Day three was a little more emotional for me than any other day thus far. Though I still had many exciting things ahead for the day, I woke up feeling a little bit of remorse because it marked the day I would be seeing my last show. I will be doing other things on days four and five, such as street style and other fashion week events, but shows are always the main attraction. I feel so lucky that so many designers and publicists have taken a chance by giving me invites to their shows. And I don't think it was too shabby for my first fashion week, hopefully it will only go up from here.
Now, with that sappiness out of the way, Day three was spectacular! I attend the Danielle Romeril and Sid Neigum presentations. As well as spied on the TopShop Unique show, which I will be commenting on below as I saw all the people attending and was close enough to it to count. Not to mention I completely faked coming out of it, in the hope to be in some street style pictures.
Day two could be described in one way; an adventure. With knowing I would need to do some writing, yesterday's post, as well as do more running around between locations, it was a lot more work than day one, but just as much of a hazy dream. And what did I choose to wear for a day of work; thigh high, high heeled, velvet, Kurt boots of course. Not my smartest decision I will admit, but at least they were warm.
London was not as kind with the weather on Day Two and it was raining most the day. The glamorous and fashionable walked into shows holding umbrellas and were quickly whisked away into the Mercedes; it was like a black and white music video.
I was lucky enough to attend three presentations on day two; Omer Asim, Minki Cheng, and Zandra Rhodes. All were so different and artistic. Read below for all the details.
I woke up on Friday morning feeling excited mixed in with all sorts of nerves and anticipation. Though I was in London in September for last season, I did not attend any shows. So, this Friday marked my first real fashion week! I have spent the last two months writing to PR agents requesting, also known as begging, for tickets to shows. I am planning a post after fashion month on how I did these emails and requests. The begging did pay off though and I have landed myself a handful of invitations to shows and presentations at this years Fashion Week. So to say the least, I had hyped myself up for Friday. Two shows, Eudon Choi and Edeline Lee, and one outfit that I literally got Thursday evening. And here's what happened....
As a woman I steal from men’s fashion constantly, some of the most staple pieces in any woman’s wardrobe, from a classic black blazer to a NY baseball hat, started first as menswear. This is not to say that menswear is simply there for women to build on, rather both realms stand on their own but are constantly inspiring one another. Coming from Canada, and as much as I love Canadian guys, menswear is nowhere near at the level it is in London. As good as a flannel can be, I wont be seeing Canadian men wearing a scarf with a face, coving their face ( as seen above from the Alex Mullins show) but in London that scarf can be a popping out to tesscos on a Tuesday look.
London fashion is all about being bold and creative, and this years Collections Men week represented these words remarkably. One of the most admirable elements to London's Collections Men is it's focus on showcasing emerging designers, who may not yet have had their names printed in Vogue. When looking at the shows there appears to be no rules, no print or cut too daring, and yet there is an impeccable level of tailoring and execution. This is the land that brought us tweed and tartan but it is also the place that has some of the freshest street style in the world. The British gentleman can now be both posh and cool in the current London fashion scene.
Sadly, I was not able to make it to the week, traveling with my family, but I was keeping up to date on the week and watching all the highlights. Bellow is the trends I saw and loved of the week from some of the best designers, well known and up-and- coming.
There is a lot more to fashion week than just the catwalks; street style, galleries, and after parties (I'll blame being heels all day for not going to after parties, not that I wasn't on Alexander Wang's guest list or anything...). If you can't make it into all the shows then there is still a lot of experience to be had. Walk around in Soho and your on a pavement catwalk. Or, going to some of the limited time exhibits available, like LVSeries3. These were my big two and it was an eyeopening experience.
Thank you so much for last night, Karl!!! Just kidding, I didn’t quite make it to the opening party of Mademoiselle Prive yesterday evening. Yet still thank you, Karl, for an incredible experience, even without being in your actual presence.