The time of year had arrived where designers, models, bloggers and fashion industry officials of both national and international status ventured to Sydney for the forthcoming Spring/Summer collections the industry had on offer. Naturally, I put University and work on hold for the week while I flew over from Melbourne to experience the event that is Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. It being my first fashion week, I’d landed in Sydney with high expectations, excitement, and a bundle of nerves that made me want to scurry back to the beautiful city I called home. Instead though, I soldiered on and found myself fascinated by everything and everyone behind the mega event.
As a Front of House Volunteer, my duties wouldn’t seem to flash to the every day person – consisting of setting up the venue, filling and positioning gift bags, cleaning up after the shows and ushering guests – but it was important because we were doing the things that you expected to just be ‘there.’ Soon, the hours we’d spent on positioning products and looping every giftbag handle the same way on 600+ seats – the attention to detail – quickly and clearly became part of a much bigger picture, and one that would be open for criticism on a global scale.
The highlights of the week for me, other than getting the opportunity to experience the whole thing and watch the shows, were seeing the fashion bloggers and models that I’ve admired over the years! I was lucky enough to see Nicole Warne (Gary Pepper Vintage), Connie Cao (K is for Kani), Jessica Stein (Tuula), Rachel Rutt, and Samantha Harris on numerous occasions. However, I failed to ask for any photos because of shyness/in fear of being unprofessional (definitely regretted later!).
I do have photos of these spottings, behind-the-scenes action and actual show magic, but they’re all sub-par as they were taken on my phone and would be of no use to anyone!
If you’re considering volunteering for any Fashion Week in any country, I’d suggest that you take the opportunity and do it. Get the experience, be confident, and network with people! I’ll definitely be applying for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week this year, and hope that maybe, just maybe, one day I’ll be fortunate enough to get an actual invite to one of the shows that are being held. And if you can, stay for the whole week – I got invited to a Fashion Party but (of course) it was on the day of my flight back home.
I’ll be putting up an outfit post this week, so keep an eye out!