So this year I managed to visit a variety of fashion events, exhibitions and shows in both the UK and abroad. Here’s a round up of what I saw and loved in 2015.
January saw me applying to get into LFW shows in February and researching fashion writing courses. I was reluctant to go back to university for a Masters due to the cost, but I was determined to somehow get a job in fashion. Luckily things happened on that front this year!
Newcastle Fashion Week got revamped in May as NE1 Fashion Futures and it was world class. I attended excellent informative talks about the fashion industry by Henry Holland and Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman, as well as the impressive end of year Northumbria University show at Baltic museum.
In June I had a bit of a rest and tried to recharge my batteries for the months to follow. God knows what its like when you’re going to all four Fashion Weeks!
I was lucky enough to be invited to write about the fantastic Style is Eternal exhibition at the North East’s very own French Chateau, The Bowes Museum in July. It was a truly memorable event, with Yves Saint Laurent’s partner Pierre Berge in attendance! I wore vintage YSL and became a socialite for the evening! With music from the Northern Sinfonia. amazing food, a chance to look at key pieces from YSL’s stellar ground-breaking collections and Hot Chip on the decks, this was definitely the highlight of my year in fashion!
In October I visited this photography exhibition at the European Museum of Photography in Paris, which also featured some unfinished outfits by Alber Elbaz managed to be both fun and highly informative – I adored seeing the detail of his romantic gowns so closely and it made me quite giddy. Not long after this he stepped down as Creative Director of Lanvin (I remember I cried on the train when I saw it on Twitter). His fun, exuberant personality and work will be difficult to follow.
I went through merry hell to get to Mademoiselle Prive on the last day of November (and queued for two hours) but it was worth it – an innovative, fun exhibition which immersed the audience in technology (an app was necessary to interact with large parts of the exhibition). The quintessential English garden entrance at the Saatchi Gallery was beautiful, there were crazy Chanel art exhibits, delicate gowns displayed on beams of white light, Karl and Coco Chanel’s battle of wits in a hilarious film, and a sensory room full of fabrics.
After all this busyness I broke my damn ankle at the end of November and was pretty much out of action the whole of December – I was very excited to be accepted on the Mastered with Tim Blanks Fashion Writing course so am spending December researching and writing and challenging myself to push the boundaries! I’m very excited about 2016 and wishing you the best year ever!