Kriteria’s guide to the best design and fashion events in 2019

The Caesarstone exhibit during 2018’s Milan Design Week.

The Caesarstone exhibit during 2018’s Milan Design Week.

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With design and fashion weeks popping up in every major city around the world, plus fairs, conferences and trade shows becoming more readily accessible to both industry insiders and the general public, we’ve decided to compile a design calendar to help you navigate through the clutter.

Here is our list of some of the must-see design and fashion events for the rest of 2019—located around the world and with a good mix of Latin American and international events, as always.


February

Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer

February 25- March 5 2019, Paris, France

Considered the most prestigious of the Big Four Fashion Weeks, Paris Fashion Week is a series of designer presentations held semiannually in Paris with spring/summer and autumn/winter events held each year. fhcm.paris


March

Bogota Design Festival

March 5-9 2019, Bogotá, Colombia

This four-day event brings together the Colombian capital’s design community to promote creativity, innovation and design in all its forms. bogotadesignfestival.co

Latin American Design Festival

March 7-9 2019 Lima, Peru

The Latin American Design Festival is the first design festival that encompasses all of Latin America. The annual event organizes conferences, workshops, exhibits, among other activities, with the aim to promote, diffuse and position Latin American design. ladfest.org

Caravana Americana

March 8-10 2019, Mexico City, Mexico

Caravana Americana is a sales-focused platform presenting the best of Latin American design and combining the most talented emerging fashion, furniture, product, arts and crafts, and accessories designers. caravanaamericana.com

Ish

March 11-15, 2019, Frankfurt, Germany

Ish is the world’s leading trade fair focusing on the responsible management of water and energy in buildings. It sets trends for modern bathroom design, sustainable heating and air-conditioning technology as well as intelligent home systems. ish.messefrankfurt.com

Collectible

March 14–17 2019, Brussels, Belgium

One of the newest fairs to pop up, Collectible is a pioneering fair exclusively gathering unique pieces and limited editions dedicated to contemporary collectible design of the 21st century. collectible.design

Architectural Digest Design Show

March 21-24, 2019, New York City, USA

Featuring the largest independent design show in North America, AD Design Show is New York City’s destination for discovering the newest design talent in the curated section, MADE, and luxury showrooms in FURNISH and REFRESH. Both consumers and professionals alike are encouraged to visit the show to shop, learn, eat, and experience the best in the American design scene and beyond. addesignshow.com


Marni La Vereda, part of the 2018 Fuorisalone during Milan Design Week.

Marni La Vereda, part of the 2018 Fuorisalone during Milan Design Week.

April

Bogota Fashion Week

April 2-4 2019, Bogotá, Colombia

Bogota’s Chamber of Commerce created Bogotá Fashion Week to position the Colombian capital as an international fashion center, uniting efforts with multiple national and international stakeholders to promote the creative talents of emerging Colombian designers, position their brands and expand their market. bogotafashionweek.com.co

Milan Design Week

April 9-14 2019, Milan, Italy

Design Week in Milan consists of the city’s big design trade fair, the Salone del Mobile, plus independent design events throughout the Italian metropolis, called the Fuorisalone. Together, the two make up the biggest and most important furniture and interiors design event in the world. Period. If you are involved or connected to design in any way, and are able to make it to Milan, you can’t miss this event. salonemilano.it


The Furnishing Utopia exhibit during 2018’s NYCxDesign.

The Furnishing Utopia exhibit during 2018’s NYCxDesign.

May

NYCxDesign

May 10-22 2019, New York, USA

NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s annual celebration of design, attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees and designers from across the globe. Taking place each May, the event celebrates a world of design and showcases over a dozen design disciplines through events taking place across the city’s five boroughs, with fairs like Wanted Design and ICFF occurring simultaneously. nycxdesign.com

Medellin Design Week: Design Stores

Dates TBD, Medellin, Colombia

Medellin Design Week is the citywide design event for local talent, inviting new and established designers, artists, and creatives to showcase their products and unveil their latest endeavors to potential clients, partners and international guests, while exchanging ideas meant to spark collaboration. This year, the event’s organizers have decided to divide the event into different sections throughout the year in order to continue to promote Medellin as a design capital. In May, Medellin Design Week will host a series of private, curated events in partnership with local design stores. 

Habitat Expo

Dates TBD, Mexico City, Mexico

Habitat Expo is an exhibition of architecture, interiors and design in Mexico City, featuring a conference program about Mexico's interior design industry. habitatexpo.xporegistro.com 

Miami Fashion Week

May 29- June 2 2019, Miami, USA

Miami Fashion Week is the first fashion week solely dedicated to showcasing Resort Cruise Collections and promoting Miami as a high-quality fashion hub. Expect to see plenty of Latin American designers, as MIAFW takes advantage of the strong connection Miami has built between Latin America and the United States. miamifashionweek.com


June

Design Miami/ Basel

June 11-16 2019, Basel, Switzerland

Design Miami/Basel is the collectible design fair uniting work from the best galleries around the world. Here you’ll find furnishings, lights, and objects from the 20th and 21st centuries. basel2019.designmiami.com 

La Feria de Diseño

May 31- June 2 2019, Medellin, Colombia

Held each year at Medellin’s Plaza Mayor convention center, La Feria de Diseño is Colombia’s largest commercial design trade show. It promotes the country’s emerging creative industries to explore and build new bridges in one of the fastest growing investment segments in the world. laferiadediseno.net


Colombiamoda 2018 was inaugurated with a show by Custo Barcelona and Arkitect.

