On Monday at 0930hrs, I hauled my sorry snotty ass all of a mile from home to Broadcasting House to be a panel guest on not just my favourite radio station, but one of my favourite radio shows — BBC Radio4’s Woman’s Hour.
I’ve been appearing on network radio shows here & in America for over ten years now, and I never get nerves or worry about what to say — in fact I prefer live radio, as I seem to be better when I am thinking on my feet with no time to stumble over my words, or get confused trying to remember a rehearsed answer. But this time I was — not exactly nervous, but excited.
Partly because I got to meet the properly excellent broadcaster Jane Garvey for the first time, and partly because the booked guests were so interesting. We kicked off with fashion journalist Hilary Alexander of The Daily Telegraph, me and Dolly Jones of Vogue.com seated in a ring around Jane, to talk about London Fashion Week in general. This was great as we all know each other, so super relaxed and chatty. We all then stayed in front of our microphones to be able to join in the discussion with the guests who followed.
First up was Caroline Rush CEO of the British Fashion Council (I interviewed her on film last year at LFW, and she is a woman who really knows her stuff) came in tell listeners why fashion really matters & to talk numbers. (In short: The fashion industry contributes £20 billion pa to the UK economy.)
Then there was a pre-record at the LFW CSM MA Grads show featuring Susie Lau of Style Bubble and Imran of BoF, talking about blogging and young designers, before trends forecaster Maria Janssen, Creative Director of Fashion at WGSN, came in to talk about cool hunting and how ideas filter through to designers.
The three of us then moved to one side to allow the protagonists in the debate about model welfare to take our places: the Rt. Hon. Jo Swinson MP, Chair of the All-Parliamentary Group on Body Image, Carole White, founder and managing director of Premier Model Management and Alexa Brown, model and actor, who is on the Models Committee for the actors’ union Equity.
They then exited and Hilary, Dolly & I came back to talk SS12 trends and how to wear them off the catwalk and in the real world. And then that was it: an hour of really great programming over.
We headed back to the green room and then a mad dash downstairs to get Caroline, Dolly, Hilary & me to our respective cars & drivers to get to the Pringle show at Philips de Pury in Victoria which was supposed to start at 11 — but thank goodness was 30 minutes late.