What an insane week - four out of five days at LFW, two working backstage, my first fashion party (and a few too many mini bottles of prosecco) our jewellery from Hirst Antiques being borrowed for the Joseph runway show, and then straight after my first University interview. I feel absolutely exhausted but in a good way - there's some comfort in feeling tired for a real reason, as you feel like you've earned a rest, instead of feeling lazy for having a bit longer in bed or taking it easy for a day or two.
On Tuesday it was the last day of LFW, with two shows at the BFC showspace that we were helping prepare for. Mona worked with us backstage and we ended up having several photos taken before our day started as we had accidentally matched in red and black outfits. My jumper is from Beyond Retro, necklace from Tatty Devine, socks from Monki, shoes from Underground and Mona's trousers are The Whitepepper.
The collection was really great - my photos were on my phone again as we came straight from working, so I included some from Vogue.com as you need to see just how cool some of the pieces were. The concept was fantastic - I'm a sucker for a theme, and Ashley Williams' 'powergirl', a suited, business-woman boss with a hint of artful androgyny, a tazer in her pocket, and a sassy neon minidress completely swept me away. Trousers were pierced in a similar way to R. Shemiste's baseball caps, and crystal chokers and earrings added an element of sass to even the smartest of workwear. Williams described the collection as less "about gender fluidity, as [it is] about inner confidence," which to me accurately explained the way the clothes surpassed ideas of gender entirely, being more about individuals dressing with power and pride, irrelevent of their own gender or the socially defined gender of the garment worn. It was a highly modern and current theme and the clothes did not disappoint, with deconstructed suits, strong silhouettes and eye-catching prints making it one to remember.
The shapes were simply enthralling...to see them move was phenomenal, and I highly recommend you watch a video of the show as it really shows the pieces in the best light. This one by the British Fashion Council is HD and really captures the movement of the work.
I travelled to the interview with my HUGE portfolio by myself, which involved aching shoulders (I'm too short to hold it by the handle - it just drags on the floor!) a few wrong buses and panicked phone calls to my dad, but I made it in time (genuinely took me from 9.30am to 12.30 to get there...fingers crossed if I get in I get a little better at navigating hehe!). I fell very much in love with the uni..the interview wasn't too bad as my group was lovely (and everyone's work so fascinating!) and Annaliese very kindly met me for the BEST katsu curry lunch afterwards. It was a lovely end to a tiring week, and I am very much enjoying my recovery pyjama day today! I hope you all had a great week!