Sunday, 26 January 2014

LOH Fashion Show

Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris has come and gone and I was very grateful to have received my first ever invitation for a show! Okay.. fine it didn't exactly have my name on it... it had my boss' name. But that's besides the point really. To cut it short, I was asked to represent her at LOH Paris' first ever Haute Couture Show and I was absolutely thrilled.

I managed to wangle another ticket so the other intern, Alice could come with me. We woke up very excited and heading to the super glamorous, George V hotel.

After handing in our invitations, we were ushered into the waiting room where we anxiously waited to be shown to our seats.

It was at this moment that my ego erupted.. as I was asked by a very lovely American girl if I had bought my hat from Maison Michel, Chanel's Chapellier (Milliner). I went so red and awkward and didn't have the courage to tell her it was only from &OtherStories. I think my brothers deserve another huge thank you for finding this little beauty for me for Christmas.

I had heard that Fashion Shows never run on time, but I was pretty surprised when we were lingering in the waiting room for already an hour. Eventually we were shown to our seats, very good seats at that.

We were definitely sat behind some massive BNOC's (Big name on Campus) - or in other words, some serious big dogs from the fashion industry. I think I may have even been papped... Okay fine, the camera was definitely not pointing at me, but I managed to sneakily pop my head in for a couple.

The Nature theme was evident from the beginning when they brought in a huge owl.

After about half an hour of sitting down (bearing in mind we are now running 1 and a half hours late), we were treated to a short 'magic' performance. Essentially the gentleman picked out people's personal possession's from the crowd and his partner, who was blindfolded, was able to say what they were and also the names on people's cards etc. Although it was pretty impressive, her nervousness masked by elaborate explanations of the objects left me unconvinced.

Finally the show started...

I was a little less than impressed when the first model came out wearing leggings and a jacket.

After a pretty rocky start, they only just redeemed themselves with a couple of the long dresses.

Unfortunately it was obvious it was their first show due to the long and awkward pauses between models.

The finale consisted of an elaborate and gorgeous wedding gown.

They pulled out all the stocks, with a violinist, snow machine, another baby owl and a bloomin' wolf!

Obviously seeing as it was my first fashion show I cannot really complain, nor compare. However what I did know was that I wasn't left particularly impressed... In my opinion they tried too hard to include all the fancy pancy stuff like the wolf and the huge explosion of confetti at the end, and failed to concentrate on the things that matter, like hiring models who could actually walk in heels!

However we did have some nice champagne and nibbles at the end.. So I feel bad complaining too much!

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