Spring 2011 Fashion Week – Highs & Lows

I’ve posted my New York Fashion Week highs and lows, here’s a look at the rest of the season.

Invitations: Receiving more invitations to shows in my hometown than ever before.
Favourite shows: Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou and Peter Pilotto.

Organisation: After New York Fashion Week’s super slick organisation, London didn’t live up to New York’s standard. Despite having a seat at the Osman show the people on the door wouldn’t let me in. After speaking to other bloggers apparently this had happened a few times. Venues that held 600 people would have 1,200 people with invites turn up because organisers over subscribed. Next season I hope they use Fashion GPS.

Showrooms: Fendi re-see and Brian Atwood. It’s so exciting to see the pieces up close.
Favourite shows: Jil Sander, Alberta Ferretti, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci and Versace.
Best Party: Alberta Ferretti’s Flagship store opening. It was a honour to meet the woman herself.
Eye-candy: Hot men everywhere, even some of the taxi drivers.

Taxis: It was was not only hard to find a taxi, but really expensive to get around town and the traffic was horrendous.
UK Editors: Despite attending dinners and even being in their publications, some UK editors still hate to see bloggers attending shows. Can’t we all just get along? It’s been 3 seasons now. I always find it funny when I smile in their direction to see them look everywhere else just so they don’t have to smile back. Sisterhood is well and truly dead.

Special Delivery: I was super excited to receive a beautiful coat from Paris based designer Andrew Gn. I wore the Fall 2010 coat a few times in Paris and I’ve never received so many compliments on an item I’ve worn in my life.
Favourite shows: Elie Saab, Giambattisa Valli and Andrew Gn.
Natalie Massenet: The CEO of Net-A-Porter found me a seat at Roland Mouret when she saw me standing. I love this woman. She continues to support bloggers like me.
Elie Saab: Attending both his show and house party are moments I will treasure forever.
Subway: It was the only way to get around. Taxi’s were almost non-existent. I saw editors on the subway.
Discount: H&M’s Champs-Élysées store opening offered us a discount on their opening night. I got a wool coat, a leather jacket and many other pieces.

Accommodation: Paris was packed due to Fashion Week and a car convention, so I had to rent an apartment. The internet didn’t work and it was exhausting to arrive back after attending shows to find the apartment to the same mess I’d left it in.
iPad sim: You weren’t allowed to purchase an iPad sim unless you were a French citizen. I don’t know why either.
Weather: Cold and rainy.
Why are we waiting?: Vivienne Westwood’s show started an hour and a half late. This is because Lanvin started late and they were waiting for Hilary Alexander to take her front row seat.

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72 Responses to Spring 2011 Fashion Week – Highs & Lows

  1. Ayesha October 13, 2010 at 14:09 #

    you look so pretty in that coat and you’ve got a gorgeous smile……your website is undoubtedly THE best,you deserve all the praise and appreciation you get because first of all your style of presenting is so unique and refreshing,and also due to the fact that you’re extremely passionate about fashion…..passion is really important to get good result in anything.
    i’ve never met you but just by reading your posts i feel such a tremendous amount of passion in your words…..which is so incredible,you are a MILLION times better than any of those celebrity bloggers or editors……keep going,keep smiling 🙂

    • Fashion Critic October 13, 2010 at 14:25 #

      thank you so much Ayesha.

  2. Ruth C October 11, 2010 at 20:55 #

    This is such a refreshing round up on the fashion circus – love it that you love fashion and yet don’t take it that seriously. Read you more than the mags now.

    • Fashion Critic October 11, 2010 at 22:21 #

      That’s why the editors don’t like blogger LOL 😉

    • Fashion Critic October 11, 2010 at 22:21 #

      thank you xx

  3. Katie October 11, 2010 at 10:06 #

    Girl, I’m sorry you had a hard time with UK editors. I for one visit your site religiously and I haven’t bought a fashion magazine in a long while. Times are a changin’ and they need to keep up and GET IT. We love you!!!!

    • Fashion Critic October 11, 2010 at 11:26 #

      thanks Katie. If I was them I would praise the initiative.

  4. pipsqueak October 11, 2010 at 06:30 #

    Amazing jacket! Andrew Gn is one of my favorite designers and the Paris leg is my favorite week of the FW. I’ve been buried in work and unable to comment in the last couple of weeks – bummer! But I’m still here and a loyal reader. I don’t care for celeb bloggers like BBoy or Tavi. What exactly do they bring to the table? But that’s our junk culture. I very much appreciate your hard work and sharing of your personal experiences.

