London Fashion Week: A Mum's Eye View

I decided to invite my mum along to LFW to see if she could do my homework for me, and to give her an insight into what I do for work and what it’s like to actually be part of the fashion circus for a day.

Sep 17, 2012 at 1:21pm | Leave a comment

I’ve been attending London Fashion Week for about ten years now and sometimes, no matter how gorgeous, creative and inspiring the clothes on the catwalk are, you find you’ve run out of words to describe them and look in your notebook to see you’ve written ‘nice red trousers’. The adjective well can run dry. So I decided to invite my mum along to LFW to see if she could do my homework for me, and to give her an insight into what I do for work and what it’s like to actually be part of the fashion circus for a day.

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Mama Frangoul and me!

We were lucky enough to have front row seats at the Chinese designer Ji Cheng's show at Vauxhall Fashion Scout (also in attendance, Vogue China’s editor in chief, Angelica Cheung, Kate Nash and Caryn Franklin). So while I snapped away, my mum took in her first ever catwalk show and then gave me her thoughts afterwards over Prosecco, because that is The Fashion Way. And now I know that my mum is actually better at reviewing fashion shows than me – great!

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Ji Cheng Spring/Summer 2013

“This was the first time I’ve ever seen a fashion show and the sound of all the camera shutters going sounded like birds’ wings fluttering as the models walked along. It was beautiful. The colours – ivory and jade – perfectly complemented the drape of the fabric. It was like the designer was harking back to another time before the industrialised China that we’re used to - a more agrarian, rustic time with a modern twist.”

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Ji Cheng Spring/Summer 2013

“Some of the asymmetric styles reminded you of valleys/mountains one on top of the other – the landscape of China. When you look at rolling hills from a distance they appear smooth and that’s how the clothes were. The edging of the clothes, that delicate jade green, was etched like the edge of a field – beautiful.”

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Ji Cheng Spring/Summer 2013

“Seeing the models up close, they looked like flesh and blood girls, not the ethereal characters that you see from a distance – the fact that they’ve got bruises on their legs, blemishes etc. just added to their sweetness. They’re wonderful vessels for carrying clothes.”

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Ji Cheng Spring/Summer 2013

"I loved the hats! You could imagine that they had been working hats that had been slightly modified – you could quite believe that those could have been hats that someone working outdoors might have used. So elegant the way they framed their faces. And the eyes! That vibrant fuchsia, just like an orchid planted on the corner of their eye."

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Ji Cheng Spring/Summer 2013

“I loved the way the fabric billowed behind in some outfits, like it was caught on a breeze. The clothes were evocative of China without being pastiche/cliché or looking costume-y. The shoes managed to be both heavy and elegant, like wooden pattens or clogs, transported them along gracefully – the complete opposite of the flow of the fabric, which was really whimsical and drifting."

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Getting used to the LFW life...