Monday, 21 September 2009
Beauty and the Beast : Backstage at London Fashion Week
High Fashion always intrigues me, and this year, I attended Ashley Isham's show on the first day of London Fashion Week at the OnOff Venue in The Strand, where I managed to get access backstage.
The amount of preparation that goes into a 10-minute catwalk extravaganza is simply quite astounding. A feat comparable to an 8-second dance of mechanics around an F1 car in a pitstop. The number of people that attend to primping up a model from an anonymous street creature into a radiant 'haute-couture' Lolita is about 10, I can say. There's the hair stylist, assistant, nail woman, dresser, dress coordinator, shoes, make-up artist and the list goes on, not forgetting of course, the designer extraordinaire. Along with the sprinkling of journalists, photographers, videographers, caterers, its no wonder, its a circus. Perhaps there's a lion tamer in all that somewhere. There were certainly no clowns. The show was filled to the brim with guests including Michelle from Destiny's Child and a few 'regular' oddballs in designer drag.
For a video of the show, please go to www.onoff.tv