    • Fashion Critic October 11, 2010 at 10:07 #

      Thanks my dear xxx

  5. Giuseppi October 11, 2010 at 03:06 #

    You look great, FC! Love the look 😀

  6. robbie October 11, 2010 at 00:08 #

    LOVED reading about your experience, the up and down moments. not surprised paris is busy around fashion week. you must have packed a pair of flats for all the running around you had to do.

    you look INCREDIBLE! actually words can not describe how beautiful you look in that coat, the whole outfit is perfect. especially your shoes! those are very very pretty.

    • Fashion Critic October 11, 2010 at 10:10 #

      Haaa glad you liked the shoes. I know much you are obsessed with heels

  7. wilwarin October 10, 2010 at 22:23 #

    tnx FC this is great post, and to be honest if there weren’t your blog i wouldn’t know what’s going on on FWs because i’m not that crazy about the fashion it’s kind of hobby of mine, so most things (minus few designers i follow regulary) first i see on your blog and then if something catches my eye i go and search more about it… so you have huge thank you from me 🙂

    • wilwarin October 10, 2010 at 22:24 #

      add you look amazing on the photo…

      • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 23:32 #

        thanks 😀

    • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 23:32 #

      “if something catches my eye i go and search more about it”…..

      I glad you said that because that is very much what I hope you’ll do.

  8. WendyB October 10, 2010 at 20:44 #

    Sisterhood isn’t dead! There are always individuals who are disagreeable. Is brotherhood dead because men are competitive?

    • Fashion Critic October 12, 2010 at 22:29 #

      You make a great point.

  9. Tania October 10, 2010 at 20:31 #

    The fashion editor’s are just jealous! I love your site I dont know what i’ll do without it! I can do without reading certain fashion magazines. You look fab in the coat! You have inspired me to start my own fashion blog now x

    • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 21:49 #

      You should start one 🙂

  10. Sharon October 10, 2010 at 20:30 #

    What a great trip you’ve taken us on, FC. I am exhausted, but you still look fresh and beautiful. I loved the peeks into your life — the photo with Elie Saab and the coat, the beautiful coat. You’re a wonder and I’m so glad I found your blog. Thanks, Katherine.

    • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 21:50 #

      xxoxx thanks Sharon.

  11. mol October 10, 2010 at 19:53 #

    Love the photo of you, gorgeous, and a pox on snobby fashion editors……..but here’s the thing, I have a feeling next year will be very different for you, and in an all together good way. Thanks for all your incredibly dedicated hard work and the pleasure it gave me!

    • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 20:02 #

      you are very welcome. It is and continues to be my pleasure.

  12. Hellwafashion October 10, 2010 at 19:21 #

    I love it when you post pics of what you’re wearing, coat is amazing 🙂

    • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 19:59 #

      thank you 😉

  13. Bego October 10, 2010 at 19:09 #

    you look amazing in that picture! and so happy! ( i would be too if i was wearing such a piece…) you’re very lucky, enjoy it as much as you can!
    Oh i wanted to tell you, maybe you know already but well, i just saw on an article that says: check out what the best fashion blogs are saying about the most recent fashion week (Paris) and you are of course mentioned!! this is the link.
    All the best, and thanks for your site it’s a must in my life right now, checking your site!

    • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 22:01 #

      you are so sweet Bego thank you.

      I hadn’t seen that link, so thanks again

  14. Lee Ann October 10, 2010 at 18:38 #

    I’m curious as to why you didn’t list Erdem as one of you favourite shows. Nice coat by the way.

    • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 20:01 #

      I didn’t attend the Erdem show and this list was based on the shows which I attended.

      Thanks. I love coat.

      • Lee Ann October 10, 2010 at 20:28 #

        Oh that’s a shame it was a stunning show-I’m sure you will get an invite next year. I’m sorry you didn’t like Marni but not surprised. The actual collection is really beautiful – no one has ordered the runway looks except their flag ship store.

        • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 21:51 #

          Hopefully. I was a bit disorganized and requested very late this season. It was a beautiful show and I will requesting earlier for Fall 2011

  15. Marvel October 10, 2010 at 17:54 #

    Work that coat girl 😉

    • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 18:37 #

      lol thank you

  16. Ala October 10, 2010 at 17:38 #

    Oh my goodness, FC, you look so amazingly beautiful! And they’re right, you definitely do this coat justice : )

    You’re genuine smile is contagious!

    • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 18:37 #

      😀 thank you Ala xxxx

  17. Dolce October 10, 2010 at 17:23 #

    I stated once and I’ll state it again. I am so happy for you. You deserve it all.

    Also, love to read your personal take on the shows. One of the best features on your blog now. It’s like sitting with you at a cafe and gossiping about the fashion shows.

    I get so annoyed when I see the fashion industry bragging about embracing fashion bloggers only to see them inviting mostly so-called fashion bloggers who do nothing but post pictures of themselves and their new purchases or trips (when they feel like updating their sites.) What’s the point of that?

