London Fashion Week – Menswear
Updated: Jul 7, 2020
This Saturday was my first experience of working as a Stylist for London Fashion Week Menswear. I supported backstage for the Irish designer Sharon Wauchob who is known for her unpredictable, unconventional edge in the world of contemporary luxury. Sharon is known for her unique experimental use of materials and fabrics and this show did not disappoint.
The location was All Saints church an equally quirky choice of venue for the designer who presented her first men’s and women’s show during the men’s schedule. The clothes where beautifully designed with exquisite fabrics, for menswear there was loose tailoring, trench coats and shirts with distinctive details and glittering finishes. For women my personal favourite was a gorgeous fringed skirt in a beautiful nude colour and the gorgeous black and white layered dress in a lovely sheer fabric. The rest of the womenswear consisted of tuxedo jackets and tasselled trousers, shirts pressed into pleats and fabulous unusual trench coats.
The pace backstage is extremely hectic, and the pressure was on to get the models dressed to showcase the outfits at their best. This is a world away from the experience that the audience gets to see and the result is well worth all of the time, energy and hours spent curating the shows.
After the Show
After the show there was a short window of time for us to grab a quick G&T and then onto the Bianca Saunders show. This was a completely different take on the catwalk shows that we have become accustomed to (I have to say I personally prefer the traditional catwalk show, not least because it gives you the opportunity to see how the fabrics move). The venue was the very contemporary building that is 180 the Strand. The show consisted of static models and was titled ‘Gestures’. The collection presented masculine clothes infused with subtle aspects of femininity. After viewing the static show we spent some time walking around the designer showrooms which were a fabulous mix of contemporary clothes with a high fashion edge to the downright bizarre. The audience was just as eclectic and it was a stark reminder of how people can use their clothes to express aspects of their personality.
To say that I was exhausted by the end of the day was an understatement, however it was a fabulous experience one that I was extremely privileged to have the opportunity to experience.