I couldn’t have picked a better time to arrive in Nepal. Just 9 days after I arrived was the start of TGIF Nepal Fashion Week.
All of the advertisements, billboards and articles said that it was invite only, but I decided that I’d still try to make my way in. Afterall, I am here studying fashion.
Determined to make it in, on Monday I got all dressed up (I managed to make it to Nepal with a few dressy and stylish outfits for such an occasion) and showed up sans ticket. It turned out to be a fashion week fail as I was turned away at the door. Not a complete disaster, as I got the business card of one of the marketing guys at the organizing company. As it was invite only, they were already at capacity for the evening but he told me to come see him the next day.
Defeated, I got in a taxi and headed home. I spoke to my friend Kerry on the phone about my fail for the evening. She informed me that in Nepal, Tuesday is Ganesh’s day and he removes all obstacles, so that the next day was sure to be better.
After having my very first language class, I trekked for 45 minutes in the rain (up hill both ways of course) to the marketing guy’s office. He was able to get me a ticket for Tuesday night’s show.
Determined to not be late, I got ready early and headed out with plenty of time to spare. I got to the hotel 45 minutes before the doors opened. So I wandered around the hotel and checked out the spa and pretended like I was a guest.
When I got to the entrance my new friend led me in and told me I could sit in the front row. I took my seat and the venue slowly filled. The whole set up was very professional and better than some shows I have seen in the US.
As I mentioned in my last post, it was the student night for Nepal Fashion Week. It was interesting to see the points of view of Nepali students and there were definitely some collections that stood out. The whole event was a great platform for these students to be a part of a large production and see what works and is received well by the audience.
When the show was over, I decided that I needed to mingle, because it would be a shame if I made it in and then didn’t talk to people. I had noticed that the gentleman next to me seemed very invested in the show and definitely had some opinions so I struck up a conversation. After introducing myself and explaining what I was doing here in Nepal for a year, I learned that he was actually the managing director of the entire event. What a lucky seat placement! After making friends with him, he brought me around and introduced me to all sorts of people involved with the show and ensured that I got an all access pass for the rest of the week. Fashion week fail becomes fashion week success!
Last night was another great night at fashion week…but more on that in my next posting….
For now, here are some pictures from Tuesday night.
photos (c) Bethany Meuleners