Over the years, one thing has become extremely apparent to me; you never really know what’s around the next corner. Last weekend was a shining example of this little life observation as I found myself sitting on the press desk at Vancouver Fashion Week SS18.
On arrival to Vancouver I knew that I was going to need something creative to occupy me while I figured out where to dig my heels in and so when I came across a post advertising for volunteers at fashion week, I jumped.
I began my venture as reporter for Vancouver Fashion Week with the kids shows on Saturday morning. I can’t describe how cute the little models looked as they strutted local and international children’s designers’ collections down the runway inside the massive white tent at Vancouver Art Gallery, where the proceedings were taking place. This was a nice little warm up for me as I got to grips with live runway reporting before the main event that evening.
Later on, as the excitement built (and the blisters on my feet from the most uncomfortable loafers I’ve ever bought grew) , I took my seat at the runway waiting in anticipation for the adult shows to begin. Like the children’s shows, local and international designers displayed their SS18 collections for both Vancouver’s and the world’s fashion elite including none other than Miss J Alexander; runway coach and America’s Next Top model judge. Some incredible lines were showcased with my personal favourite being BC based Evan Clayton and UK Central Saint Martin’s grad, JPK.
The experience was a real treat for me and gave me the chance to see if I could put into practice all the skills I’d just graduated with. Sitting on the press desk and attending the shows as a reporter really re-ignited my passion for fashion journalism and re-configured the route I want to go down with my career. It was an unforgettable experience I am thoroughly grateful for and luckily for me I got to repeat the whole ordeal the next day for the closing Sunday shows!