Forget New York and Paris—Fashion Weeks Are Found From Seattle to Stockholm

Not to mention Hoboken, Hong Kong and all over the map

The fashion forward are not limited to the runways of Paris, Milan and New York. Welcome to Fashion Week—in Hoboken. As in New Jersey. Also, Seattle, Tampa, Phoenix, Austin, Brooklyn and Omaha.

Naturally, fashion weeks have sprung up in international capitals associated with style, design and luxury living—among them, Dubai, Stockholm and Hong Kong. But places as far-flung as Little Rock, Nashville, even St. Charles, Mo., have also launched their own franchises to bring business and buzz to local designers and retailers. And brands like Cadillac, T-Mobile, Red Bull and Peroni have signed on as sponsors. 

Illustration: Alex Mathers

"With big global fashion powerhouses taking their shows on the road—Vuitton in Palm Springs, Chanel in Dallas—it's not surprising every town in America has caught the fashion bug," said Stellene Volandes, executive style director of Town & Country.

Doing good is at the core of many of these events. Omaha Fashion Week partnered with SAC Federal Credit Union, which is marketing credit products for designers and retailers. Phoenix Fashion Week benefits cancer charities. And while modest apparel is the hallmark of Tampa's Christian Fashion Week, the festival also promotes ethical labor and manufacturing practices.

Just don't look for Hoboken Vogue anytime soon. "As far as real influence in the fashion world, their power has yet to be seen," said Volandes. And yet, she also pointed out that Los Angeles Fashion Week, which started out small, may well end up in the big leagues of couture.