we’re on the cusp of another london fashion week, so I thought I’d dig into the past and revisit my early days working in the british capital.
back then, the tents were erected on the grounds of the natural history museum at south kensington, and named queensgate and west lawn.
I had the wonderful privilege of working with the likes of dai rees, lainey keough, bella freud, burro and lezley george, fab labels that have, sadly, since folded.
producer passes from london
one of the first few shows that sophie dahl did after being discovered by isabella blow was for welsh designer lainey keough. it was also my first show in london!
designers lezley george and helen littler ( of mancunian label “elvis jesus & co. couture” ) and supermodel jodie kidd became good mates, and we had lots of fun traveling the world, promoting british designers.
one of my biggest thrills was directing a mark powell show. his styling was dangerous and the models looked like they just walked out of a guy ritchie movie. I remember traveling to ho chi minh city with him for a prince andrew gala, and casting sailors from a british military ship that was docked!
worked on the “new zealand four” show with zambesi, world, nom-D and karen walker. this was their debut show on the world stage before hitting paris and new york.
I also produced the debut on-schedule show for singapore label song&kelly at burlington gardens during lfw. you might recognize a very young jo soh of “hansel” fame.
michiko koshino’s shows were always eccentric and quirky.
of course one of the best perks of working in london was the travel. and boy, the designers certainly had plenty of opportunities to fly around the world.
it’s also always lovely to work with a fellow singaporean in a foreign land. here’s model daniel lim backstage at the old truman brewery.
and speaking of models, here are some you might recognize. you’ll never realise how big someone you’re casting today might become in the future!
please pardon the quality of the pics. they were taken in the pre-iPhone era, when all I could afford was a cheap instamatic camera!