You might assume Karen Elson, an in-demand model since the 90s, can make fashion week in her sleep, but the British fashion star still has pre-show jitters. How would we know? vogue spent an entire day with Elson during the latest London Fashion Week, where we got an intimate glimpse into what an exciting and chaotic show day looks like.
In the new video, we followed Elson as she prepared to walk for designer Erdem Moralıoğlu. Her busy show day started at the Ritz with lots of coffee. “I need to be to,” she said. She then took a moment for herself before the madness ensued. “London Fashion Week for me is the pinnacle of creativity,” Elson says, drinking caffeine. “ There is something about British fashion that is always so unique and cutting edge.” The Erdem show was a particularly special affair for Elson: it was her first time modeling for the label and part of her first London Fashion Post-COVID week.
After indulging in her skincare prep — “I’m a high-end beauty junkie,” she says, while using products from Augustine Bader and La Mer — it was then off to the show, which Elson was thrilled to open for . “Her clothes tend to be incredibly feminine and delicate,” she says of Moralıoğlu. She quickly got into hair and makeup, where the team of professionals styled her in an androgynous look with slicked back hair. Elson is no stranger to backstage mayhem, but she said vogue it still makes her incredibly nervous for the show. “That’s why I need some alone time before a show,” she laughs. “I’m claustrophobic and panicking! »
Elson then went straight to rehearsals, to make sure her walk (and timing) was perfect for the curtain call. “It’s a bit of a tricky track, so now I’m super anxious, because I’m opening the parade,” Elson explains. “If I mess it up, everyone’s gonna mess it up.” In her complete look, a smooth coat with a sequin scarf, she opened the show with ease. Then, she quickly changed into her final ensemble, a striking feathered cape, like the pro that she is.
Above, watch the full video.
Director: Talia Collis
Director of photography: Connor MacLeod
Editor: Sam Norton
Audio: Andy Watson
Colour: Keyhan Bayegan
Supervising Producer, Vogue: Jordin Rocchi
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