What to wear to London Fashion Week. Actually, scrap that, what do I wear to London Fashion Week as a 6'0" tall woman? You'll think it would be ideal and that I would perfectly slot into place and look like one of the models on the catwalks (or at least the hotter older sister).
I do this every year. The issue is, it doesn't feel right, rocking along in trainers or flats if the whole outfit screams stilettos. My look must all coordinate lest I I look "off key." Gone are the days from school when a men's shirt, boys trouser and ugly black plastic things on my feet had to do. I have left those days way behind, and I think it is hardly acceptable that I be excluded from the fashion that I once modelled so gracefully for.
The move to 6"+ platforms recently has left me and other tall ladies a little left out of trend. I refuse to wear ugly shoes. Perhaps I should set a trend for going bare foot? I find my trusty low heel, white leather sling backs that maintain perfect silhouette, classy corporate and at a limited height extension. I need not tower above my peers even in their platform stilts but I will still hold myself up without bowing down to pass through the door.
In fact, I shall go to the ball. Be it trainers or heels, tall slim models like myself own Fashion Week, being tall should actually be an advantage, where this lack of confidence came from, I do not know. So during London Fashion Week I shall reclaim the throne as a tall woman and will mostly be wearing anything I want and look fabulous.
I spent a couple of days this past week at Graduate Fashion Week in London.
Graduate Fashion Week is the annual event that includes all University Graduate Design centres across the country to showcase, demonstrate and celebrate design talent and next generation inspiration. It is essentially an important time for Graduates who have now finished their academic journey and are starting the next phase of their life either in employment or branching out into self employed business. The event sponsored by George (Asda) is attended by fashion press, retailers, buyers and many important fashion elite so it really is the place to be seen as a Fashion Graduate.
I loved it. Generally I love Shoreditch. The days when the exhibition was at the Kensington Olympia in West London was just ok. Shoreditch however is special. Nowhere else in the world can you walk down the road and be immersed in so much originality and creative talent. It must be the most innovative area in London for creatives. It is a central spot for new boutiques and retailers and a major area for artists and creative galleries and events. Anything goes to some extent and this represents everything that modern fashion and creative inspiration should be about.
Looking at the new ideas displayed and speaking to some of the young designers, it is evident that a lot of work has gone into everything that makes a final Graduate piece. Inspired by the past, fashion is in constant motion and always evolving. Graduate Fashion Week is vital for sharing new ideas and presenting what the next generation of designers have in store for us.
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