London Fashion Week 2013.1

February 15-19, 2013

(note : this duplicates (and restores) the journal featured on Redbubble which has been destroyed due to bad links for some time)

Just because I’m a guy, and somebody who prefers photographing movie premieres for my event photography, doesn’t mean that when the London Fashion Week circus passes by twice a year I don’t head out to see if I can find anything interesting to photograph. And generally speaking, if you’ve got a DSLR and wear it with some comfidence, you can even approach the various peeps, freaks and wannabes and get them to pose for you in the hope that you might be able to further their ambitions.

I’m pretty sure I’m not the kind of person they want. But still… if they’re going to let me in, I’m going to take photos. An hour or so after work is generally an amusing way to pass the time with friends and (odd-looking) strangers.

Here’s how it went down.

DAY 1

Location : Somerset House. One of the few times where carrying a DSLR makes you feel like you’re respected (yes, even a Pentax). Even regardless of how dodgily you might be dressed.

Location : Somerset House. One of the few times where carrying a DSLR makes you feel like you’re respected (yes, even a Pentax). Even regardless of how dodgily you might be dressed.

And – WOW – I’ve already found some fashion I can legitimately lust over : Marty McFly Back to the Future Part2 Power Laces Nikes. 1500 were sold at auction back in 2011 and even now they’re over GBP2500 for a pair on ebay.

And – WOW – I’ve already found some fashion I can legitimately lust over : Marty McFly Back to the Future Part2 Power Laces Nikes. 1500 were sold at auction back in 2011 and even now they’re over GBP2500 for a pair on ebay.

[muffled] : “GOTHAM…. take control of your city. But remember to look fabulous whilst doing so”

[muffled] : “GOTHAM…. take control of your city. But remember to look fabulous whilst doing so”

Animatronic Polar Bear? Because London Fashion Week, that’s why.

Animatronic Polar Bear? Because London Fashion Week, that’s why.

“Actually, If I’d known it was fashion week, I would have worn a suit and tie. Because I’m a nonconformist, duh”

“Actually, If I’d known it was fashion week, I would have worn a suit and tie. Because I’m a nonconformist, duh

“My Ticket? Damn… I can’t even remember if this thing has pockets…”

“My Ticket? Damn… I can’t even remember if this thing has pockets…”

If you’re good-looking and walking around Somerset House, chances are you’re going to be asked to be photographed by some dude wearing a small dead bear on his head.

If you’re good-looking and walking around Somerset House, chances are you’re going to be asked to be photographed by some dude wearing a small dead bear on his head.

“Well hello down there. I see you’re wearing… is that a black thinsulate beanie?? Oh, I am so sorry.” If you’re wearing a tie-pin like that, then I guess I have to take your criticism seriously.

“Well hello down there. I see you’re wearing… is that a black thinsulate beanie?? Oh, I am so sorry.” If you’re wearing a tie-pin like that, then I guess I have to take your criticism seriously.

Random celeb and starburst. I’m not that good with celebs at the best of times, but in the fashion world? If you’re not Kate Moss or one of the two Jays who used to be on America’s Next Top Model, I’m sorry you’re just nobody I can visually recognise.

Random celeb and starburst. I’m not that good with celebs at the best of times, but in the fashion world? If you’re not Kate Moss or one of the two Jays who used to be on America’s Next Top Model, I’m sorry you’re just nobody I can visually recognise.

DAY 2

Wore the glasses to protect his own identity.

Wore the glasses to protect his own identity.

George McFly had started to hang with the wrong crowd.

George McFly had started to hang with the wrong crowd.

I think you can get away with wearing something like this at London Fashion Week if it’s worn ironically. But I fear this is not being worn ironically.

I think you can get away with wearing something like this at London Fashion Week if it’s worn ironically. But I fear this is not being worn ironically.

Okay, well if it’s now an established trend, then I’m definitely going to SpecSavers on Monday and finding out whether you can get prescription versions of these.

Okay, well if it’s now an established trend, then I’m definitely going to SpecSavers on Monday and finding out whether you can get prescription versions of these.

I’m totally going out and buying a sketchbook and drawing stick figures of the models and clothing next year.

I’m totally going out and buying a sketchbook and drawing stick figures of the models and clothing next year.

Smoking is, like, really really cool. (Also, bad for you).

Smoking is, like, really really cool. (Also, bad for you).

Hedge Fund Manager Chic?

Hedge Fund Manager Chic?

"Killed it and skinned it myself... I don't need no underage Chinese sweatshop workers to do it for me..."

"Killed it and skinned it myself... I don't need no underage Chinese sweatshop workers to do it for me..."

Good news. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is THE expression on catwalks this year

Good news. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is THE expression on catwalks this year

Abject terror is the other. Seriously, lady, Pentax is TOTALLY a legitimate brand

Abject terror is the other. Seriously, lady, Pentax is TOTALLY a legitimate brand

Meanwhile, this is the man with the greatest chin in the world. If he was Batman… you’d KNOW who Batman was.

Meanwhile, this is the man with the greatest chin in the world. If he was Batman… you’d KNOW who Batman was.

Me, 2013 : Oh, look. Some model Me, 2016 : Wow. I photographed Cara Delevingne in 2013...

Me, 2013 : Oh, look. Some model
Me, 2016 : Wow. I photographed Cara Delevingne in 2013...

Queen Amidala during her ‘wild’ years.

Queen Amidala during her ‘wild’ years.

DAY 3

Asymmetrical Hat. Tricky to walk through crowds with, but gotta love

Asymmetrical Hat. Tricky to walk through crowds with, but gotta love

Joke’s on that guy – his camera doesn’t even HAVE an optical viewfinder. (Like a pet, a camera isn’t just an accessory, Fashion People)

Joke’s on that guy – his camera doesn’t even HAVE an optical viewfinder. (Like a pet, a camera isn’t just an accessory, Fashion People)

Structural engineering noncompliant? Even so, it looks impressive.

Structural engineering noncompliant? Even so, it looks impressive.

"I can't see a thing. That's cool, right?"

"I can't see a thing. That's cool, right?"

"I wanted a balaklava I could rob banks with... but I guess I might as well make lemonade with the lemons life gave me..."

"I wanted a balaklava I could rob banks with... but I guess I might as well make lemonade with the lemons life gave me..."

DAY 3 (above) - I had to cut the rest of this day short due to the premiere of "Stoker"
DAY 4 - I had to skip today entirely due to the premiere of "Cloud Atlas"
DAY 5:

Small hair envy?

Small hair envy?

Wat…. Really? And now my camera ALSO has body issues. Thanks for that, fashion week.

Wat…. Really? And now my camera ALSO has body issues. Thanks for that, fashion week.

I’m not the go-to guy on matters of fashion, but I’ll opine that Leopardprint can work… in black’n’white.

I’m not the go-to guy on matters of fashion, but I’ll opine that Leopardprint can work… in black’n’white.

"This thing weighs eight kilos and I'm worried it might be flammable..."

"This thing weighs eight kilos and I'm worried it might be flammable..."

Creepy/Cool

Creepy/Cool

Wait… you’re saying if I wore socks that long and had a white jacket, I could also rock a black beanie??? but I don’t have socks that long…

Wait… you’re saying if I wore socks that long and had a white jacket, I could also rock a black beanie??? but I don’t have socks that long…

"And that's not even on a TRIPLE WORD SCORE, babe..."

"And that's not even on a TRIPLE WORD SCORE, babe..."

… and I think it’s fair to say I’m spent.

… and I think it’s fair to say I’m spent.

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— Jonathan L.