As the end of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011 approached, I took a moment to take in all the work, infrastructure, and staff it takes to make a Fashion Week and my final conclusion, is that fashion and the industry surrounding it is a necessary evil. There is an entire economy that depends on fashion and regardless of whether or not, we loved the collections, or will wear the trends come Spring, or if we even care, fashion and Fashion Week are a very important piece of our culture and I am so grateful and appreciative that I got to be a part of it.
Elaine Mensah owns SVELTE, LLC a creative consulting and communications firm that specializes in production, brand strategy and media for fashion and lifestyle brands. She is the creator and host of SVELTE Tv and online fashion radio show Fashion BS where she has interviewed some of the biggest names in fashion. She also serves as the Fashion Director & Vice-President of Production for Fashion Fights Poverty.