    They should invite people like you who promote designers and their designs every single day, covering every single event out there; who rushes back to the hotel room every season and posts every single collection you’ve seen that particular day.

    That’s what should be embraced by the fashion industry and fashion show organizers. People and fashion bloggers like YOU.

    So thank you for what you do and congratulations for every bit of acknowledgement that you get, Catherine.

    • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 18:40 #

      Dolce…thank you so much for your comment.

      I’m glad you get what I’m all about. The coat I got was amazing, but like some bloggers I don’t live for that.

      I still feel like an outsider in the fashion industry but that’s also what I love about it because it keeps me real.

      FC xxx

  18. Terry October 10, 2010 at 16:02 #

    I wish all the fashion bloggers were talented and devoted to fashion as you are. I think you totally deserves everything you are achieving, because you’ve been working hard all these years. Unfortunately, most of the bloggers (especially the ones with blogs on their personal style, who only focus on them and not on the fashion shows they are invited to) don’t really seem to realize and treasure the chances they have been given.

    • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 16:39 #

      thanks Terry.

      I’m glad you appreciated the effort.

      I find it funny and embarrassing how some bloggers actually throw a hissy fit if they are not front row.

      I’m happy to sit or stand. Most times I gave up my seat to stand with the a bunch of unwashed photographers in the photo pit as that’s where I got the best pictures most of the time.

      It’s all about work and not fame, which is why I’m totally focused on driven to delivering for my blog.

      • Terry October 10, 2010 at 20:09 #

        I admire your humble attitude. Your talent and devotion cannot be denied, but I think this attitude is what makes you so different from the rest of the bloggers.

        • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 22:00 #

          Thank you and thanks for your continued support.

          I have been enjoying reading your comments for over a year now 🙂

  19. Rach October 10, 2010 at 15:30 #

    Stunning coat!

    And I’m pretty disgusted about the behaviour of the editors you mentioned… does it really hurt just to smile?! FC, you work just as hard and have just as much passion (if not more) than many style journos! Don’t let them get you down! : )

    • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 16:36 #

      I did get to me last season and the season before, but this season I just find it funny.

  20. mm October 10, 2010 at 14:44 #

    I feel like i was on a month long journey with you. This was some of the best coverage ever for fashion week. As you attend more shows there will not be any need to look at any other sites!

    The jacket is HOT! As my friends like to say when someone looks as good as you did in the pic “dont hurt’em”

    • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 14:47 #

      glad you enjoyed it xx

  21. Danielle October 10, 2010 at 14:44 #

    I can imagine you received so many compliments on your Andrew Gn coat. If I saw you on the street wearing it, I’d probably stop to ask where you’d bought it.

    This is totally unrelated to fashion, but I was wondering what agency you used to book your apartment in Paris.

    • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 14:47 #

      it was

  22. The Clothes Whisperer October 10, 2010 at 14:12 #

    So well stated, bang on the money!!! Thank you for flagging up ipad sim, minute yet massively frustrating!!! So true about the general lack of love, and I think confusion about what the love should be and how it should be spread around…still an improvement from last season, but there’s still a long way to go before editors and PRs treat bloggers with their FULL due respect. But that smoldering Andrew GN JACKET is certainly well on its way to showing the fashion world at large that the time to bow down to RCFA is nigh!! Was a pleasure tooling around the four cities with you, even though my body is now punishing me severely for it!



    • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 14:21 # are so cute.

      It was a pleasure hanging with you missy. I hope some of your style has rubbed off on me.

  23. Julia Simon October 10, 2010 at 13:59 #

    One of My favourite Time during the day is to look at your website. I’m so ADDICT!!!!! Your Job is fantastic and so interesting. Congratulations for what you do!!
    I’m based in Monte Carlo and I work for a finance company. I must say that I am fascinated by the fashion world and by surfing on your blog it’s like I am part of it.
    I have a dream and I hope that one day it Will become true. I dream about an invitation for a famous designer défile during a fashion week. By reading your blog, it’s like I was there.
    If one day you come to Monaco, I’d Love to meet you so that you share your experience if you don’t mind..
    Thank you for every post ( that I read carefully)!!

    • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 14:19 #

      I’m so glad you enjoyed my experience. I hope your dream comes true one day. xxx

  24. Naomi October 10, 2010 at 13:51 #

    I really loved this post and the previous one about NY. It really gives an interesting insight to those of us that aren’t lucky enough to be there and experience it. Thanks. Oh and your coat is stunning! I love the huge buckle and the ruffle. It looks amazing on you! Congrats!

    • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 14:19 #

      Thank you. Andrew Gn was incredibly generous. I LOVE the coat.

