Top 10 Independent Fashion Weeks Not Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz


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New York Fashion Week kicks off this week, so why not angle in a slightly different direction before #MBFW dominates life entirely! Our friends at GoEuro in Berlin helped us put together this handy list of 10 independent fashion weeks from around the world. Throw your hands up at me!


As an international and interdisciplinary platform based in the Netherlands, FASHIONCLASH organizes a variety of events and projects to showcase the work of new generations of designers and artists. The main event is the FASHIONCLASH Festival, an annual international fashion festival that features emerging talent from a range of disciplines.

Next up: June, 2016

Berlin Alternative Fashion Week

Berlin Alternative Fashion Week is a platform showcasing the rise of alternative concepts in fashion. With a weeklong program of shows and marketplaces, it aims to promote influential, genre-breaking innovators and connect them with established contemporaries in the fields of fashion, music, and art in a context that isn’t constrained or dominated by big brands and labels.

Next up: Sept. 23-27, 2015

Brighton Fashion Week

Brighton Fashion Week offers a platform for designers, artists, costumers, and explorers the opportunity to showcase their talents. 

Next up: October 15-18, 2015

Vancouver Fashion Week

For 25 seasons, Vancouver Fashion Week has brought emerging talent from around the world to their runway. Diversity and multiculturalism are celebrated in bi-annual fashion shows. By providing an accessible platform to designers, buyers, media, and industry professionals, VFW leads its participants on a path to success in the world of fashion.

Next up: Sept. 28-Oct 4, 2015

Fashion Week Brooklyn

Founded by the non-profit BK|Style Foundation, Fashion Week Brooklyn puts on a bi-annual show featuring designers from around the world. FW|BK has emerged as one of the leading fashion events showcasing the talent of aspiring and established designers from across the globe. 

Next up: October 19-25, 2015

Serbia Fashion Week

Serbia Fashion Week encourages the exchange of ideas, creativity, and talent across borders. With partnership agreements from 16 European countries, Serbian designers are able to showcase their work across the continent in fashion shows, educational workshops, exhibitions, and competitions for fashion students. 

Next up: Nov. 10-15,2015

Copenhagen Fashion Week

Copenhagen Fashion Week is the largest fashion event in the Nordic Region. With its mix of Danish and international talent, the shows attract an enormous number of designers, buyers, and press from around the world. 

Next up: February 2016

Africa Fashion Week

Showcasing contemporary designs from countries across the continent, Africa Fashion Week aims to foster economic cooperation between nations around the world while simultaneously promoting African designers and brands. Founded by New York PR firm Adiree in 2009, Africa Fashion Week puts on a day of shows in fashion capitals like New York, London, Paris, Milan, Berlin, and Tokyo. 

Next up: Sept. 11, 2015 in NYC

Melbourne Fashion Week

With a weeklong program of runway shows, workshops, seminars, forums, and live entertainment, Melbourne Fashion Week offers both up-and-coming and established designers in Australia the opportunity to make their work known to the world. 

Next up: March 2016


A crowd-sourced runway show, VFILES MADE FASHION offers young talents in the fashion world the opportunity to show their work on runways like New York Fashion Week. This online community has enabled those involved in the fashion world, from designers to photographers and stylists to fashion fans, to get exposure digitally and on the runway.

Next up: Sept. 9, 2015 

Image: Brighton Fashion Week via Fashion United


Martha Chavez

Martha Chavez

Martha Chavez is a communications professional working in the educational sector, but loves moonlighting in fashion PR for PR Couture.