I was told to cover OFW's model fitting- not quite sure what "covering" the event meant. Upon arriving, I was told that it would be a good idea to take lots of pictures and get a few interviews from the designers. Interviews. I've had no experience with interviews and barely knew where to start. I started my morning with spectating the model fittings, carefully watching each strut and technique. As designs were showcased, I became more enthusiastic and inexplicably excited for the runway shows.
My first interview was a blur. I'll be honest- I didn't really know what I was doing, what I was looking for, or what I was saying. Thank goodness I sat down with my photographer (who is also a journalism student), Isabel Tang, and brainstormed questions of appeal and direction. The interviews got easier as the day proceeded. I was genuinely intrigued with what people had to say. Talking with the designers was great- they were all friendly, interesting, and quirky in their own way.
I've never been so inspired before, especially by so many people in such a short amount of time. Never would I have imagined this kind of opportunity. Frankly, I'm still super giddy and can't believe that this happened. Definitely a day to remember.
|Emily Woudenberg & Anastaysia Kuyevda|
|Yolande Deschenes of Yola Couture|
|Vickie Joseph of Nui fashion|
Photography by Isabel Tang. These images belong to Ottawa Fashion Week.