It’s Saturday morning, and I’m still fuming at one of the most disappointing events I have ever attended, and had the misfortune to pay good money out of my pocket for. I am only grateful that I didn’t pay full price. At least I was until I discovered that some paid only a 1/4 of the full ticket price and some even managed to blag free tickets at the door. So with having to pay an admininstration fee on top, I’m not feeling in the best of moods. Trading standards will be hearing from me.
On top of it all, I have just rang the ticket line, and have been informed that customer services is not open during the weekend.
I’m now at the ‘way past fuming, ready to shout at someone’ stage. Monday morning is going to be interesting!
Anyway, as I don’t like being in such a bad mood, especially on such a lovely Summer’s day, I shall talk about the few highlights of ysterday’s day trip, and will add my suggestions. I will be multi-posting today (oo-er!) so I hope you will enjoy. Please feel free to comment, I intent to send a link to Mr and Mrs Hemmingway so any comments and/or suggestions you may have about Vintage good or bad, would be gratefully received. This is our opportunity to ensure that next year’s event starts with a bang, and not a whimper!
Highlights: Fashion Show
First off here are some photo highlights of the fashion show.
Good points: a lovely introduction to the world of fashion runway shows for complete novices like me. Without exception, all the clothes were lovely and presented well by the professional models. I think I may have spotted the next Naomi Campbell too!
Bad points: It didn’t start on time – no big deal in itself, except the catwalk show was on a dancefloor, which had been previously occupied by a sole DJ on the stage and a grandmother, mother and toddler booging to 60’s soul music. While I have absolutely no objection to a family enjoying themselves, it did seem like a wasted opportunity and a huge extravagance for 2 adults and toddler. Who wants to do the funky chicken at 2pm on a weekday?
My 2nd gripe, when an official did eventually come out, her main concern was setting out the chairs for the VIPs. Other audience members, many who had paid full price for their tickets, were left to scramble and fight for the piled up chairs left in the corner of the dance floor. I don’t recall seeing the likes of Lily Allen and Alexa Chung having to do that when they were at Chanel’s fashion show.
My final gripe, and this is my biggest one, the designers exhibiting their work are up and coming. It would have been nice to either hand out a programme with details about each of the designers or have a brief introductory commentary – or both. I have some fab pictures of the clothes, but have no idea who designed them. What an absolutely wasted opportunity, and not at all what I would have expected from the British Fashion Council. For goodness sakes, if the BFC can’t support their own …
- Hand out a fashion show programme, a piece of A4 or A5 paper will do, with brief biographies of the designers, outlet addresses and contact information.
- Either have a dedicated area for the fashion shows or organise it so that a grandmother and her family are not shooed off the dance floor by a large crowd of fashionistas.
- Have an area to display some of the clothing, again with information for interested people to read.
- Also, as the idea of Vintage was to celebrate fashion from 1920s to 1980s, it would have been nice to have dedicated fashion shows, one for each decade, and presented in the style they would have been during that time. Useful for fashion history students and those interested in a specific era.
- I would have liked the opportunity to attend talks regarding fashion through the decades. Maybe a few design schools could have been approched to send lecturers, or a couple of fashion designers, such as Wayne Hemingway himself?
These are my ideas, do you have any? Please drop me a line, and I will be happy to collate them and send them to the organisers, you never know someone there may even read them!
Up next: Roof Garden, Queen Elizabeth Hall
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