Tonight I went the to ELLE and H&M Network Event. This was of major excitement to me because I am a massive fan of both brand - I think my first introduction to fashion was being allowed to pick out my own clothes at H&M and I have since then progressed to carrying a copy of Elle nearly as often as I carry a camera.
Anna Ogundehin, Elle's acting fashion editor, was on hand to give a run down of the latest trends, including two of my personal favourites - androgyny and ladylike opulence - through the medium of a very wearable rail pulled from the H&M floor. She also stressed the importance of investing in a good winter coat and, since the evening also very generously gave attendees 20% off at the till, it just seemed rude not to buy one after that:
I also bought the skirt on the centre mannequin as I'm feeling a little bit Geography teacher chic at the moment (plus long-ish skirts make for practical but pretty wardrobe when shooting) but it looks way better in store than it does on my "when-was-the-last-time-I-hoovered" carpet:
However, the most important thing about the event was the ability to network. Staff from both Elle and H&M were on hand to chat to about any career woes, which is invaluable for anybody interested in a career in fashion - alas, my crafty plan to sneak off and do my shopping whilst they were busy and come back later for a chat backfired as they were gone by the time I returned!
Although I may have missed out on a one-to-one chat Anna Ogundehin's 7pm speech did give me some serious points for consideration - particularly that there wasn't just one way into a career in fashion. Personally, I have also felt a little bit disadvantaged because I came to fashion and photography late (my age already began with a 2!) so I missed the advantaged of the connections you can make studying fashion at university but her speech gave me other ideas on how to work my way up.
Thank you Elle and H&M for a great evening out!