(Preen SS15, shot by LLG)
This blog was meant to be a round up of what I have been up to in the last seven days, but writing this post after four very long and intense days running around London Fashion Week, and reviewing shows for the official newspaper of London Fashion Week, is making me all too aware of my Hydra-headed career.
On one hand I am an entrepreneur, the founder and creative director of LibertyLondonGirl, along with the multi-faceted business behind it, on the other a cookbook author and, somewhere in the middle, I still have an identity as a fashion journalist and broadcaster. And I’ve realised how important the fashion part of me is to my personality: I can’t just slough off over ten years working in fashion, the critical opinions I’ve formed, and the knowledge I have built up.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing show reviews again – exercising that particular critical muscle is good writing discipline, and an excellent way to use all that info swirling around my head after years of watching the collections.
That being said, I don’t have the time, energy, or inclination to attend every single one of the shows, to see the entire body of work showing on schedule at LFW, and I can feel the comprehensive knowledge I have had of London designers and their work being gradually chipped away, as new labels and houses come onto the schedule, and others retire or move on.
There will come a point when I just won’t know enough about who is showing, won’t have seen all their shows since graduation, won’t be able to pinpoint that show six seasons ago where designer X showed his bold re-working of tulle knickers, and will need to retire my critical pen. The only way to get that knowledge is to be employed full-time to attend the shows, and it is extremely unlikely I will go back to a proper newspaper or magazine job.
But, for now, I am continuing to wear all my different hats, and am just enjoying writing about fashion design again, (although not for this site), seeing all my friends at the shows – it’s a little like a very glamorous, pretty much all-female, school reunion and, above all, being immersed in fashion. It’s a privilege to be part of this world, and not one that I take lightly.