogue, she explains that her brands aesthetic is trying to answer two questions: How does fashion connect to a fractured world in ever increasing turmoil? How can a strong sense of rooted identity be expressed without losing contemporary and openness? This French designer seems to be starting her own trends, and answer to larger societal questions with her designs. 

Image Credit: Flickr/ Franz Johann Morgenbesser 

2. Y/Project 

Y/Project's creative director, Glenn Martens, is a leading member of the streetwear revolution. This forward-thinking designer transformed the label from menswear, under Yohan Serfaty, to womenswear in 2010. While playing on history and wit, this designer is pushing boundaries of fashion. In an interview with REVS Magazine, Martens says that the brand is all about the attitude. He sees the collections as a melting pot between a Belgium concept, French chic, and British cool. This designer will surely be bringing a lot of attention during the week. 

3. Lutz Huelle

Born in Germany, Lutz Huelle eventually made his way to Paris where he worked with Martin Margiela on his Artisanal Knitwear Collections. This designer is known for incorporating a range of garments, from sportswear to evening, playing with feminine and masculine genres. His Spring 2018 ready-to-wear collection demonstrates practical clothes with a high level of elegance. In an interview with Vogue, he explains that he wanted something exposing and exaggerated, but able to wear it 'when vegetable shopping'. Huelle seemed to have mastered street elegance, and many are excited to see what will come down the runway next week.

Image Credit: Flickr/ Michael Mandiberg 

Always remember to do your own research. When contacting the brands, express your knowledge of that brand and your willingness to work hard. Try contacting multiple brands and be persistent. The fashion world is not impossible to break into, but it requires nothing less than hard work and dedication. That being said, there is a lot of work to be done, but the experience of working Paris Fashion Week will last you a lifetime.