London Fashion Week 2010.1

February 23rd, 2010.

From a time and a place so far distant I'm not sure cat memes had been invented yet, I recently rediscovered photos taken form my first (*) ever London Fashion Week - mere days before I was set to fly out of the UK, never to return, ever.

(I returned slightly over a year later, and have been here for five years since then)

At the time I thought nothing of it... but for what it's worth, here's how it went down on a single cold evening at Somerset House in 2010:

"OMG London Fashion Week is on" "OMG what's that even about?"

"OMG London Fashion Week is on"
"OMG what's that even about?"

Fashion isn't just Art and Air-Kisses (baby)

Fashion isn't just Art and Air-Kisses (baby)

From within the bowels of London Fashion Week HQ : "We spent thousands on that mural and they're parking vans and putting neon-jacketed security people in front of it??"

From within the bowels of London Fashion Week HQ : "We spent thousands on that mural and they're parking vans and putting neon-jacketed security people in front of it??"

Do you remember where you were on or about 19-24 February 2010?

Do you remember where you were on or about 19-24 February 2010?

You should see how they're redesigning the Armed Forces' uniforms.

You should see how they're redesigning the Armed Forces' uniforms.

"Yeah, I'm double-handbagging. It's a thing...."

"Yeah, I'm double-handbagging. It's a thing...."

"Those owls who gave their feathers for your jacket didn't just die painfully, they died WILLINGLY. That's the power of fashion, Darling"

"Those owls who gave their feathers for your jacket didn't just die painfully, they died WILLINGLY. That's the power of fashion, Darling"

"What do you mean "this clashes" - it's 2010, of COURSE it clashes!"

"What do you mean "this clashes" - it's 2010, of COURSE it clashes!"

"I'm sick of having to gain weight for fashion week. The Industry has no idea which way it's going these days..."

"I'm sick of having to gain weight for fashion week. The Industry has no idea which way it's going these days..."

"I'm not part of fashion week and my plastic shopping bag doesn't have an agenda with regard to Chechnya or child poverty, but okay you can photograph me..."

"I'm not part of fashion week and my plastic shopping bag doesn't have an agenda with regard to Chechnya or child poverty, but okay you can photograph me..."

"That's how big they're doing shoulder pads next year? Okay... I guess I'll take that risk..."

"That's how big they're doing shoulder pads next year? Okay... I guess I'll take that risk..."

So far it hasn't been quite as mindblowingly odd as I'd feared / hoped London Fashion Week would be. Unless that guy's wearing a pink chainmail singlet under that brown felt coat, I guess..

So far it hasn't been quite as mindblowingly odd as I'd feared / hoped London Fashion Week would be. Unless that guy's wearing a pink chainmail singlet under that brown felt coat, I guess..

"I just work in the cafe, please don't call this fashion : my MOM made me wear this" "Does she run a major label?" "If that's a euphemism for working in fast food, then not exactly...."

"I just work in the cafe, please don't call this fashion : my MOM made me wear this"
"Does she run a major label?"
"If that's a euphemism for working in fast food, then not exactly...."

"Hi, this is 2016 calling. Are things Clashing over there where you are?" "Yep" "Cool -- thanks"

"Hi, this is 2016 calling. Are things Clashing over there where you are?"
"Yep"
"Cool -- thanks"

The hair is real. The cigarette isn't.

The hair is real. The cigarette isn't.

"Wait... have they invented emojis in the year 2010? How do you text a brown poo with a sombrero??"

"Wait... have they invented emojis in the year 2010? How do you text a brown poo with a sombrero??"

"They're just scarves, bro. We didn't invent them"

"They're just scarves, bro. We didn't invent them"

"Of course I've done London Fashion Week before. But on an unrelated side-note, when I get to the end of the catwalk, I'm meant to do WHAT exactly?"

"Of course I've done London Fashion Week before. But on an unrelated side-note, when I get to the end of the catwalk, I'm meant to do WHAT exactly?"

"Driver : drive me to Shake Shack or Five Guys Burgers and Fries.... or whatever fast food you can find here in 2010"

"Driver : drive me to Shake Shack or Five Guys Burgers and Fries.... or whatever fast food you can find here in 2010"

"You're good. Most people would have photographed the hat, but you went straight for the aged narwhal tusk buttons"

"You're good. Most people would have photographed the hat, but you went straight for the aged narwhal tusk buttons"

"Whatever happened to just wearing Jeans and a T-Shirt? Or a tiara and massive hair-extensions?"

"Whatever happened to just wearing Jeans and a T-Shirt? Or a tiara and massive hair-extensions?"

So that, however weirdly, was that. I 'discovered' London Fashion week on the second last day and couldn't even be bothered to go the next day. Who knew that from such humble beginnings I'd be doing it all again, in 2012.2, and in 2013.1, and 2013.2, as well as 2014.1, 2015.1, and both 2016.1 and 2016.2.

You're welcome, Darlings (*kiss* *kiss*).