London Fashion Week 2019 Harry Clicks Story

 

london fashion week

London Fashion Week 2019

The fashion frenzy is about to begin as London Fashion Week opens its doors again this September get ready to indulge yourself in two weeks of catwalks, after-parties and fashionistas. You’ll be able to spot them all over London, from jet lagged high-end models to the biggest designers in the industry.

London Fashion week

LFW History

The British Fashion Council, a non-profit trade group aiming to promote British design in the UK and abroad, was founded in 1983. They then launched London Fashion Week just one year later in 1984, from a West London car park. Some of the first designers to be there were Betty Jackson, David Fielden and John Galliano.

The event continued to go on each year until the early nineties when the recession meant only a few designers were chosen to showcase their collection. But, in 1993 the event regained its reputation as Naomi Campbell put on an eye-popping display walking down the catwalk topless for the Philip Tracey collection. The event continued to regain popularity when student designer Stella McCartney’s collection was modelled by Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell in 1995 which sold out completely.
London Fashion Week approached new difficulties in the early 2000’s as British designers like McCartney and McQueen took their talents elsewhere across European countries and US designers were hesitant to travel after 9/11, which left a gap in the market. This facilitated Topshop being the first high street store to be featured at LFW which then led on to the ongoing popularity and demand for high street budget friendly fashion.
In 2009, LWF continued to attempt to re-attract those major brands such as Burberry with the return of Anna Wintour to her front-row seat after a two-year absence. Shortly after this, digital became a big part of the fashion industry with 2,000 bloggers registering to attend LFW in 2014.
LFW was also the first major fashion week to go fur free in 2018, which was complexly ground-breaking in the fashion industry. It is also a huge contributor to the UK’s economy with it directly contributing £32.3 billion to the UK’s GDP in 2017 meaning it’s now almost as big as the finical sector.

How I (Harry Clicks) Get Into London Fashion Week

I  have aspirations of being a fashion photographer 10 years back when I came to London 2009. I saw Hindi movie call Fashion (2008 film). London Fashion Week is about as big as it can get. It’s one of the main fashion capitals of the world, and remains highly respected for both designers and the press.

hardeep Singh
Hardeep Singh (Harry Clicks) 2011 at LFW11

As a result, getting into fashion shows can seem difficult. you must have all camera equipment.   There are hoops to jump through in the form of paperwork and applications, that requires you to have experience before you get experience, and even fees to be paid for passes.

Email Everyone (and I Mean Everyone)

the official London Fashion Week website and I check out the schedule. Each designer listed there will have a press contact. I grab those details and write them an email, telling them

Dear 
I am photojournalist building my portfolio for fashion 
photojournalism. 
Any opportunity  for London fashion week photographer pass.Please let me know 
Many thanks 
Hardeep Singh (Harry)                     
Freelance Photographer, Photojournalist
PHONE: +44 (0)789823826 
Email:-har2989@gmail.com 
 www.harryclicks.com 
 I am a photographer. I Give an Experience of beauty. Confidence and transmission.  
Build Your Passion | Make A Difference | Leave A Legacy

 

Once my emails are out, 18 show passes confirmed out of 117 emails from designers unit 8/09/2019.  it’s a case of waiting to see what comes in. Some passes may only be confirmed the day before the show, as the organizers juggle their list and hold onto a few places until the last minute.

Designers ask for Examples of your previous work for an accreditation pass, they would be review and confirm your attendance.

My official pass, and permissions from individual designers Show Schedule

Monday 9th September

PRITCH LONDON / RUNWAY 7:30PM

Thursday 12th September

A Celebration of Canadian Design/ Runway 6:00PM

This year, TFI are coming to London Fashion Week in partnership with the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom, Global Affairs Canada, City of Toronto and the Canada-UK Foundation, to showcase ‘A Celebration of Canadian Design’ which will feature 10 of Canadas leading clothing and accessory designers and their SS20 collections.

The event will showcase the spring/summer 2020 collections from 10 of Canada’s leading apparel and accessory designers:

 

Friday 13th September

Jamie Wei Huang/ Runway 10:00AM

I love four Seasons/ Runway 4:00PM

Pam Hogg/ Runway  5:00PM

Maian Breton/ Runway 9:00PM

Saturday 14th September

Kepaza/ Runway 4:30PM

Rocky Star / Runway 5:30PM

Fashion London /Runway 7:30PM

Stories From Arabia/Runway 8:30PM

Sunday 15th September

FJU Talents / Runway 1:45PM

A- Jane/ Runway 3:00PM

Ying Sheng Education Graduate Runway 4:15PM

LeSillage/ Runway 6:45PM

Atelier Zuhra/ Presentation 8:00PM

My attendance would be above show runway. other shows I refused my invitation because timing overlapping with other shows.

 

 

 

 

Peter Lindbergh (1944-2019)

Peter Lindbergh 2015.jpeg
Lindbergh, New York, 2016

He was born 23 November 1944, Died 3 September 2019 (aged 74).

