Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Things I've Learnt From Fashion Week

If you are a fashion lover even in the mildest of forms, for the past four weeks, your world has been a whirlwind of catching up on countless catwalk shows from New York to Paris. During the time we all were glued to our screens, I found that there is more to fashion week than just clothes. Whilst I learnt a few new lessons, there are also a couple of things that have left me in complete bewilderment. Probably the most invaluable pieces of knowledge I have ever picked up - These are the things I've learnt from Fashion Week.

Things I've Learnt From Fashion Week:

*Fashion is what we see on the runway, but Style is what we see on the street.

*Some attendees aim to get noticed by photographers by looking effortlessly chic, while others gain attention by looking like they had 10 seconds to get dressed in the dark from a box of costumes that belong backstage at a Broadway production.

*I wonder whether some of the heavily beaded colossally large ball gowns weigh more than the models themselves.

*It truly is a miracle that models still have most of their own hair after all the pinning and pulling, heat styling, braiding, curling, crimping, brushing, blowdrying, wig glueing, ironing and extending. I need to find out what shampoo they are using.

*I still have no idea why British designers (like Victoria Beckham) show at New York Fashion Week, and American designers (like Tom Ford) show at London Fashion Week.

*Designers usually come on to stage at end of their show to take a bow and bask in the glorious applause...This is their moment in the sun, so one would at least expect them to look their best or brush their hair for goodness sake!

*Designers can create just about any type of commodity from clothes to shoes, bags, makeup, fragrances and sunglasses, you would think that the least they could do is manufacture some underwear for their models to wear on the runway. I don't see how nudity is necessary when no one in their right minds (besides Lady Gaga) would dress that way in public.

*No matter what your style - minimalist, glamourous, sporty, classic, feminine, bohemian, tomboyish or dramatic, there is guaranteed to be a collection that will suit you. 

*I've figured that a model's real talent doesn't lie in the way she presents a designer's clothes on the runway, it's in the fact that she can walk 20+ shows in death-defying heels (without stumbling) and still look darn good doing it.

*Each city brings it's own brand of uniqueness to the fashion week table. New York yields a cosmopolitan blend of modern finesse, London has its roots in edgy innovation and interesting prints, Milan brings the high end glamour and sex appeal, and Paris is all about demure beauty and feminine elegance.

*I've realized that as long as you're designing for a highly admired and historically renowned fashion house, it doesn't matter if the clothes look like it's been strung together from the leftovers of a circus convention, critics will praise your work nonetheless.

*Runway makeup (especially the type that looks like the spattered remains of a detonated disco ball) Never, I repeat, Never Ever looks good in real life.

*I haven't quite figured out why designers create clothes for Size 0, 1.85m tall models, when the average woman (who is their actual consumer) is far off from that unattainable shape. 

*If Anna Wintour makes an appearance at your fashion show, either you must be exceptionally good at what you do, or she has a lot of free time on her hands. Which I highly doubt.

*It's never really worth buying into a $5000 trend that will only last one season. Or two. 

*No matter how many times I see the same collection on different blogs and websites, I always find something new to admire about it that I had originally missed.

*I find that the success of a collection can be established by how instantly recognizable any of the pieces are when worn off the runway.

*If socialites, heiresses and celebrities get most of the runway looks free of charge for publicity stints, who, then is actually buying these outrageously priced clothes?

*And finally, I've learnt that fashion week is a celebration of creativity, where ingenious designers convey their art by way of impeccably sewn clothes in exquisite prints and fabrics, brought to life by a supernaturally perfect human species known as supermodels. And as for the rest of us mere mortals, we just watch on in awe...then blog about it.

What have you learnt about Fashion Week?

*Images via Vogue.com & Style.com


Nina Sch. said...

Love the shoes!

Johlet said...

Sooo true! hehe
And I agree with the size 0 1.85m tall!
I can only dream of being a size zero! No matter how skinny I get my hips will never be a 0!

Nina V said...

I love the fact that people still likes fashion and actually think about it and doesn't just "love" everything. Great article!!

What I realized is that everything can be a trend of in fashion, because there are just soo many designers each crating for a different taste. Everyone can find something for themselves.


Lilli said...

