Come to think of it, I’ve never stuck around in one city long enough or thought to have established myself in the time frame allotted for more than one season of a fashion week, until now. Sure, I’ve dabbled in seasons afterward of Toronto Fashion Week, and press launches in New York, but the general festivities of hailing taxis to and from venues? Not so much.
I started thinking about the aforementioned just as I was about to pen this post. In October, I talked about the sense of newness that fashion week brought to my perception of Paris, but this around, I had a sense of where certain arrondisements were the go-to for venue spotting, and certain locations that were to be frequented. There was also the established rapport that existed with the PR companies; it was pretty guaranteed that if I had attended the show before, that I would be doing so once again. This knowing of “my way around the block” isn’t something that I’ve felt in quite some time. And for once, I felt a particular sense of comfort that I haven’t quite felt since leaving Toronto, mostly because of the fact that I have been frequently moving between Paris and New York.
But with all of this familiarity, there is still the tug of the new and different pulling at me to experience. For instance, when I was requesting my invitations, I was able to identify some of the PR and client change-ups; and to be frank, it felt good to be able to notice the differences, which in itself relates back to this stabilized ground on which I stand. With that said, there were surely new choice venues that were used this season that I had the chance to see, such as the Garage Turenne (yes, it usually is a garage), as well as shows that I hadn’t been invited to last season. All of which – this mélange of the new and old – contributes to making me feel a little more at home, so it’s unfortunate that I’ll have to be on the move again in several months.
And the funny realization that I’ve made as of late? I’ve never been to a concert, in spite of the fact that I’ve been to some of the venues for such (e.g. Trianon and Bataclan) – but for fashion shows instead.