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Wednesday September 3rd was one of the most stressful night of my life!
Picture this: A stress-prone fashion blogger/budding high fashion magazine editor sitting front row at a designer runway.
Kind of like what you see in movies and on The Rachel Zoe Project, right?
Well I wish I could say that things went that smoothly.
There I was, sitting in my cute little Volkswagen Beetle, with my knees tucked under my chin while wearing my (very high) Windsor Smith ‘Powwer’ heels, draped in this gorgeous printed kimono from Mink Pink, while tugging at my leather top from Mossman, and trying not to make the rips in my Topshop ripped jeans any bigger than they should be. It was 6:00pm and the MSFW Designer Runway 2 was going to start at 6:30. We thought that surely, parking would be easy to find… It wasn’t.
My poor mother and I drove around for one hour trying to find parking! By the time we parked and walked down to Melbourne Town Hall, Designer Runway 2 has approximately 7 minutes until it was over.
Stressed, depressed (but well dressed) and absolutely desperate to see the show, we went to the box office, explained our situation and asked if it would be possible to see the 8:00pm show. After being told that we needed to purchase new tickets, my mum and I turned and left the box office in defeat. Then, we hear the words “guys, hold on”
After the emotional roller coaster that was missing the first show, stressing to find parking, and not being able to get tickets for the 8pm show, a wave of relief rushed over us thanks to this one incredibly kind woman. As we turn around, the MSFW volunteer comes over to us with two tickets to the 8pm show, free of charge. “Take these and enjoy the show” she said. In shock, I replied “are you serious?!”
So, from then, what I liked to call my night begun, and I got to see the amazing work of Manning Cartell, LIFEwithBIRD, Khalo, Carly Hunter, Alice Mccall, Lui Hon, YB J’AMIE, Neo Dia, and finally, Willow.
Although every collection was great, I did have my favourites, which were Lui Hon, Neo Dia, Manning Cartel and Khalo. (pictured above)
I must admit though that although I loved majority of the collections, there were some pieces that didn’t appeal to me. For example, Carly Hunter’s collection which consisted of a lot of draping and 80’s prom dress silk/satin puffy tops didn’t excite me.
Another thing that I didn’t particularly like was that a lot of the collections used Birkinstock styled shoes from MSFW official partner, Windsor Smith (Slip and Cara sandals) which, for someone who absolutely loathes that type of sandal, really pulled my attention away from the pieces which I was meant to be focusing on.
Windsor Smith, however, did have other pairs of gorgeous shoes on display, specifically their 60’s inspired ‘Largo’ shoe which I have fallen for!
Looking back, I am so grateful that I got to be apart of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, and I know that Designer Runway 2 was only the first of many fashion shows that I will go to see, and hopefully this time next year I can be writing to you from London, Milan, Paris, or New York!
I would also like to say a big thank you to that MSFW volunteer – I don’t know who you are but I’m sending every positive vibe your way!
Stay tuned: Next week I will be posting videos from MSFW Designer Runway 2 on YouTube!
We all know that when it comes to fashion, designers all over the world draw inspiration from each other, further exposing amazing pieces of clothing, jewellery and accessories to the fashion moguls of the world. Although some pieces are dramatically changed and adapted into the iconic signatures of each designer and fashion house, some stay very true to their original concept and design. This type of imitation within the fashion industry is completely acceptable is recognised as a smart marketing scheme, making high statement fashion pieces affordable for all different types of people.
Imitation within the fashion industry is absolutely adequate. However, there are many times where copying is not reasonable, making imitation not only annoying but extremely generic and potentially destructive to trends and style. To gain inspiration from someone’s outfit is fine. To completely take their whole look and use it as your own, is not.
At the moment, this form of imitation has been causing me much distress (this is not an overreaction) only for the reason that you cannot go out without looking the same as everyone else. My favourite quote, which is clearly stated at the top of my blog is “People shouldn’t succumb to trend, they should interpret trend”. To put it simply, just because an accessory, type of jacket, pant or shoe is popular or “in style” it doesn’t mean that you should go out of your way to have it. Fashion is all about standing out and expressing who you are through your outfit. It is a way to express your passions, your emotions and your personal outlook on things without having to say a word. Take a printed top as an example; Is the top printed with the name and logo of your favourite band? Or have you bought a Nirvana t-shirt without knowing who Kurt Cobain is? Are you wearing the same pair of jeans as the three other girls (or boys) standing in front of you in the line to the counter while purchasing the leather sleeved cardigan that every Cara, Miranda and Poppy are wearing?
Naturally, I shouldn’t be the person making decisions for you, and if you love those jeans, who am I to stop you from purchasing them? The point is, do not buy them just because everyone else has them. Imitating someone’s style is almost as bad as cutting and pasting your essay and trying to pass it off as your own. Not only is it tacky, but it is also annoying for the people who genuinely love that item of clothing or accessory!
I do not know if it is just me, but I like to go out wearing my favourite outfit, knowing that I put it together and that I was able to choose every piece that I am wearing in order to create the look that I am going for. Individuality is key to making fashion work for you, and succumbing to trend is the perfect way to hide who you are and your singularity.