Let me just start by saying I’m so sorry that I haven’t posted in a little while. September is always a crazy month with moving back to university and getting everything ready for that. But this year my September has been even crazier than usual as I worked at London Fashion Week last week! To make up for my lack of posting I thought that I’d write about my experience working at LFW since so many of you seemed interested to read about it. It’s always fun to write about something different to my usual content every now and then so hopefully you’ll find it just as fun to read.
What is LFW?
Well I’m sure most of you know that LFW stands for London Fashion Week which is the largest event in the UK for fashion. Taking place twice every year, for Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer, LFW is a huge event that brings designers, models, journalists, influencers etc. together to view the upcoming trends in the fashion world. Fashion Week isn’t solely hosted in London, the other large fashion week events take place in Paris, Milan and New York twice a year as well.
What drew me to working at Fashion Week SS19?
As someone who is somewhat interested in fashion and general style, I always admired Fashion Week. When I was younger, I remember watching films like The Devil Wears Prada and being completely fascinated by the seemingly glamorous life of those in the fashion industry. I knew that I wanted to get myself to LFW one day, somehow, but I didn’t think i’d be going so early in my life. I thought getting to LFW without being a huge name in the fashion industry was impossible but that wasn’t the case at all! So I set about looking for work and stumbled across an opportunity. I sent over my CV and had a response within a week. I had the job!
What job was I doing?
I landed a job helping out backstage in the digital team as an assistant. When I applied for the job I wasn’t entirely sure what being an assistant entailed. But, I was just excited to be at Fashion Week at all! When I arrived I met up with the rest of the team who were a mix of writers, photographers and social media managers. It was really interesting to meet a group of new people with similar interests to myself.
After chatting to everyone at our meeting, the day before the start of LFW, I was told what my tasks over the weekend would be. It turned out that as an assistant I was basically in charge of making sure that the rest of the team were in the right place at the right time. My main responsibilities were proofreading posts (which I realised I might actually be quite good at!), checking that the live streams were working properly and getting any equipment that the digital needed from the office. Although I did also manage to write a Street Style post for their site too!
Did I get to watch any shows?
A really great perk of being an assistant was having quite a bit of free time. This meant that I had plenty of time to pop up and watch some of the shows. When the first show started I actually had goosebumps from the bass of the catwalk music! It was such a cool experience getting to watch catwalk shows and was one that I definitely didn’t think would happen.
My thoughts on the experience
As a whole, the experience was such an amazing one. Seeing the behind the scenes aspect of a fashion show was something that was completely fascinating for me. I realised that it isn’t all glamour. A lot of work goes into the running of these shows! And it really was incredible to be a part of putting together these shows, even if I was only as assistant. Who knows, maybe next time I could be there as a guest! (a girl can dream…)
Thank you for reading and again apologies for the mini break in posting! Let me know your thoughts on this post and if there’s anything else from LFW you’d like to read about. Did any of you go the LFW this season?