 

“IF PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CREATING OR REFLCTING AN IMAGE OF WOMEN IN SOCIETY, THEN, I MUST SAY, THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY FOR THE FUTURE, AND THIS IS TO DEFINE WOMEN AS STORNG AND INDEPENDENT. THIS SHOULD BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PHTOGRAPHERS TODAY: TO FREE WOMEN, AND FINALLY EVERYONE, FROM THE TERROR OF YOUTH AND PERFECTION.”

PHTOGRAPHER  Peter Lindbergh (1944-2019)

Biography

Known for his memorable cinematic images, Peter Lindbergh is recognised as one of the most influential contemporary photographers. Born in Lissa (Germany) in 1944, he spent his childhood in Duisburg (North Rhine-Westphalia).
He worked as a window dresser for a local department store and enrolled the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts in the early 1960’s. He remembers these years: “I preferred actively seeking out van Gogh’s inspirations, my idol, rather than painting the mandatory portraits and landscapes taught in Art schools…”.

Inspired by the work of the Dutch painter, he moved to Arles for almost a year, and then embarked a journey hitchhiking through Spain and North Africa. He later studied free painting at the College of Art in Krefeld. Influenced by Joseph Kosuth and the Conceptual movement, he is invited before graduating to present his work at the renowned avant-garde Galerie Denise René – Hans Mayer in 1969. After moving to Düsseldorf in 1971, he turned his attention to photography and worked for two years assisting German photographer Hans Lux, before opening his own studio in 1973. Becoming well known in his native country, he joined the Stern magazine family along with –photography legends Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin and Hans Feurer, and moved to Paris in 1978 to pursue his career.

Considered a pioneer in photography, he introduced a form of new realism by redefining the standards of beauty with timeless images. His humanist approach and idealisation of women sets him apart from the other photographers as he privileges the soul and the personality. He changed drastically the standards of the fashion photography in times of excessive retouching considering that there is something else that makes a person interesting, beyond their age. He explains: “This should be the responsibility of photographers today to free women, and finally everyone, from the terror of youth and perfection.” His singular vision, presents them in their pure state, “in all honesty”, avoiding all stereotypes as he privileges a face with hardly any make-up, in a baring that enhances the authenticity and the natural beauty of his women.

He offered a new interpretation of women post-1980’s without paying too much attention to the clothes, considering that: “If you take out the fashion and the artifice, you can then see the real person.” Lindbergh says. British journalist Suzy Menkes points out that the German photographer is: “Refusing to bow to glossy perfection is Peter Lindbergh’s trademark – the essence of the images that look into each person’s unvarnished soul, however familiar or famous the sitter.”

Lindbergh is the first photographer to include a narrative in his fashion series, his storytelling brought a new vision of art and fashion photography. Over the years, he has created images that marked the history of photography, characterised by a minimalist approach of the post-modernist photography. Back in 1988, Lindbergh garnered international acclaim by showing a new generation of models all dressed in white shirts that he had recently discovered and launched their careers. A year later, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Tatjana Patitz, young models then, were photographed together for the first time by him for British Vogue’s legendary January 1990 cover.

Pop singer George Michael, the initiator of the movement of the Supermodels, was inspired by the photographs taken by Lindbergh for Vogue, to create the iconic video for his song Freedom 90, followed by Gianni Versace, marking the beginning of the era of the celebrity-models, which redefined the image of the new modern woman. In the May 2016 issue of the prestigious magazine Art Forum, Lindbergh declares in his interview with journalist Isabel Flower that “a fashion photographer should contribute to defining the image of the contemporary woman or man in their time, to reflect a certain social or human reality. how surrealistic is today’s commercial agenda to retouch all signs of life and of experience, to retouch the very personal truth of the face itself?”

His work is best known for his simple and revealing portraits, his still lives and his strong influences from early German Cinema and industrial surroundings of his childhood, dance and cabarets, but also landscapes and outer space. Lindbergh works with the most prestigious fashion brands and magazines since the late 1970’s, including international editions of Vogue, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar US, Wall Street Journal Magazine, The Face, Visionaire, Interview and W. In 2016, Lindbergh was commissioned for a record third time to create the 2017 edition of the Pirelli calendar, being the first one to photograph it more than twice in the fifty years history of the iconic calendar. He previously photographed the 1996 and 2002 editions.

His work is part of the permanent collections of many Fine Arts museums around the world and has also been shown in prestigious museums and galleries. Among these are the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (Madrid), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), as well as solo exhibitions at Hamburger Banhof (Berlin), Bunkamura Museum of Art (Tokyo) and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts (Moscow). The exhibition ‘A Different Vision on Fashion Photography’, initiated by the Kunsthal Rotterdam in 2016, was then displayed at the Kunsthalle München and in Turin’s Venaria Reale. In 2017, he took part in the exhibition ‘Alberto Giacometti Beyond Bronze’ presented at the Kunsthaus of Zurich, followed by ‘Shadow And Substance’ at the Gagosian Gallery (London) and ‘Seizing the invisible’ at the Giacometti Institute (Paris) in 2019.

Lindbergh has directed a number of critically acclaimed films and documentaries: Models, The Film (1991); Inner VoIces (1999) which won the Best Documentary Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2000; Pina Bausch, der Fensterputzer (2001) and Everywhere At Once (2007), which was narrated by Jeanne Moreau and presented at the Cannes and Tribeca Film Festivals.