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10 September 2013

What fashion week means to me

#teenvogue // AQUA leather jacket, ZARA bag and shirt, STEVE MADDEN boots, H&M skirt and collar

Talking about front row seating arrangements a few days ago got me thinking about what fashion week means to me; me as a blogger, as a teenager who loves fashion and as an outsider to the industry. Yes, I am a 'fashion blogger' and although I believe that takes time, effort and deserves every ounce of respect, I do not believe that I am an editor. I am not a fashion journalist (yet, at least) because just as much as I realize what the power of having access to a wide audience through blogging can achieve, I also am ever more aware of it's limitations. The dissillusion that the first couple years of blogging brought has faded and I am more aware now of what it really means to be a blogger.

Up until about 2 year ago, I didn't quite know what direction my life was headed in. I'm a planner, and my plan only really reached as far as the end of my GCSE year. I won't pretend like that didn't frighten me just a bit, I felt like I was skydiving and I do not like heights. Beyond that, I had a couple ideas of the direction that I wanted to move in and oddly enough a lot of those ideas were directed towards Biology. At the back of my mind fashion had always been there, an inkling that was strengthened as I started working harder on this blog and although I was lectured countless times about the impracticality of wanting to work in the industry, it was an inkling that seemed to persist. Then I happened to be attending a presentation a couple streets over from Somerset house during LFW, I figured I may as well wander over there to see what all the fuss was about. I arrived to a packed square and took a seat on the sidelines. I sat for about 20 minutes watching shows empty and people line up, admiring the crowds and taking it all in. After that 20 minutes I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in fashion, I left somerset house feeling electric. For the following months I toyed with ideas of fashion design, and only when I started spending time writing more and more on Into The Fold did I realize that I really, very desperately wanted to write. It was one of those bizarre, slow burning epiphany's that has in every essence of the word changed my life.

The British Fashion Council recently announced that blogger accreditation is going to become more challenging to get, only bloggers with a large audience and evident support of British designers will be given it. I expect that this might be met with some retaliation among bloggers and such, but I'm all for this. Yes, it means that I probably won't be gaining accreditation for a few years while I develop my blog. Yes, that makes it pretty impossible to gain access to shows on the official LFW schedule. Why wouldn't that bother me? Because I don't think that bloggers are entitled to seats at fashion week, just like I don't believe that editors of a magazine which only reaches 100 people a month are entitled to seats at fashion week. I said that I believed celebrities are not entitled to seats, so why would bloggers be? Fashion Week is an industry event and merely having a fashion blog does not garner you as one of fashion's elite. Until you have the ability to contribute to the industry then what reason do you have to expect an invite to the event. In a way this will help validate what bloggers do, it's a step forward in respecting the bloggers that honestly contribute and have something valid to say, and even more so, have people willing to listen. Fashion blogging has come under such scrutiny lately that it seems this choice my the BFC was inevitable, and welcome.

This season I'll most likely only be attending the Vauxhall Fashion Scout shows for two reasons; They get less coverage, and so are more interesting for me to blog about and the show spaces are smaller so I can get better pictures and give a better opinion on the show. It's hard to report on clothes that are 30 feet away from you. They're always surprising and I never expect anything of them until the show is over. Sure, I'd love to be front row at Burberry for the thrill of it, to be that close to something created by creative genius would be an honor in any case. I hope that one day I will be there, that I will be reporting the show for a large audience, sharing my opinion and working for a publication I love. But right now, for me fashion week is never about who got the most invites, it has nothing to do with who is on the front row, it's about the pure concentration of fashion and that atmosphere that I still feel when I enter Somerset house two year later. Perhaps fashion week isn't an event at all, it's an experience.



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40 comments:

  1. wow is all I have to say. You are an incredible person, and I truely admire you. http://lovethesister.blogspot.fr

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  2. Great words.

    Fanny
    tvotvp.blogspot.com

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  3. Well said gurrrl. Fashion Week is quite something, whether experienced from the sidelines or elsewhere. I've been trying to find my own footing at LFW, and you know, bringing my own take on things as opposed to what my readers can probably just read in Vogue...

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  4. Couldn't agree more. There are not many fashion blogs worth reading out there either.

    /Avy

    http://mymotherfuckedmickjagger.blogspot.com

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  5. completely agree with you Camilla, you need to work extremely hard to be able to experience these things. i'm sure you'll get there in the not too distant future - your knowledge of fashion goes beyond just the garments. fab outfit, love that jacket

    High Society // highsocietyfashion.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Great post. I really like your style and how you express your ideas. Good work!

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  7. Beautiful look, dear! Really love the jacket and botties. x

    http://chictrends.co.uk/

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  8. I completely agree with you. Very well written, Camilla!
    x
    www.polway.eu

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  9. I hope to one day read your articles in a magazine :)
    xo
    Check out my personal blog :)

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  10. I totally agree with you Camilla! Fashion week is not about celebrities, for me it's also an experience(That i haven't experienced yet, but hope to do it someday) that should be shared for people who work on fashion industry. Celebrities are everywhere and I don't get why they do so much noise at Fashion week. I would probably feel the same as you go into Somerset House, we're the same age and it so amazing to hear these experiences from someone like me. Xx Amazing article, btw :)

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  11. I so agree with this! I dream of going to fashion week one day, not even to go to a show but just to experience the true bustle of fashion!

