Nicole Farhi SS12
I absolutely adore Nicole Farhi and was more than excited to be invited backstage before and after her Spring/Summer 2012 collection was presented to the Fashion World. That excitement was positively set on fire when Anna Wintour decided Farhi’s show would be her first of London Fashion Week.

To do the collection justice, I have collaborated with my favourite photographer and friend, Eva K Salvi, to bring you some stunning photos and a diary-based review:

12pm – I get to the Horticultural Society, running, thank god I brought my pair of All Saints Boots with me and not my Kurt Geiger heels like I did the previous day. The sun is peaking through the clouds. I finally get into the venue which is already packed with photographers and videographers, everyone is setting up and running around. Nicole Farhi is chatting to people, posing for a few photos, she seems incredibly calm and relaxed. The venetian blinds close and the models start coming out on the catwalk for the run-through, it is strangely surreal to watch them walking with their hair and makeup half done.
Nicole Farhi SS12
12.30pm – Go through to backstage area after being checked on ‘The List‘. I get in and am hit with the realisation of how intense everything is “behind the scenes“. Everyone is running around, the models are getting their makeup and hair touched up. From time to time, one model will just stop and pose for photographers – there’s about 10 backstage – with assistants and reflectors etc. Everyone is super prepared.
Nicole Farhi SS12
1pm – Last call for models to go to the bathroom before the show, last touch ups, then everyone has to get runway-ready. The models start changing and I go out to the main room; rumour is Anna Wintour is there and I spot her sitting in the front row. I quickly run over and snap a few pictures before the show starts. All of the photographers have taken place in the pit and are currently “fighting” over the best spots to snap pictures of the show. I decide to run to the other side of the catwalk that seems much emptier and take place. The show starts.

1.15pm – I see half the show through my lens and try to snap pictures of almost all the outfits, the music is loud and the models are rocking the show. The show is a resplendent rainbow of pastels. I’m loving it and glance at Anna Wintour – wondering whether she’s enjoying herself or not – but the Miranda Priestly-esque stillness shows no sign of opinion (or maybe that means she loves it?).
Nicole Farhi SS12
As for the clothes, everything was texturally divine. In a sea of beautifully feminine colours, Farhi presented an oversized, sequin-covered mesh tank top and a micro mesh ensemble with gorgeous florals that almost seemed three-dimensional when layered over the coloured base fabric. Interestingly, more and more saccharine 3-D embellishments were brought to life via plastic blossom appliques, sculptural petal shapes, and laser-cut leather flowers. It was like a pointillist painting by Georges Seurat – a garden brought to life.

Heaven.
Nicole Farhi SS12
When the show is over, everyone stands up, massive round of applause for Nicole Farhi who comes out for a few seconds to salute everyone, she seems sweetly satisfied, the show went extremely well to say the least.
Nicole Farhi SS12
1.45pm – I go back backstage, the magic is gone, everyone is packing up, grabbing that last cup of coffee/bottle of Vitamin Water and are already on their journey to the next show. I recognise a few familiar faces, people I’ve worked with before, everyone seems relieved, everything went well and everyone loved the show.

2pm – I’m out and on my way to Somerset House, knackered already, those 2 hours drained me of all my energy! The sun has come out to give us our last few hours of summer, perfect ending to an extraordinary show.

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Britains Next Top Model Live

Last Year at Britains Next Top Model Live

The ultimate weekend fashion, beauty and shopping extravaganza Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model Live, is making its anticipated return to London’s ExCeL Centre from the 28th – 30th October. And just like last year,

I’m giving away 2 pairs of tickets!

Based on the hugely successful reality TV show hosted by Elle Macpherson, Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model Live (BINTM Live) will bring the top model world to life. Fans of the TV series will get the chance to join the show’s infamous judges and the contestants from BINTM Series 7, for the ultimate three day live event, featuring stunning catwalk shows, live music, fashion, styling, shopping, beauty, pampering, exciting entertainment and a range of interactive features all under one roof.

Wannabe models will even get the chance to get spotted as the next big thing, as you learn how to walk the walk on the Open Catwalk or get papped in Company Magazine’s Paparazzi Zone, making this a full on fashion experience and the ultimate girl’s day out.

HOW TO WIN:

BINTMLive and Lela London are offering two lucky readers the chance to WIN a pair of Admission entry tickets to this year’s Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model Live, London 2011.

Question: Where is this year’s Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model Live being held?

To enter, you must like Lela London on Facebook and Twitter, then e-mail me your answer to lela at lelalondon dot com!

Terms and conditions:
1. This offer is only open to UK residents
2. Competition winner’s tickets are valid for any one day of Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model Live, being held at ExCeL London between the 28th – 30th October 2011.
3. These tickets are Admission ONLY.
4. Tickets are non transferable
5. Complimentary tickets obtained through this offer may not be duplicated.
6. All tickets will be scanned on entry to the show
7. The closing date for entry is 15th October, 2011.

Models

Casting: Major network TV Show. A spin-off show from a very successful fashion design show. This show will also be airing on the same network in November. We need female models for on and off the catwalk. This is not a reality show and the models will be models only on the show–there will be no reality storyline associated with the models.

Please email online portfolios or images first to:
Attn: Show Casting

Shoot dates: Aug 11 – Sept 2. Rate: $250 Inc. per day. 50 models/ days needed.

CASTING: Friday, July 29th, from 11:00am – 5:00pm.
*We need a diverse range of girls, must be runway girls, min height 5ft 9”.

Confirmations will be emailed to you privately, not posted.
Thank you.

Express

Marketing Genius of Express Bags


Fashion retailer Express have a very, very bon marketing department. For the past few seasons they have been propelling the trend of public fashion shows – in New York, Miami and Las Vegas – and are now taking things a step further.

They are casting you as a model. This coming Saturday (the 23rd of July), Express are inviting anyone who can get to Times Square (NYC) between the hours of 9-6 to walk on their public runway. No height, weight, or any other requirements. Guinness Book of World Records representatives will be there as they attempt to break the world record for most people to walk a catwalk.

Currently, the record is held by Galeries Lafayette, who have had 521 people walk down their runway. I hope some Lela London readers can make it and break the record with them! Express will also be holding an actual runway show at 9pm that same evening to showcase (and simultaneously shoot the lookbook for) their holiday collection. Fun for all!

John Galliano PFW Runway
We all want to know what or who inspired John Galliano‘s show at the Opera Comique. Birds are telling me that it was con artist extraordinaire Maria Lani from the Twenties who convinced (ahem, scammed) over fifty leading artists of the day (including Matisse) to paint her portrait and then would flee with the paintings in tow. In this tribute all models were styled differently, each with a theatrical performance walk of their own. Like cotton candy with a Japanese taste, the British designer put on a real experience. Coco Rocha in tight pigtails for your time, below. View Post