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Shiny Happy Fashion Week People

 

Seeing as we’re in the thick of fashion week right now, I thought I’d wax lyrical about just that and pull out a few new wardrobe additions while at it.

Fashion week is a funny old thing. I’ve had so many highs and lows over the years at this biannual get together, but now feel like I’ve reached a happy place with the weird but wonderful thing that fashion week is. When I first started working in the industry 7 years ago and I first got to attend fashion week as part of my job as a fashion assistant, it was an exhilarating, amazing time in the industry. Street style was in its infancy, instagram wasn’t even a seedling of an idea and the majority of people still carried blackberries. Fashion Week was still an industry-centric event that felt exciting in an elitist way to be invited into. I was with a magazine back then so there were cars, tickets galore, cocktail parties and new friends to be made, and seeing as I was 23, I had the stamina to do it, surviving on popcorn, croissants, vitamin water and champagne for the whole week. I made some amazing friends and contacts back in those first few seasons that I still have today, including my brilliant photographer Frances. When someone took your picture you’d have a chat while at it and there were handfuls of photographers on the street rather than hundreds. I owned one second-hand designer bag, lived in my vintage fedora (mainly because I was obsessed with Erin Wasson at the time) and I’ve never had worse blisters and sorer feet. It felt fun and hectic and free from all expectation all at once.

After that initial hay day year, I moved jobs and went into editorial for a trend forecasting agency. I liked the job, loved the people and stayed there for three years before I got to the point with my blog that allowed me to take it full-time. But fashion week was a very different beast when I was in that job. I was suddenly on the periphery of the industry, wasn’t working with PRs and brands on a daily basis and as such the shows weren’t such a priority for me work-wise. Without a big team to roll around fashion week with, I found it kind of lonely and it sort of lost it’s sparkle for me. I kept going and still got a thrill out of seeing the odd great show, but it felt different and despite being in my mid-twenties, somehow being by myself at fashion week made me feel self-conscious in a way that was akin to being a teenager thrown into a party where you know no-one.

Once I left that job and became self-employed, I felt like I had to start again with fashion week and now it wasn’t technically ‘part of my job’, as in no boss was telling me to go, I had to reassess what fashion week was going to be for me. It took a while to adjust from feeling like I had to be at pretty much every show on-schedule and several off-schedule, to realising fashion week doesn’t have to be non-stop, crazy-busy to be deemed a success. I occasionally questioned if I ‘needed’ to do fashion week at all, but then I realised that ultimately I wanted to. I wanted to see the new collections and support the brands who support me in various ways throughout the years and be a part of the institution that is fashion week. But I’d be lying if I said fashion week didn’t sometimes bring out the worst in me and others in the past too. Despite working hard and feeling happy in my own skin all year, I’d get to fashion week and feel like I’d failed because I didn’t have a certain sought-after ticket or felt stupid in what I was wearing (probably because I’d over thought it). That side of fashion week I really hated, more because I hated it brought out an ugly ‘high-school’ feeling in me. Everyone was out-busying each other and I often felt like I was the only one who wasn’t doing dozens of projects or being dressed by every top-notch brand. By this point, street style was such a huge thing too and I didn’t like what it was doing to me. I hated that the thought of hundreds of photographers made me quake in my boots and stall in terms of getting dressed, and worst of all, it affected my confidence if no-one took my picture. It grosses me out so much to say that but it’s true and I feel like it’s important to be honest. I felt a real pressure in that arena but equally knew I wasn’t that girl that could comfortably wait around to be photographed and felt like a fraud if I dressed up in something I wouldn’t normally wear. And none of that’s taking away from the street style photographers themselves, who are brilliant at what they do. People like Vanessa Jackman and Tommy Ton not only helped path the creative road for bloggers everywhere, they also really helped grow the audience on my blog back in the day thanks to their amazing photos. I loved seeing the new collections but hated how fashion week was beginning to drain me rather than filling me up. I started to feel like I’d rather trawl the shows on Style.com that was, rather than keep up with attending the shows in person and leave feeling like crap, but equally the thought of skipping fashion week gave me huge anxiety and fomo. Another thing that made me feel kind of queasy.

