I’ve spent the last 5 years and hundreds of dollars attending the Toronto fashion Week’s. Last week was Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week Spring 2013, and I was dying to go. Dying to go, until I realized that season and season the tickets get more and more expensive, and something else that I found excessive was the amount of repeat designers that appear every single year & season.
Separate these are two annoying factors; but together they create my question, Why do I continuously pay more and more, for the saaaaame set of designers shows. Has the value of their fashions rose? Has the promotion cost been hiked? Or did the cost of a ticket just simply go from $175 / week the first time I attended fashion week, to $175 / day for kind of the same thing….
Today, I did what I would normally never recommend for any social situation, and that’s attend an event via Google. Sat in my couch groove and saw some of my favorite Canadian designers for FREE. Seriously, after feeling like Fashion Week is inaccessible, I got to watch it all and to top it off ended up feeling like I need to go and purchase half of Vawk or Lucian Matis‘s Spring 13′ collection.
(Lucian Matis 2013)
I guess in the end, I’m still turned on by the clothes I saw, whether same-same designer every season, or not. I liked what I saw for the price I paid. I wonder when the less than general public (seeing most people cannot afford the shows) will stop paying the inflated prices, and just start buying the clothes a couple months later in store.
Does it make sense to keep the same customers by raising prices that only they can afford, or is it more cost effective to keep the shows open to the PUBLIC, and maybe introduce someone to a new line, and make a permanent profit margin.