Ahahah Sam seriously you made me laugh out load! You are so funny! You should keep to do this kind of post, have enjoyed your words so much! Well, I am totally agreed with your lessons, lol! Style is out from runways but often is maybe it go too much beyond the common sense of the world,and regarding it let me tell you that this year I was surprised to see pretty "normal" looks (despite in Milan where in my opion the street style was the oddest!). I also admire the models to be able to walk in such killer heels, poor I believe they got a life insurance either for the legs and the hair. If you find what kind of shampoo they use please share, I am so interested in it too!:P One of the things I learnt especially from the blogs is that during the fw everything is all in a rush, so better wore sneakers! Have a great day dear, kisses! xo

nicoleta buru said...

This is the best article I have read on your blog, my love *_*

Now is not only beautiful but very, I reapet, very intresting work you doing here.

Have a nice week,



Lilli said...


Sveva said...

This post is fantastic ahah! I agree with you about all!

Milenushka said...

Lovely post:)

Londyn said...

What a great recap!! Love the photos and couldn't agree with your learnings more! Make clothes based on real womanly shapes, and please put some damn underwear on the models! LOL

Carolyne O' said...

Fabulous doll and I TOTALLY Agree with you! You are amazing :DDD



My Urban Market said...

"Style is what we see on the street" is so true. This post is so funny. It's always pleasure to read your finds.


Jonnessa said...

Well said, I totally agree. Amazing and so funny article. :)

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Nicky mywishstyle said...

agree with you doll! beautiful post

Mª Pilar Domínguez said...

This is a great post!! I totally agree with you. I think if I were a model I would be bold after all those things they do with hair . Kisses, Sam and I hope you had a nice day:)

kim bim said...

Babes i have also learnt a lot from your beautiful post today. I totally agree that style is street and fashion is runaway. Am totally rocking that quote. I am loving this post sweetie..

Larissa said...

Hey dear! Nice post!
Thanks for your last comment :)

Lots of love!

Antonella C'est moi said...

hi honey beautiful post!!!kisses

Emmylou said...

Hahaha....great post, Sam! I agree with everything you wrote. Fashion weeks are great, but there's a lot of that "what the heck" stuff that make me shake my head:D
PS I need to know what shampoo these models use too.

Paola Lauretano said...

Of course, a great celebration of creativity!!!!!
I love FW!!!
Enjoy october my dear Sam!

Kacie Cone said...

haha I always wonder that too, if the people who would actually be able to wear them get them for free then how is the designer making money off of it? Love this post, it's all so true and it's things I've wondered to myself at some point!

Admirably Pretty said...

This is one of your most ineresting posts I've read, I loved the writing and simply everything you noted during Fashion Week! Amazing photos as well. This post was so true and so funny at the same time!

XO Imke

Bridie Mia said...

Love this post! Everything is accurately true haha. As much as it's great to enjoy fashion week, it also has its 'I'm not quite sure about this' points!

- Bridie
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Chadlen said...

Nice post Sam...yes, this is actually the fashion world....Let's keep what we like and not give to it more importance than we should... :)

Btw, which designer didn't brush his/her hair?

Have a nice evening...

awhite said...

I can't believe the abuse a model's skin + hair takes during fashion week! Can you imagine? My face and hair would be a wreck, yikes.

Great post!


Tamara Chloé said...

Hahahah Sam you are so funny and on point my dear!!
This post put a huge smile on my face!!

BTW I love the shoes!

One of your best posts!!;)))

Kisses xoxo Tamara Chloé

Rakel said...

great post! ^^


ChatterBlossom said...

I totally agree about the hair! That is a lot of damage that their hair must take!

Alexandra Zakharova said...

oh, I'm not a huge fan of fashion shows and probably I'm learning something new only from your posts, dear Sam)))))
Gorgeous photographs and nice text, you may easily write for any fashion magazine, indeed)
Have a fabulous time!


Lyosha said...

oh totally true! agree with your words. but still fashion shows are something special!

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Gabriele said...

loved this post it was very interesting and funny! even though I haven't been to a fashion week I can agree with you on many of your points! :)

Afina blog said...

Wow! Love girls in silver shoes! Grate! yes!!!!

Maddie said...

I really loved this post! I can definitely see that you put in some serious thought and effort in it!
I agree with everything you have said!
Haha, I agree, how the hell models still have their hair after fashion week? :D Would love to know that secret as well!


Peet said...

Ok, I LOVE this post!!! I agree with almost all of the points you made, especially the first two! Is that second photo related to the second or the first point though??:) And I've always wondered about the poor models' hair too - how come they have any left at the end of this craziness. And they supposedly walk about 8 km (in killer high heels of course) per season, which is just INSANE.

