Sooo, should probably be brushing up on the ol’ Deutsch at this stage considering my last ever German oral exam is taking place at this time tomorrow but, you know, I’m nothing if not
prone to procrastination unpredictable. Instead, I’ve opted to share with you the bones of my LFW survival kit. No, this is not intended as one of those comprehensive guides that other blogs and online mags do so well, but rather a brief snapshot of what keeps me buzzing rather than bailing from show to show…and no, there’s no cheeky bags of Charlie hidden away anywhere…
^ An overview of the essentials, from what I need to what I need to wear.
^ It’s difficult to traipse around central London for an entire day and retain the just-showered-scent or lack thereof you first had in the morning, hence, a splash from Tom Ford. This scent, Extreme, is not as overpowering as it sounds and attracts compliments whenever I wear it. Win.
^ Shitty on-the-blink LG Viewty which looks sexy but decides to have a laugh with me any time I need to actually get something done. No, I won’t be tweeting with this temperamental twat of a phone, but it will hopefully enable me to catch up with London folk in between shows.
^ I’m not expecting either the Stansted Express or the Picadilly Line to proffer much entertainment so re-reading the v. eloquent and engaging Alicia Drake’s The Beautiful Fall will keep me occupied. For those of you who aren’t familiar, it’s a mix of biographies of Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld as well as an insight into the heady setting of 1970s Paris.
^ Trusty Moleskin and Staedtler biro to pretend I’m important enough to be taking notes. Oh, and Carmex so as to never have to re-visit the chapped pain of my first season at fashion week. That was rough.
^ After two seasons of looking hot-and-bothered in an embarrassing amount of layers, I’ve made the much more sensible decision of not trying too hard this time ’round: jumper from New Look, vest from American Apparel, snood from H&M, jeans from Bershka, boots (see above) by Grafters and bag (see above) from ASOS.
There you have it. All this, a lot of caffeine, and a cocktail or
ten two should stand me in reasonably good stead. Oh and I know I’m going on an awful lot for just one day of shows but it wouldn’t be very fashionable if I was actually happy about going to London Fashion Week now would it? ; )
For those of you planning on making it to menswear day, what are your must-haves?