London Fashion Week took place from February 18-23, 2011. Somerset House, located in Holborn, hosted the bulk of the shows and there was a black, mysterious showspace in the middle of its Greek-inspired courtyard in which the actual shows and presentations took place.
Around the outside of the showspace were fashionistas, designers, photographers, journalists, students and other individuals caught up in the fashion frenzy. Bright colors, bold prints, stripes and black were in abundance in addition to well-coordinated neutral tones. Oversized, chunky wedges were also spotted around the area.
The two shows capping off the final day were the KTZ collection and the Tween collection, respectively. KTZ featured Women’s RTW, Men’s RTW, accessories, shoes and scarves while Tween only focused on Menswear’s pieces keeping with the subject of the last day of LFW, “Menswear Day.”
Backstage was pure madness. Make-up artists and hair stylists, sometimes three at a time, worked for dozens of minutes on each model’s hair and face. Models with free time munched on Subway sandwiches and bananas while wardrobe stylists prepared the outfits for each model. As the 5-minute call came for the show to begin, dressers stood on guard ready to dress and undress the models between each look. The director called, “okay it’s time, are you guys ready,” and everyone nodded in unison.
Then, the show began. Thin, tall , colorful subjects lined up with their game faces and first poses on for the Canon press photographers as they stood ready to walk the stage.
But they came running backstage to race and put on their next outfit. It was intense! Within seconds, a new piece was placed on the model, hair was touched up and every accessory was placed meticuously before he/she was back in line, cool and composed for the next strut.
And after hours of preparing, styling and rehearsing, the show was over within minutes.
One room over, the Tween crew was beginning the exact same process. The make-up crew, stylists, dressers and the rest of the lot started putting the production together for a clean-cut, dark, tailored Menswear show.
Stacks of fashion magazines and complimentary vitamin water were taken to the runway area. Dressers were briefed on their duties and instructed on the proper way to tie the moss green scarf for the model, Jake.
And once again, after all the logistics were set the final show commenced on the white, glossy runway.
Okay, I haven’t done one of my fashion blogs in a verrrrrry long time and what better time to get my fashion police on than now that the Grammy’s have come and gone…I didn’t catch the show as it doesn’t air on any of the channels I have here in Doha but thank God for internet…I caught some photos…