Now, I’ve finally found my happy place with fashion week. Maybe it’s something to do with feeling more comfortable in what I do and who I am, both personally and professionally, but I feel like I’ve got my mojo back with fashion week. I missed London fashion week altogether last season, the first time in 8 years, in favour of an amazing trip to Kenya. That in itself really helped as it made me realise once and for all that fashion week is a choice for me, and knowing that somehow takes all anxiety out of the equation. So this season I’m back at it feeling re-excited about my hometown’s crop of talent and all the familiar faces I get to see along the way. I’ve realised I can combine the shows with catch-ups with friends and colleagues, or if I’m in New York, I can pop to a gallery or a store between shows and leave feeling inspired without feeling guilty. Nowadays, I’m at home writing or editing after a day of shows, or even better disappearing into the cinema, rather than propping up a bar at a party. I go to a good handful of shows a day, all of which I look forward to, which is perfect for me and I’m comfortable in the knowledge that I don’t need or want to go to every show to feel fulfilled or successful.  I wear what I love, get dressed for me alone and understand that the work I do behind closed doors is just as important as being out and about at fashion week which actually makes me enjoy fashion week even more. I love that fashion week is more inclusive than ever and with Insta Stories and shoppable runways, it’s a much more of an open thing than it used to be which makes the over-sharer in me feel at home. Fashion week is more of a part of my job than ever before and yet feels fun again too. Ultimately I like that I’m now at a place where fashion week feels like the cherry on top rather than the whole cake, which is exactly how it should be for me right now.

Jacket | Topshop
Trousers | Topshop
Boots | Dorataymur via Net-A-Porter
Bag | Simon Miller via Net-A-Porter
Jumper | Topshop 
Shades | Rayban 
Earrings | Uno de 50 

Ph. by Frances Davison 

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Comments

  • Claudine

    Such a deep insight into yourself and the fashion business, thank you for sharing Lucy!
    And you are looking great in those vinyl pants, so sad that I’m a bit too fat for stuff like that :-)
    xo ♥
    Claudine / http://www.claudinesroom.com

  • Jovita Antanovich

    The coolest outfit of the week! love it!

    Jovita
    http://www.b-vabilla.com

  • Pandora Sykes

    LOVE these pics and lots of honest words about FW that resonate

  • A huge yess to this outfit, everything is perfect all the way down to the pop of colour bag!x

    Millie x
    http://queenmillie.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/17022017.html

  • These pants are amazing!

    Love,

    http://www.thestyleventure.com/2017/02/20/girly/

  • Carmen Mattijssen

    Adorable pants! <3
    X Carmen – http://www.carmenmattijssen.nl

  • The Gold Lipstick

    Absolutely love it!

    Mireia from TGL
    https://thegoldlipstick.com/

  • Charlotte

    Hey Lucy. It’s really refreshing to read honest writing about the ‘fashion world’. I have friends in fashion pr and social media and they always seem to be very secretive and “i woke up like this” about shows, parties, freebies, invites and connections, appearing nonchalant and cool like everything is effortless and a club you just need to be in. I have always doubted that it’s all easy and you’re either ‘in or out.’ Your honesty confirms my doubts, that everyone is actually real and there is no shame in being a nit unsure some of the time. I really like the direction your writing has moved in, its really intelligent and enjoyable to read and not only that makes me feel like as woman we are being supportive of one another.

  • Such an honest and open read…thank you for opening up to us! Frankie x

    http://www.joieandthevivre.com

  • Only you could make vinyl pants look so casual but cool! Great read. I’ve never been to a major fashion week but I’ve been going to the one in my city for a while now, and I’m almost at a good place with it. I don’t go every night because I’d rather get a good night’s sleep, and when I do go it’s just to enjoy the shows. I’ve never been that great at networking so I’m hoping to work on that.
    xx

  • Love these trousers!

    http://www.gloryofthesnow.com

  • This piece you’ve written has really really inspired me. I attended my first ever LFW this year and as a blogger I experienced a lot of the feelings you experienced too – I found myself second guessing my outfit, a bit disappointed about not being photographed or not being invited to some of the shows others were, and I felt that almost high school clique atmosphere but at the same time, I met some amazing people, saw some beautiful collections and just really enjoyed the day and the magic of it all. Like you rightly said, it’s about hitting a balance and at some point, you have to realise this is for you and your happiness too!

    Thanks for inspiring some confidence in me <3

    x
    Shloka
    http://thesilksneaker.com

  • Kelly Bingham

    So interesting to read how your views and relationship with fashion week has changed. I loved how honest and open you were, rather than many other bloggers who only like to talk about the great times they’re having.

    The outfit is amazing too! Love the contrasting textures of the suede and leather.

    Kelly x
    http://www.anneinthedollhouse.com/

  • I love the way you write so much. It’s so refreshing to read a genuine account of your journey through fashion week and really interesting to see how your experience has changed within your career.

    Also, I like how everything is pared down in your outfit here to make those trousers such a statement!

    http://www.shoestringthreads.com

  • I love the way you write. It’s my first time reading one of your posts, and I’m definitely going to follow because you have such a refreshing but refined writing style. Can’t wait for more!

    Take Me to the Bay