Margaret Dallospedale said...

Adorable post! I agree!!!!!
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Denisa said...

Wow, soooo many amaaaazing dresses.


Francy -Stef said...

Ahah!! Funny post, Sam!! These are really interesting observations!!
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Dascha Boonstra said...

Amazing ^^


Kim Alston said...

Funny post sam! What always got me were sometimes how bad the designers looked. LOL I'm like, you designed this fabulous collection and look like THAT. HaHa These weeks covering Fashion Week have been awesome for me. I love the "little" designers. Loved them more than the big names. So I learned something new. I learned a lot.

GagCloud said...

Great pics :)

Joana Teixeira said...

amazing post! :)

Blond Yasmin said...

Interesting post and lovely inspirations :)

Cinnamon and White Chocolate said...

You did such a great job with this post... you made me laugh and you made me wonder... ;)

worryaboutitlater bianca said...

oh yes, style is definitely on the streets!!! and hahaha I'm pretty sure some models don't weigh more than the clothes ;))
great post!!


Joyce said...

Hahahhaha love this post! I've wondered how models still have hair too since it seems like in all the backstage photos, they have all sorts of heat and pins and hairspray and things in their hair.

Diana Marks said...

such a great post! I second everything you said!

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Toks said...

A really great post. It's not the shampoo the models use but all the creams and conditioners they have to use to keep their hair halfway healthy. The models are used to walking the runways in heels and a lot of them find it easier than wearing flat shoes. I also have no idea why Victoria Beckham shows in NY and Tom Ford in London. And I totally agree about the size of the clothes. No normal person on the street is a size 0 and 1,85c tall.

Gail J said...

very beautiful!

Shes Dressing Up said...

Haaa, love this post! And it is so true about runway makeup never working in real life!

andysparkles said...

This is so funny! Sometimes I'm happy I'm not a model when I think about all the hairstyling and make-up all day - I've done some photo shoots and I didn't like that. I almost never use too much heat on my hair, so it stays healthy and shiny.


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Adeola Naomi Aderemi said...

Oh dear!!! This is such an amazing post and I totally echoes you on all your points.
My biggest baffle is of the rich heiress and socialite who get stuff free, like is that a job to them and who in the right mind pays to buy such ridiculously expensive stuff, since those who are more suitable to do that already get it free?
When you find the miracle shampoo let me know too, and I think Lilli is right about the models having insurance for all those pain in their job description.

Dressed with soul said...

Dearest Sam, did you already apply for your dream job - a fashion journalist? Because for this post you get my award, perfect insights and thoughts, nothing to add by my side because this is the proof for my that you are a pro in fashion <3

Wish you many success!

xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena


Duapara Goddelijk said...

Hello nice to meet you, really nice post, love pics about front row and details ,thanks for your comment dear, If you wantwe can follow each other on GFC and FB, I follow back always ;)

Helena Resende said...

Really interesting and nice post! :)

ellie balangue said...

I agree with you hundred percent! truly, style is what you see on street :)

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Jessica said...

I thought this was an amazing post. I would love to be able to attend fashion week somewhere.

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Elly @ Caribbean Living said...

Oh what a fab post Sam, a lot of your commentary made me laugh (in a good way!), I agree with everything you said! Some interesting insights I'd not thought of before also. That discoball make up is incredible on the models but I agree would NOT work in real life ha. Thanks for sharing this, and hope your week is going great!

Ileana said...

Love all the things you learnt!!! I still dont know why americans show in london...
let me know if u find out :)
Great post!



Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Fashion week really is something else! I always marvel at how the models are chameleons at this time!
Yes it is something that those that can afford it can get it for free huh? I know other well off ladies don't mind dropping a pretty penny on those pieces!


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Tanya said...

First of all, My two hands are clapping for you sweety. . My goodness, I love your point of views, You're genius! This is kind of job, you will definitely go further. It does makes me laugh on your professional of writer though, because everything that you said is so true - and I haven't seen from any fashion columnist Wish you a happy day!


trishie said...

So true what you said about fashion vs style!

Lavender Loafers said...

Hi Sam, I applause to your words, it's the most wonderful post of you so far, I really admire your sense of humor and writing style. This post is deserved to be posted in fashion magazines such as Bazzar, Vogue or in some online edition as Anothermag

Have a great week ahead, thank you for lovely comment on my blog

Marta Purriños Hernández said...

