Here in fashland, one thing there’s no shortage of is blogs. It can be hard to get enthusiastic about every single one that comes along, but! After a tip-off from Grazia’s Style Director Paula Reed (who writes her own blog, Wardrobe Whispers, for Grazia Daily!), we have a new favourite.
Chris Moore, surely fashion’s longest serving and most prolific snapper, is the man behind catwalking.com – the go-to service that all the magazines, newspapers and sites like ours use to buy shots of the collections – they pop up within hours of each show taking place. He started assisting photographers such as Cecil Beaton and Henry Clarke at VOGUE when he was 20 and moved into photographing under his own name after years taking pictures for news agencies. Above - Chris's eye was caught by these very woolly stockings at Prada!
Above - the very colourful Anna Piaggi of Italian Vogue!
He’s been covering the catwalks since 1967 – when he first went to Paris for the haute couture shows. Everyone who works in fashion recognizes his face from the ‘pit’ (bit at the end of the catwalk where all the photographers stand), and editors say he’s such a gentleman he raises the tone of the highly competitive scrimmage that it is – as they all try to out-elbow each other for the best position.
Since he’s been doing the rounds of the international collections since the Sixties – he seems more than qualified to comment on the clothes – which he does astutely. More than this though – he really brings to life the atmosphere – busyness, exhaustion, excitement, colourful industry characters; even the food! from behind the scenes at the various fashion weeks.
Anyway, Grazia Daily highly recommends that you check out his musings here . It’s informative, points you in the direction of new discoveries AND is crammed with wonderful tidbits, anecdotes and insights. Only one thing Chris – what with covering so many shows, (130 designers in 6 days at LFW, and only a few assistants to help!) How on earth do you find the time to update it?
We're quoting Chris's caption - "My well travelled box, it looks like I feel at the end of a show day, still upright but peeling a bit around the edges"
- Naomi Attwood