First of all, forgive me for the misleading title. You may believe that I have attended a fashion show but nope, I didn’t! However, it was the first time that I decided to go see what happens right before a fashion show. So, last Tuesday, I dragged a friend of mine to see what happens before the Valentino Show at the Jardin des Tuileries.
It was a really fun experience and I would like to share with you 7 things that happened or that I noticed on that crazy afternoon.
1) I was as excited as a teenage girl at a Justin Bieber concert
I know that this may sound so stupid for most people or anyone working in the fashion industry, but seeing men and women dressed in extravagant outfits was something so amazing, especially in Paris. The city is not known for its creativity when it comes to street fashion and people tend to look at you in a weird way if you dare to wear something a bit too original. Plus I could feel it was a reallly special event since there were photographers, (I saw Scott Schuman from the Sartorialist!), famous bloggers, fashion editors, and celebrities. It was all very exciting to me. Honestly, I tried to act like I wasn’t impressed but I was!
2) I saw all the fashion people that I follow on Social Medias
Anna Dello Russo & Giovanna Battaglia
Chiara Ferragni – Who is obviously not cold
And Suzy Menkes, Belgium singer Stromae, Leandra Medine, etc….
3) And above all I saw Olivia Palermo and her husband!
I have to make a confession: I actually went specifically to this show because I knew that Olivia is a good friend of Valentino himself. So I was 100% sure that she would attend the show. My friends, and the people who follow me on this blog know how obsessed I am with her! She is as beautiful in real life as she is on the pictures. I even managed to take a picture of her. See for yourself:
Olivia Palermo photgraphed by me 🙂
Photos credit: Glamour
4) Street style photographers are very aggressive
There were around 50 photographers, mostly men, running like crazy as soon as a “celebrity” stepped in the white carpet. It was very impressive to see how many they were and how they were fighting to get the perfect picture. They all spontaneously gathered to form a wall when they saw someone worth photographing (as you can see in the picture of Olivia above). At one point, one guy came in front of all of them to take a picture closer to her. All the photographers started to scream and insult him: “go away!”, “move your ass!”, etc…It was very funny and in the same time I could only imagined how hard it must be for them. You have to impose yourself among the bunch of photographers to take a good picture, edit your work quickly, and be the first to send it to anyone who would buy it. This looks like a tough job to do!
5) Random people dressing the part in order to be photographed
I have seen a lot of people in funny, extravagant or extremely elegant outfit, desperately trying to be photographed. However, I don’t think any of them interested professional photographers. As I said above, photographers are only interested in famous bloggers, celebrities etc… But still it was refreshing, to see so many amazing outfits. Unfortunately I don’t have any picture to show you because…
6) I forgot my camera’s memory card!
You can obviously tell that I am new to this whole blogging thing, since, although I made sure that my camera was fully charged, I realized that the memory card was missing after taking 10 pictures and the internal memory of my camera became full. Seriously!! How stupid is that? And guess what? It was the day I was supposed to shoot my first outfit for the blog! #epicfail
7) There were some pathetic stuff going on
There was this guy pretending to be someone famous and walking on the white carpet that led to the tent where the show took place. He was holding his phone to his ear like he was having a conversation but obviously he was not! Or this other guy, who was trying to get the attention of the photographers but they completely ignored him.
But the award for the most pathetic person goes to…. ME! Yes ladies and gentlemen, me, the 29 freaking-year-old married women running after a celebrity like my life was depending on it! I am talking about that moment when I saw Olivia Palermo, I literally started to act like a crazy person just to get a picture of her. And by the time I was done, I was shaking. So yeah! Congratulations to me for being a shameless groupie, among all the 14 year old girls.
Et voilà! I hope you enjoyed this little story. Tell me in the comments what you think about this experience! Have you ever done something like this? I would love to hear from you!
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Photos: Vogue, Fashion Wire Press, Glamour and me 🙂
Illustration: Quintessence Parisienne by Rhizlaine