Alternative Fashion Week 2010 at Spitalfields Market: An Introduction.

Alternative Fashion Week 2010 runs at Spitalfields Market between 19th - 23rd April 2010. Here's my introduction to this exciting event for up and coming fashion designers.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Alternative Fashion Week Spitalfields 2010

Alternative Fashion Week is a funny old beast, one that I’ve been getting to know rather well over the past week. And really getting to become rather fond of. Every day I rock up at 1.15pm with no idea of what the day’s catwalk show will bring. Generally I come skidding to a halt on my bike just as the stout lady with the microphone finishes giving her daily spiel to the audience, which is a funny old mixture of family, friends, industry pundits (apparently, though I didn’t seen anybody I know) and interested city boys and labourers.

Alternative Fashion Week Spitalfields 2010

On Tuesday I was still a novice, so I asked the lady at the back with a clipboard if I could sit down – being as I was press and that’s what it said on my ticket. “No.” She told me bluntly. “Not if you haven’t reserved a seat.” Oh alright then.

Alternative Fashion Week Spitalfields 2010
Don’t hassle this lady. She’s very busy. She ensures that everyone gets out on the catwalk on time.

One major issue with this event is the lack of surrounding information – Alternative Fashion Week doesn’t have much of an online presence and the bumpf that I got sent in the post was basic to say the least. It certainly didn’t warn me that I needed to RSVP or go fuck myself. I always find it amusing how, because of the way I dress and the fact that I carry a big professional camera with me (photographers generally being the scum of the earth and all that), I am treated in a certain way. Oh world of fashion, you do make me larf. Still, I like to travel incognito, so it suits me.

Alternative Fashion Week Spitalfields 2010
Some of the audience really aren’t going to help you get ahead in fashion – bemused city workers look on.

Alternative Fashion Week Spitalfields 2010
The band. They’re quite naff.

Now I actually think that the lack of a seat was a blessing in disguise – I spent about ten minutes on day one attempting to watch the catwalk shows front stage before realising that there was far more fun to be had hanging around the back, where a big old melange of models, designers, city workers, pervy middle aged male photographers and screaming organisers raced about like mad things – it made for far more interesting photos, and I got to boss the girls around when they come off stage. (Something none of the other photographers seemed to do. It must be something to do with my background as a fashion photographer because I have no qualms with telling a model how to pose. Though of course the rest of the cameras descended in front of me like locusts once I’d arranged a shot.) So whilst I can report generally on the outfits, I have no idea what any of the catwalk presentations were like. Not that I think that matters – it’s the clothes that are important, right?

Alternative Fashion Week Spitalfields 2010
“Hello young lady, can I take a photo of you because you don’t appear to have a bra on.” Believe me, there was only a pair of nipple tassles under that jacket.

The standard at Alternative Fashion Week is massively variable but amongst the huge quantity of stuff there are some really interesting designers to be found – ones that I would wager money on becoming successful. So it’s important to give into the undeniable exuberance of the occasion: everyone is quite simply having a ball. Some of the “models” may be slightly ropey, some of the designs outstandingly bad, but the fact that such an event exists to promote up and coming talent is a good thing. It’s just a shame they don’t have more resources to make sure that each designer gets as much promotion as possible: I had real trouble trying to figure out which was which. And that I at least had the choice of a seat if I had wanted.

Alternative Fashion Week Spitalfields 2010
Model or mum? You decide. Perhaps both. There are all comers here.

Alternative Fashion Week Spitalfields 2010 Alex Seroge
Alex Seroge showed a very strong collection.

Alternative Fashion Week Spitalfields 2010
Great styling from Hayley Trezise.

Over the week I have got better at making a note of who all the designers are, no mean feat when juggling camera, iphone and twitter updates. So if you see your work on my website and it hasn’t been properly credited do drop me a note and let me know. I’ve also learnt a lot about what you should and shouldn’t do at Alternative Fashion Week if you want to make an impression – and that shall be the subject of another post.

Alternative Fashion Week Spitalfields 2010
Alternative Fashion Week Day Spitalfields 2010
Alternative Fashion Week Day Spitalfields 2010
Alternative Fashion Week Day Spitalfields 2010
Alternative Fashion Week Day Spitalfields 2010
Kimberley Startup.

Alternative Fashion Week Day Spitalfields 2010
Havering College get ready to go on stage.

Alternative Fashion Week Day Spitalfields 2010
Adel Andic.

Alternative Fashion Week Day Spitalfields 2010
Maartje de Man.

Alternative Fashion Week Day Spitalfields 2010
It’s tough when your bum is hanging out in the street.

Alternative Fashion Week Day Spitalfields 2010
Checking through the running order backstage.

Alternative Fashion Week Day Spitalfields 2010
Alternative Fashion Week Day Spitalfields 2010
Alternative Fashion Week Day Spitalfields 2010
Backstage for Eliza Maher.

You can read many more blog posts about Alternative Fashion Week 2010 on this site.
Blog post on Hatastic! on day 1
Blog post on day 2
Blog post on day 3
Blog post on day 4 and second part here
Blog post on day 5 and second part here
Blog post on day 5 Chelsea BA Textiles Show
Plus my 8 Tips for Making a Successful Impression at Alternative Fashion Week

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6 Responses to “Alternative Fashion Week 2010 at Spitalfields Market: An Introduction.”

  1. Gemma Maher says:

    Hi,

    I have just noticed you have a photo on this page of part of my collection from Alternative Fashion week, Thurday 22nd April last week. I was wondering if you could tag my company name in on it?

    -Its the very last image above (the model with the bow headband)

    …and my company name is ELIZA MAHER. I have also provided my website address above so feel free to tag that next to it! :-)

    Thanks alot,

    Gemma

  2. Amelia says:

    Hi Gemma that has all been amended now, so thanks for pointing that out – look out for more pics of your show when I get the rest of my blog posts up this week.
    A x

  3. Cyan Cheung says:

    Hi Amelia

    Great article covering AFW and excellent images you have taken.

    I’m the girl sorting out the bow at the end picture lol! I didn’t even notice you were taking a pic. good thing i wasn’t pulling a funny face or something!

    Would you be able to send that pic in high resolution to my email address and any others you may have of me? I was also modelling for Kim Seoghee on Friday.

    Thanks

    Cyan
    xxxx

  4. Amelia says:

    Hi Cyan
    I’m glad you like the post! I am getting a lot of requests for images and I am super busy so don’t have time to process them all right now – you’re welcome to take this image off the website but please always credit it to me and link back to this page. Best of luck with your next modelling assignment!
    Amelia x

  5. priya says:

    hey, I’ve been looking for photos of myself from this event.
    I’m the girl wearing the oversized blazer from Kim Seoghee’s collection on the Friday.
    I’d love it if you could get back to me.
    Thanks, priya
    x

  6. Amelia says:

    you can email me if you like – via my contacts page. tell me which pic is yours x

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