I started off the evening taking my seat in the front row to preview a couple of the John Casablanca Institute collections as well as a stunning formalwear collection by Sam Stringer. Watching fashion on a runway is like finally being able to watch your favourite music artist in concert, in the front row, but 1000 times better. I felt so much excitement seeing each garment float down the runway to eventually complete a cohesive collection.
Gowns by Sharleez Concept
I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to ask some of the models how they calmed their nerves pre-runway. I received a response from 3 beautiful girls:
"I listen to whatever music is playing...the beat...and start dancing. [It] gets me excited to be on the runway and [I] feel less nervous"
-Georgia wearing Zeyi
"I take deep breaths..."
-Michelle wearing Johanna DiNardo
"I just go for it...push myself and do the best I can"
-Danijela wearing Zeyi
Afterwards, I went upstairs to hair and make-up to witness more magic taking place. Being a blogger, I am constantly in front of a camera, sometimes in front of an audience, in a public place and it can be quite awkward. I met two models in hair and thought, who better to ask than the pros at being photographed for any tips on being in front of a camera. I was met with some juicy tips:
"Think Murder...fierce...express with your eyes and smize (smile with your eyes). [Remember to] own your look and use all your angles well".
-Justine wearing Johanna Dinardo
"Familiarize yourself with your body and the way you move... [and remember to constantly] practice good posture"
-Sophia wearing Sharleez Concept
All-in-all it was an experience to remember. I loved being able to see how all the pieces of the fashion show puzzle piece fit together. You would never realize how many people and how much preparation it takes to create a 3-5 minutes show.
Johanna DiNardo; Photo by Oliver Mann
I will be sharing my full outfit details in an upcoming post, so stay tuned
*A Special thanks to Van Fashion Week for having me and Oliver Mann for the photography.