  25. Alicat October 10, 2010 at 12:52 #

    Very interesting reading, especially re the editors. Personally I find your fashion blog infinitely more accessible than a magazine. You are “hands on” as well, whereas the editors of mags seem quite detached.

    You are really rocking that coat. Love the choice of leggings and shoes – much better than the runway look!!!

    • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 13:10 #

      Thanks x

      I think the editors are aware of the point you made hence the dislike of bloggers.

      • Lee Ann October 10, 2010 at 20:17 #

        I think that editors rightly or wrongly feel that they have earned their place where bloggers haven’t. When I go to shows I am always amazed at how bored editors are and how badly turned out. I also dislike the fact that can ‘t be honest in their reviews because of the almighty advertising dollars. For example write a negative comment about Armani and get banned from his shows. I have great respect for Cathy Horne as a writer but not as a critic of fashion.

        • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 21:58 #

          I totally understand that. But I also feel I worked hard too.

          I’m not celebrity blogger like Bryan Boy or Tavi. I’m not there to have my picture taken for WWD or I’m there to work like the editors are.

          I would say I work harder in fact as I have my SLR to take pictures, my iPad to tweat and my Flip to take video all whilst taking in the collection. I wish that distinction between bloggers would be more clearer.

          I always wonder why they look so bored. Bloggers are at shows sometimes standing in heels after taking the subway or smelly cabs, we are the ones who should look miserable 🙂

  26. sara October 10, 2010 at 12:47 #

    ohhh your andrew gn is soooo cute, i love the belt!!!i envy you sooo much!!!congrats!!!

    • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 13:10 #

      I’m gonna wear it to death 🙂

  27. Shemah October 10, 2010 at 12:41 #

    For what it’s worth, I’d rather get my fashion fix on RCFA rather than buying mags. So to hell with them UK editors. FC is da bomb, mmmmkayy??

    And the coat is D-I-V-I-N-E!!! You deserve it! 🙂

    Great job on the coverage!! let’s celebrate with some bubbly! Cheers!

    • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 13:15 #

      Cheers….and thank you.

      I still love magazines, but that’s now only for visuals. For my news now I go online.

  28. anne October 10, 2010 at 12:14 #

    The coat looks great on you. It’s safe to say you wore it better than the model:D. Good for you. And i agree about men in milan. Last year when i visited it i couldn’t take my eyes off them. Even police officers were very hot.

    • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 13:19 #

      Thank you.

      I had a very dry mouth in Milan my chin hit the floor every time a hot guy walked past

      • mari October 12, 2010 at 04:01 #

        haha, LOL at what Anne says whe I was in Italy I was tempted to say “Im’ guilty!” whenever I saw a cute police officer (OFTEN!)
        No comparison whatsoever to those in my country 🙁

        congrats on your work again, FC.

  29. Z FASHION BLOG October 10, 2010 at 12:00 #

    Fantastic post!

    It was nice to read your personal point of view on the shows and organization.

    It was also great to read your reviews right after the shows.

    Some other bloggers, go see the shows and don’t post a review or even a summary at the end of fashion week.

    I wonder why they go in the first place…

    • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 13:18 #


      I understand what you are saying about some bloggers.

      One in particular gets front row and only posts finale videos with no review.

      I love to share my experiences with you.

      It gets more exciting every season.

      I don’t understand how some people get so jaded about FW.

      • Z FASHION BLOG October 10, 2010 at 14:23 #

        This is exactly the person I was refering to..

        I don’t want to sound mean or attack anybody personally..

        But videos and photos could be found everywhere on the net right after each show.

        I think people come to a blogger’s site because they want to hear his/her opinion and personal experience.

        Otherwise they can go to style or and see better pictures and read a more “experienced”/”professional” review..

        BTW the look you chose from Jil Sander is my favourite outfit of all the Spring/Summer 2011 collections! That show was A M A Z I N G!

        • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 14:40 #

          I knew exactly who you were referring to in your comments which is why I mentioned the videos as that is all the person would update on their blog.

          Such a shame considering the front row seats and backstage access that blogger had.

          That Jil Sander dress is in my top 5 looks of the season too.

        • Fashion Interlude October 10, 2010 at 22:08 #

          Hi FC & ZF, am i the only one who thinks this dress though stunning is exactly the same as the two dresses presented by Victoria Beckham, black and white with chain detail in front, the only different here is that Jil Sander has added stunning bold colour…. i mean i obviously prefer the JS version but i think it shows VB is on the right track to have presented that silhouette even before Jail Sander did means she wasnt trying to copy any one.

  30. Linda October 10, 2010 at 11:48 #

    Wow, that is a gorgeous coat. Great post, gives us a taste of what it was like for you!

    • Fashion Critic October 10, 2010 at 11:50 #

      Thank you. Can’t wait to wear the coat in London

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