A quick explanation of the differences between runway shows and presentations at fashion week

Not counting parties and all-day lounges, there are two types of events that take place at fashion week: runway shows and presentations.

Aren’t they the same thing?

Semantically, you could say that a runway show is a type of presentation. The designer is presenting his or her new line, after all. On the runway. However, they’re two complete different things. Here are the differences.

During a runway show, the audience sits while the models walk by. Runway shows always start late, typically only last 5-10 minutes and can sometimes be incredibly theatrical experiences.

During a presentation, the models are staged around a room and stand stationary while the audience walks by, takes photos and tries to avoid making awkward eye contact with the models. Presentations last from 30 minutes to an hour or longer.

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