Perfect makeup and heart sunglasses


Carolyne O' said...

Loads of kisses my sweetheart <3



Daniella said...

Hey Sam, how are you my lovely? Interesting post sweetie, I always find it intriguing to read different people's opinions and views on fashion week :)

Take care,
Daniella xox

Mira said...

I know who buys these clothes. Women of (obviously) rich Sheiks and russian oligarchs! Yes I have seen it on the tv. I'm also pretty sure that these ball gowns wear more than the models and these ridiculous runway make-ups don't even look good on the runway. Apart from that I wonder about the whole fashion industry in general. Hope you're having a great day Sam :)

xx Mira


Coco Colo said...

Great post :)
You are so right!!


Josie said...

Haha love this Sam, all so true! I think it's confusing why Brits don't show in London etc xxx

Jessica Mattioli said...

Ahaha this is so funny!! I totally agree Sam ;)
Have a nice day hon!

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Zahra Sandberg said...

Haha I love this piece - and Ive wondered about some of the same things! Especially who is actually buying it and why Tom Ford shows in London. I learned that it is a completely different experience to see a show live with all of the energy and excitement that comes along with it.

Have a great week!


Bex Doctor said...

Hahahaha. You made my day Sam. We kinda think alike while watching Fashion Weeks.


Ana Aleksic said...

This is truly great post! :)
I'm also wondering about shampoo that models use. :)))

mademoiselle mode said...

Im in love with your pics ^^
I love your heart sunnies :)


Kelly Jaspers said...

love the post, and yes style is on the streets!!!
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Elle Sees said...

oooh i loved this post!! great roundup, sam!

Gloria la borsa di mary poppins said...

beautiful my dear!


S said...

Loved this post!
You really have express what (I guess) all think!^^
It was interesting and funny,I read all at once!
Great done sweetie!


Marisa Silva said...

Love this post!

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blackberryfashion said...

many fantastic inspirations :)


Sandra Leiva said...

I agree with you in most of your thoughts, dear.
Very nice post, thanks for sharing with us.



Coco said...

Sam this post is so truthful and straightforward! I admire you even more after reading it!
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Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Thanks for sharing Sam!

Pip said...

This is fabulous Sam and I wonder myself the same things about why designers show in different countries, why in the world they can't look their best when taking their bow! LOL! And, style is definitely something you gather after seeing looks on the runways and then interpret in your own way! Have a great night Sam and as usual, I love your post!

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Patricia G. said...

Love this post!!! I've learnt the best way to live fashion is the street style!! And, yes, models have an amazing hair! I want the same shampoo!

ELISA said...

thanks for sharing all these thoughts :)
I hope to learn them too one day
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Stylish By Nature said...

Let me say that I really love this post !!!! OMG its gorgeous !!!

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Kashaya said...

Great insights.=)

Oh to Be a Muse said...

These are all amazing points. I totally, totally agree. Who is buying these clothes? Who is wearing these clothes? I think the celebs who do wear the runway clothes are getting them for free and probably wearing a different size that the one on the runway. I don't get it. It would be nice to see an entire NYFW dedicated to the average woman.


Miss Top Ten Image said...

Hahahahaha!!! Sam darling you made me laugh out loud!! Great "lessons"!! ;-)


Anngelik Martinez said...

I would love to attend a fashion show! I am drooling over these garments and heels, so perfect.


Viktoriya Sener said...

Such an interesting post! It's so interesting to read!

Lady parisienne said...

the best of the fashion week!

Beckerman Girls said...

AMAZZZING pics!! Love all the colors! We were there for NY fashion week and it was the BEST time ever!
xoThe Beckerman Girls


Michelle LL said...

Love the humor of this post, you're an amazing writer. :) Fashion is about making a personal style statement, trends change quickly so doesn't matter if you follow the trend or not, You can be a trend setter with your own personal style, just find styles that work well with your body type. :)


Satu said...

Very well thought and wise post! I would have to agree with most of these things. Although I do not follow "fashion" / runway all that much.. :)

Love, Satu
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Anouka K said...

I've asked myself the same questions! Very interesting ideas and observations. Thanks for sharing these and offering food for thought.

getcarriedaway said...

wonderful wonderful wonderful post <3

Caro * said...

Great article ! Love to read it ! :)

Miu said...

Thank you so much for saying these things! :D

I also already wondered who is actually buying those things :D