Foundations of Fashion (Week)
As London Fashion Week kicks-off, we're spotlighting some of the individuals who work behind-the-scenes to make the calendar event what it is: iconic.
Meet five women from our community who work in roles across the fashion industry and make London Fashion Week happen. Here, they share why they love what they do, advice for anyone starting out and some need-to-know Foundationwear styling recommendations.
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Production Designer and Art Director
What do you love about your job? I love the rush of it. The problem solving too as I am often asked to make something I have never done before.
What do you think is so unique about London Fashion Week? It’s London, firstly there is no place like home. So many icons and new icons are born everyday, we are a cultural hub full of innovation and individual style.
One piece of advice for anyone starting out in the industry? Keep doing and keep making. Don’t get in your head because something you hate… someone else will love. Try to find a way to assist someone in the industry, if you do not get a response email again as they are mostly just busy.
How would you style up the shapewear you're in today? Exactly how I left the set - with a cute pair of leather pants. The waist is looking snatch so leave the rest to be appreciated.
Jade wears The Outer Body in Black size L.
Account Executive, RAVEN.
What do you love about your job? I get to flex my creative muscles regularly, meet incredible people in industry, and work with some really well established and innovative brands like Heist, as well as emerging and independent designers.
What do you think is so unique about London Fashion Week? London is the city where young talent is at the forefront of fashion, and it’s exhilarating to be a part of these designers establishing themselves and their brands at LFW.
One piece of advice for anyone starting out in the industry? Be versatile and open minded.
How would you style up the shapewear you're in today? The Highlight Short lifts and shapes so amazingly that it would absolutely have to be a look to show off my bum! I’d wear them under a satin midi skirt, or a great pair of fitted trousers.
Hebe wears The Highlight Short in Beige, size XL.
Studio Manager, 16Arlington
What do you love about your job? I love that my job is extremely versatile. We are a very small and tight knit family at 16Arlington, which has allowed me to branch out and gain a holistic view of the different segments that help make it run.
What do you think is so unique about London Fashion Week? It’s a great time to see what new designers are coming up with and fashion week gives them the perfect opportunity to be introduced to the world.
One piece of advice for anyone starting out in the industry? I would say, don’t limit yourself, or put yourself into a specific box.
How would you style up the shapewear you're in today? I’d probably pair it with an oversized blazer, some boots, a cute shoulder bag and fun statement jewellery.
Lian wears The Highlight Short in Black size XS.
What do you love about your job? What I love most about my job has to be the incredible people I get to meet, collaborate with and learn from on a daily basis. You never know where I project will lead you and most often you end up with amazing new friends and work opportunities.
What do you think is so unique about London Fashion Week? I truly believe London houses some of the world’s most inspiring emerging designers and creatives and over fashion week we experience this electric fusion of fashion, arts, music, food and general madness that makes LFW so unique.
One piece of advice for anyone starting out in the industry? Don’t be afraid to get in touch with those in the industry you admire and would like to work with. Social media has made it so easy.
How would you style up the shapewear you're in today? It’s so comfy and supportive I’d quite like to prance around all day wearing nothing else but to avoid being arrested I would probably team it with my vintage Levi’s 501s and a t-shirt. Keep it simple and let the shapewear do its thing!
Sophie wears The Outer Body in Brown size S.
Talent Agent, Next Models
What do you love about your job? What I love most about my job is that I connect the dots creatively. Being in a culture driven environment means I get to work with some amazing people and brands- some that I have grown up only dreaming about working with.
What do you think is so unique about London Fashion Week? I think that the unique energy of London ignites the imagination of the rest of the world.
One piece of advice for anyone starting out in the industry? One piece of advice that I would give to anyone starting out in the industry would be to support and lift the fellow creatives around you - this will one day become your tribe. The relationships I have built from the very beginning, even people I met when I was interning for free whilst studying in my first year of Uni have played a big role in where I am today, and I’m sure vice versa.
How would you style up the shapewear you're in today? I am a real sucker for underwear as outerwear, so if I was feeling super extra I might wear this entire fit with only a great aubergine PVC mac coat that I have, some stiletto heels and a statement baguette style bag - a fluffy hat wouldn’t hurt either. We are in London after all.
Faye wears The High Waist in Beige size XS.
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