PARIS FASHION WEEK: LESSONS
PARIS FASHION WEEK LOOKS
A LESSON IN SELF CONFIDENCE
It has effectively been two weeks since Paris fashion week has come to a close. Fashion month is very exciting for me, as I get a slight glimpse of a few of the fashion trends which will emerge, return or stand firm for the new season.
I took a chance in getting caught up in the street style photo phenomenon for the Fall Winter 19/20 shows and the thrilling experience of being immersed and surrounded by the buzzing energy that comes with the biggest and the best on the fashion scene is one that can’t be matched anywhere else. After all, we are in Paris, the world’s largest fashion hub.
Fashion week is a rush. It’s hectic. Full of energy. People running here and there. Industry professionals working hard. And of course, a never ending business hub. To be pretty frank with you during this week especially, I experienced a big dip in my self-confidence. And of course, there was a lead up until this point.
These past few months I’ve been trying my best to get an internship in fashion PR with no positive results, and it significantly affected the faith that I had in myself, while opening a door wide enough for self-doubt to make its way in and settle. Despite all of this, I have been constantly reminded that it’s only for some time and to hold on to my determination, so I put my brave face on and kept on trying.
A contributing factor to my diminished self confidence was my “Time Stamping”. I put a time stamp on everything that I was trying to complete or achieve, and feeling like a failure when I didn’t meet that mark. Another factor was my burnout. Committing myself to too many things in such a short period of time made me tired and uninspired and watching life pass by while other creatives continued putting content out there. Since then I’ve been picking up the pieces and putting my best foot forward for not only myself, but for you, my readers.
I’ve tried everything— from meditation and morning yoga to night time runs — to help get myself back on track and the most important ingredients have proven to be discipline and consistency, oh and lots of vitamin B12 .
Trying to build my own way in the fashion industry has proven to me that things will be tough and that I can’t give up. It’s also taken quite a bit of time, but I’ve slowly come to realise that things won’t always go your way in your own time and that you’ll have to be consistent, disciplined and most importantly open to all and any opportunities and experiences which come your way.
All of this is to say that in fashion, art and life, it’s all about patience…and confidence.