    Xenia xx

    afashionation.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. I love this personal writing that you do. I agree with what you say, and wish you all the best for the future and whatever career path you choose to take. I love reading your posts and seeing your outfits!

    ellenunderwater.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. Such a beautiful piece of writing, you really have such a talent! I couldn't agree with you more! xxx

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  14. I'd love to write too! Fashion journalism/magazine editing is a huge aspiration of mine. You're writing is brilliant. Xxx

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  15. Wow, this post really shows your love and commitment to it all. I agree that just because you're a celebrity doesn't mean you should have front row seats as there are people out there (like yourself) who want it to much more and who are working harder achieve it. I hope one day you fulfill your dreams :)

    xx

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  16. I really can't wait for the day when I can make my own way over to fashion week, I'd really love to have that experience... I don't entirely agree with you though, I don't think people should be excluded just because they don't work within the industry. Because after all, we are fashion. We are the people who make those genius designs live forever. Just by wearing an item inspired by the catwalk you contribute to the industry; take the ZARA skort for instance. we all have the ability to contribute - but especially through blogging - which, lets be honest, is a major part of the industry now. It would be like not letting people into an art gallery unless you're an artist.

    Bumble Speaks

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    1. I think it's important to remember that fashion week isn't really like an art gallery per se, it's an industry event, so more like an art fair etc for galleries as opposed to the public. I don't think bloggers should be excluded at all, I just don't believe that simply because you run a fashion blog that you have the right to go, you have to be able to contribute something to it and share it to an audience. I definitely see your point, and I don't think fashion should be exclusive, but I do think that industry events should be totally open to everyone, thank you for commenting! :)

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    2. yeah fair enough, I do see your point that just having a blog doesn't mean you should get free front row tickets! It's just that fashion week already takes up such a big part of our lives, and is seen by everyone even if they're not in the industry. Good luck in your endeavors though, you deserve it!

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  17. great article.You will be an amazing journalist xxx

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  18. great article.You will be an amazing journalist xxx

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  19. Wow gorgeous outfit, amazing photos too xo

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  20. Compliments to the photographer and your thoughts!

    Best,
    the ALLAROUNDEVE team

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  21. I couldn't agree more with you. To be honest I think that it is right for the BFC to rase there entry, it makes it more exclusive and in a way better to have less bloggers there. I hope you achieve your dream. :)

    Sasha
    obsedeepalamode.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. great outfit!
    i love what you wrote. I'm at the end of high school now here in aust and everything is now focused on high education. I also share that struggle with you of wanting to be in the fashion industry or pursuing studies that are more pragmatic. I'll try to do both, let's see what happens :P
    good luck with everything on your blog- it's great :D
    xx
    http://anoddgirl.blogspot.com.au

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  23. I really admire your ambition and accomplishment - it's already a great achievement to have such a successful blog - and I can definitely see you being an amazing fashion editor in the future :)

    subtorialstandard.blogspot.com

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  24. I love your outfit! Beautiful pictures too! x

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  25. "Fashion bloggers are entitled to seats at Fashion Week" - that was probably the smartest thing I ever read when it comes to Fashion Week + Bloggers. Great outfit.
    Bian, Mortem Blonde

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  26. Perfect look!
    Kiss
    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/4487669/donkeycool

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  27. This outfit is really perfect from head to toe! :-)

    Jasmin

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  28. Completely agree with what you wrote! I'm attending one of the presentations on the Saturday but I'm mainly going to soak up the atmosphere and source some inspiration from the street style. I think it's nice to have the motivation to work hard. A dream of mine is to one day sit on the FROW and actually have an influential role in the industry, but I'd never want to until I truly knew I deserve to be sat there.
    Hopefully see you there. I'm travelling up from Cardiff!

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  29. you have a lovely blog <3 this outfit is so cool!!
    do you wanna follow each other on GFC, bloglovin and facebook? let me know on my blog!
    http://stormia-fashion.blogspot.com/
    kisses ♥

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  30. You are so down to earth its refreshing! I completely agree with you. Im settling for working as a dresser, its like a front row seat with an automatic after party invite!

    x E - Jazzlipsandtulips

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  31. Congratulations on the shows opportunities! It a first step to get to see the big shows! :D I like how honest and down to earth you are. I really want to pursue a career in fashion but it also take courage to really go do it in an industry with a lot of uncertainties and I admire you! :D

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    cassandra xx
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  32. I love your bag! I should really start looking to Zara for handbags...

    xx Aria
    http://arialuv.blogspot.com

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  33. I love this post. Bloggers are everywhere and frankly all you ever see are posts of them going to the shows and sitting front row. It's like betch you were sent to talk about the show and take photos of the clothes not your damn lap holding your invite (lol). Ok I am sure one day I will do that just to rub it in people's faces (moo haha). But even the top bloggers are now just show ponies for the brands. I hate Instagram during fashion week. Every blogger is posting the same generic thing. Do these people not get access to backstage? Take a photo of the models together or something. Nope, they are busy taking selfies or getting papped outside. This is why you and Man Repeller are one of the few blogs I give a shit about reading and looking at. Fashion is great and eveything, but when it becomes a me me me thing it gets boring. Share it with people so that they too feel a part of it. *sigh*.

    I too want to front row seats to Burberry. Not gonna lie.

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  34. I really love this post. I think it's so interesting to hear how fellow bloggers got into going to fashion week and why they continue to go. You are a great writer - you will definitely be sitting front row at Burberry reporting for an awesome magazine soon. xx

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  35. I am glad that I found your blog, keep going.

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