Ive been so busy lately but I realised on Thursday that I could fit a trip to London Fashion Week Men’s (LFWM) into my hectic schedule so I booked a Virgin Train ticket for the Sunday of the event and invited Jen along to get involved. First spontaneous trip of 2017.
The alarm went off at 7.15am on Sunday…something that’s completely unheard of in our house but when I’m getting up to do something I enjoy, it’s cool. We got to Lime Street station for the 9.38am train. No matter how many times I go to London, I always get excited. It sits slightly below New York as one of my favourite places to visit and I always get a good buzz when I know I’m on my way there. Me and Jen have decided to have a healthy start to the new year so she made us a nutritious lunch to take on the train. No more Maccies breakfast on the way.
Ive had my own line of apparel now for over 4 years so why have I never been to LFWM? Well, to be truthful, I was never sure what I’d do when I actually got there. I always enjoy looking through Street Style fashion photography (I actually prefer the street shots to the professional shots) so since investing in my new Canon M3 camera at the end of last year, I decided I would go and take some shots of my own. I didn’t want shots from inside any shows, I wanted shots of the people attending.
I was curious but the whole thing is a bit of a daunting prospect for me. Do you stop people and ask them can you take their photo? Would some of these super cool looking people think I was mad asking or would they be flattered? Or do I stand somewhere inconspicuous and just snap random people that I like the look of risking looking like a creepy stalker? I suppose there was only one way to find out.
We got into London Euston station around midday and after a five stop tube ride we were in Trafalgar Square. This part of London always blows my mind. The buildings. The sculptures. Nelson’s Column. They always leave me thinking about the history of our great Capital City.
A short walk from Trafalgar Square along the Strand, passing the iconic Savoy Hotel and the bank to the rich and famous, Coutts, was 180 The Strand. An amazing gallery and work/creative space. The next show happening here was the KTZ fashion show at 15:00 and the crowds had already started forming.
A friend of ours had recommended this as a great place to get some pictures. She told us we couldn’t miss it as there would be a sea of other bloggers/photographers there and she wasn’t wrong.
It took me roughly 5-10 minutes to gather what was actually going on. Some of the seasoned pros of blogging were asking random fashionistas to pose for photographs. Should I know who these people are? Others, like me, were hanging back waiting for the right opportunity and then just snapping away. I decided to just pick out people that really caught my eye, people who had really made an effort and obviously wanted to be photographed. They seemed like the easiest target and welcomed the attention.
As I got more comfortable and watched how other people were doing it I got more brave and asked a few friendly looking people could I take their picture and they were only too happy to let me.
The atmosphere (even outside the venue) was great and I managed to grab some really cool shots, ones that I never really thought I was capable of taking. It’s given me a massive confidence boost and made me want to get out and do a lot more. When the A/W LMFW takes place in June I will definitely be getting tickets to a few shows and making a weekend trip out of it. I’ve taken a lot of inspiration for my own line. We spent so many hours soaking up the atmosphere, taking pictures and grabbing loads of video footage that we started to get hungry and decided to call it a day.
On our way for food we stumbled across Laird Hatters. They supply hats to the rich and famous. Will.I.Am is a big ambassador. I admit, I have this thing for hats so we went in for a ‘look’. It was like hat heaven. A small shop that is filled floor to ceiling with the most amazing hats. I’m a big fan of the Fedora and my favourite is a Goorin Brothers that I picked up at their shop in Williamsburg, New York, but day to day I usually wear a flat cap or baseball cap. This time, my eye was drawn to the Baker Boy/Brooklyn caps though and I grabbed one from the shelf and gave it a try. It was a denim one. It sat at just the right height on my head. It felt like it was made for me. However, I spotted a brown distressed leather one that was so cool looking and would pretty much go with any style of outfit. The helpful lad working in the shop passed me one in my size and it was perfect so I made a quick decision to take it. I will definitely be back to buy some more hats from here.
One of my favourite places to eat in London is Bodeans and it was only a ten minute walk away in Soho. Bodeans is a real American style bbq smokehouse. We sat upstairs in the deli area and watched some NFL. It was the Pittsburg Steelers vs. Miami Dolphins. We both agreed that we could have stayed for a good while after our dinner and kept drinking more beers but unfortunately this was just a day trip and we had a train to catch, so back to Liverpool we came.
All together this was a great day. My first day out filming in public, my first day shooting some street style pics and my first taste of London Fashion Week Men.
I made a video of our day for my Youtube that you can see below. (Check out Jen’s cameo appearance. She’s not really into being filmed but I couldn’t help take this perfect opportunity to get her on camera)
I look forward to getting out and about this week again with my camera.