Have you ever wondered how the models cope working 18 hour days, walking in 6 inch heels that are often too big for them, and totally alone in a city that's often totally new to them? Well, we decided to spend a morning this London Fashion Week with one of our girls-to-watch 19-year-old Australian Georgie Wass. She walked in Topshop Unique, Ashley Isham, Noir and Danielle Scutt and is already winging her way to Milan for the next show circuit. Here's the low-down:
6am: Georgie wakes up in her North London flat. Had a rare night out last night, as her agency, Elite, held a dinner at Maddox for all the girls who were in towns for the shows. Fittings often go on until 2 or 3 am and call times can be as early as 5am so there is little time for socialising.
7.20am: Meets the cameraman for Fashion TV who is following her as part of an hour long documentary to be shown in Italy.
7.45am: Arrive backstage at On/Off for Ashley Isham. It doesn't start until 10:45am: but each girl needs about an hour for hair and another one for make up. Make up is ‘sexy rock chick' and hair is this amazing over the top Elvis quiff - looks painful though.
9.15am: Walk through of the show so all the girls know their order and get a chance to try out the-often sky high shoes. Shoes can sometimes up to 3 sizes different from their own if they are all that are available.
10:20am: Show is running late. This is the less glamorous part of being a model - there is a LOT of waiting around. Some girls use the time to get some precious sleep. Georgie usually has her iPod (she is mad to have forgotten it today) and her Fashion Week Playlist consisted of ACDC, White Stripes, The Faint and Australian band Wolf Mother: ‘You really need something more rock n roll and with a beat to keep you going.' She enthuses about the book Shantram too. It seems this is also a good time to catch up on reading too.
11:10am: Erin O'Connor arrives to watch the show.
11:15am: The show starts half an hour late (not too bad by FW standards). Georgie rocks a grey floral mini and full length navy dress.
11:45am: Georgie is changed and looking forward to an hour's break and a trip to the Model Sanctuary. This place sounds incredible. Set up by Erin, it's a place the models can go to relax between shows. Last year Georgie says there were facials and massages, as well as a nutritionist and even life coach to offer the girls advice. Most importantly, we'd would imagine, no press (damn it..) or photographers are allowed in. The girls are constantly being papped when backstage.
11:50am: Call from agency. She has to go there immediately for important casting.
12.40am: Cab back to Elite in Islington. Just time to grab a salad from the Prêt next door for lunch.
1:15pm: Casting goes well. Really well. In fact, she can't do her final show in London. She has be on a plane to Milan tonight before heading to Paris next week.
GEORGIE'S FASHION WEEK TIPS:
Can't live without... Soya Lattes and cashew nuts.
Uniform: White shirt/t shirt. Goes with everything. I often wear my boyfriend's shirt too as I'm away from him so much.
Today's outfit: Topshop ankle boots (gift for doing the Unique show that week), American Apparel leggings, boyfriend's white shirt, a men's Reiss cardigan, Zara blazer, Urban Outfitters hat and an antique brooch.
- Holly Martin
The Grazia fashion and beauty team used Canon IXUS 95 IS digital cameras - official sponsors of London Fashion Week.