Colombiamoda 2018 was inaugurated with a show by Custo Barcelona and Arkitect.

July

Colombiamoda

July 23-25 2019, Medellin, Colombia

Colombia Fashion Week, or Colombiamoda, is the country’s premiere platform where established and emerging fashion creatives come together for three days and four nights of style and beauty. The event is held annually in Medellín, a city traditionally associated with the textile industry and now with innovation and social transformation. colombiamoda.inexmoda.org.co

Feria Buro

Dates TBD, Bogotá, Colombia

A sales-based design fair showcasing emerging designers and brands that represent Colombia's most creative talents. Buro aims to build a viable option for young Colombian entrepreneurs to ensure their future. feriaburo.com


August

Medellin Design Week: Business Design Meeting & Conferences

August 29- 31 2019, Medellin, Colombia

In August, Medellin Design Week will host its Business Design Meeting, inviting national and international guests to discuss the business of design. A special focus will be placed on the issue of royalties in design. Other events include conferences, workshops and open stores.

São Paulo Design Weekend

August 18–25 2019, São Paulo, Brazil

DW! Sao Paulo Design Weekend is a citywide celebration of Latin American design, featuring hundreds of independent events, from trade fairs and exhibits to conferences and cocktail parties. designweekend.com.br 


September

New York Fashion Week

September 5-11 2019, New York, USA

Held in February and September of each year, New York Fashion Week is a semi-annual event (generally lasting 7–9 days) in which international fashion collections are shown to buyers, the press, and the general public. It is one of four major fashion weeks in the world, collectively known as "The Big Four," along with those in Paris, London and Milan. nyfw.com

Paris Design Week

September 6-15 2019, Paris, France

With the September edition of Maison & Objet comes Paris Design Week, an event where the entire French design community takes to city streets with a rich calendar of events, cocktails, tours, and meetings. maison-objet.com 

London Design Festival

September 14-22 2019, London, England

The entire city becomes a stage for design and architecture installations, featuring several design shows including the London Design Fair, 100% Design and designjunction. londondesignfestival.com

Feria Hábitat Valencia

September 17–20 2019, Valencia, Spain

This household design and decoration trade fair hosts 600 exhibitors which showcase the Spanish design industry. feriahabitatvalencia.com

Paris Fashion Week Autumn/Winter

September 24- October 2, 2019, Paris, France

Considered the most prestigious of the Big Four Fashion Weeks, Paris Fashion Week is a series of designer presentations held semiannually in Paris with spring/summer and autumn/winter events held each year. fhcm.paris


A room inside Design House during Design Week Mexico 2018.

A room inside Design House during Design Week Mexico 2018.

October

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Mexico City

October 7-14 2019 Mexico City, Mexico

A weeklong celebration of fashion, and the only platform in Mexico dedicated to promoting local fashion designers. With two runway seasons per year, an alliance with Mercedes-Benz and the pervading talent of the local fashion industry, the event has become a prominent platform for boosting emerging and consolidated designers. fashionweek.mx

Design Week Mexico

October 9-13 2019, Mexico City, Mexico

Design Week Mexico promotes 2018 World Design Capital Mexico City’s local design scene, fostering a creative community that gathers key players in the fields of culture, education, and commerce. This event takes place in tandem with the Abierto Mexicano de Diseño festival, which you can’t miss if you’re in the city. designweekmexico.com

BCapital

October 18-20 2019, Bogotá, Colombia

Organized by Inexmoda, the institute behind Colombiamoda and many of the country’s most significant fashion events, BCapital is the fair that aims to position Bogotá as the avant-garde fashion capital of Colombia. For three days, local fashionistas come together to celebrate what many consider to be the most progressive fashion event in the country. bcapital.com.co

Dutch Design Week

October 19-27 2019, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Known as an experimental design week, Dutch Design Week promotes young, emerging designers from the Netherlands. Eindhoven exhibits nearly 3,000 designers presenting conceptual and experimental design across the city, with ideas and responses to real world problems. ddw.nl

ArtBo

October 26- 29 2019, Bogotá, Colombia

Bogota’s International Art Fair is the premiere meeting place for the art market in Latin America, including a select showcase of Latin American design. artbo.co


November 

Lima Design Week

November 6-17 2019, Lima, Peru

Lima Design Week serves as a platform for integrating art, culture and the different design disciplines. Its goal is to market design as a tool for social development, connecting local, national and international creative communities and promote creativity and innovation through new technologies. limadesignweek.pe


Friedman Benda at Design Miami 2018. Photo courtesy of Friedman Benda.

Friedman Benda at Design Miami 2018. Photo courtesy of Friedman Benda.

December 

Design Miami/

December 2-8 2019, Miami, USA

A must-see event for art and design collectors, gallerists, curators and buyers, where stunning installations featuring collectible design objects are scattered across Miami Beach. miami2018.designmiami.com

Medellin Design Week: Bodega Central

December 12-14, Medellin, Colombia

Medellin Design Week’s Bodega Central makes a bold return with a commercial fair featuring the city’s up-and-coming furniture and product designers.