The pretty lies, the ugly truth.

My favorite model, Xaio Wen Ju

Hey guys! In case you’re living under a rock or something, it’s London Fashion Week. Well, the end of LFW. Yeah. And just so you guys know, I won’t be posting any LFW updates on this blog, until the writing is up on The Sunday Times Style website, as they have been sending me round to afew shows as a correspondant- and want things to be more exclusive. However, everything will be up later. It’s been really great and I’ve had an amazing time, the shows have been stunning and everyone has been so wonderful and beautiful, but yesterday I was on abit of a low. I wanted to share with you my diary entry from last night –I would scan it so it’s more lifelike or whatever but I really can’t be bothered at the moment:

So it’s not like I’m at all ungrateful for my success, it’s just that LFW has been kinda wierd lately. Me and mum were talking about how much of a fickle, last minute and sorta harsh industry it is. Now that I’m kind of successful (I guess) most people are abit spiteful because I’m a ‘threat’- or maybe they’ve just got over the whole teen blogger palava. Or maybe I am just making up excuses, because I’m shocked that the novelty of my limelight has dropped and slowed so quickly. Confused. In some ways I like being left alone abit. I still feel like I should be enjoying myself in this magical fairy world of fashion, but all the pooeyness has to come out at some point. I feel abit like that moment when Tavi says she was sitting next to Anna Wintour and everyone at the show looked miserable came too early for me. I don’t really know whether anything I’m saying makes sense at all, but I’m just not getting the same buzz. I’ve been going to more shows than last season so I should be jumping with joy, but I’m sort of exhausted and haven’t had friends or colleuges to talk to like all the fashion peoplez. I guess I keep telling myself: ‘I’m not tired. I’d be fine if I had tonnes and tonnes of shows to go to and no time and loads of smiley faces and things.’ Like, today: at the Louise Gray show today, I was standing in the standing que for like 45 minutes watching people I knew walk past me without even noticing me and it was kinda fustrating. It all seemed abit worthless: the different between a nobody and a somebody was a green dot (on your ticket, duh)- so close yet so far. I felt abit like I just didn’t fit in. Hmm. After that I was abit bummed/hmmed etc and I was too (insert another word meaning tired or something) to go to the last show so I just went home. One of the good things about today was that I looked freakin’ cute, but I didn’t hang out at Somerset much which means I have no photos of my outfit. It’s the last day tommorow so mum says I should go out with a bang. She says I should wear my sparkly Louise Gray dress, but then I feel like I’m falling into the trap of having to wear something ‘stand-out-ish’ so people will see me and ‘I’ll feel validated’ and just generally not dressing for myself or staying true. Descisions, descisions.

Back to the post: I feel like I’m yearning TEENAGE interaction so today I might hang with my good old friend Rocio. I don’t know what to wear cuz the Louise Gray dress is so heavy. Meep. I have three shows: Nasir Mazhar, Tata Naka and Ashish, but I’m so kind of urggh-ed out that I don’t know if I’ll make it hahah. So much waiting in lines, but oh well. I feel like I should make an effort. Lots of blogging and editing and things to do. For now, enjoy these street-style shots by me…

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20 Responses to “The pretty lies, the ugly truth.”
  1. So cool, love the shoes with the wings! I guess that fashion is changing so much that ,well yes, things are going to look a tiny winy bit crazy.
    Love the blog!!!

  2. cricket says:

    Hey opi,

    Unfortunately as you get older and more experianced in the industry , it s not all bells and whistles. You have to just focus on what inspired you in the first time that made you so passionate abour fashion. If you keep focused on that and accept all the things that come with it your soul will be able to deflect all thats not important in your heart. Remember. .. bang bang off the ophelia shield! !!! Just like I taught you xoxo crixsela xoxo

  3. Awh! Gutted to see you’re low at the moment! You might not always realise it, but you have a whooping huge fan base and trust me if I saw you at LFW (hang on, if I was even AT lfw) I’d be screaming… and then you’d probably wish you were in this situation! 😉
    I can’t wait to see more of your photos and enjoy your last day!
    Grace x

  4. Ah, you’ve realised the fickleness of fashion. On the internet, you’re in, in the shows, you’re out. The fashion industry is tough, but I think we have just got to be tougher. Now the fashion press seem to be dumping on bloggers, mainly because they are either annoyed or jealous at the fact that they see us as; ‘some inexperienced kids who can get into a show on only the merit of a bedroom hobby, while I have spent how ever many years at CSM/LCF, interning, writing, showing, styling and the like’. No offense, but I think they think they are too important to see you as a ‘threat’. I think you should read this article by Suzy Menkes,
    It may give you an idea on how the ‘fashion pros’ see bloggers. It’s quite sad but true and I’ll elaborate more later on my blog.

  5. Sechys Diary says:

    Great post. Love your honesty xox

  6. I loved the styles that I saw at LFW and I think that the actual people you see on the streets inspire me more than the actual shows, or who is watching the shows.

  7. I love these! These looks are so eccentric, but stunning at the same time! Ophelia, I nominated you for an award: xxx

  8. Yasi says:

    Sweet pix, I would go insane if I saw you at lfw! You’re awesome as always =D

  9. Pixel hazard says:

    I totally get what you mean. Sometimes it gets a bit lonely at shows filled with hundreds of people. Who knew so many of the ugly cliches of fashion could be so true in such a beautiful industry.

    Don’t let it get you down though 🙂


  10. Lawrence Harrison says:

    Hey Ophelia! Just reading your post and I felt/feel the exact same way when I went to my second,third,forth LFW – it doesn’t have the same magic as your first fashion show. But I will always adore fashion espically when a designer suprises you with a splendid collection. You may feel that some people ignored you when they know you but in most cases they’re probably very busy people. Sometimes you have to be the person to spark a conversation up. Hence why I came up to you and said hello! Xx

  11. Bianca says:

    Ophelia you are truly amazing, first of all you inspired me to be unique and quirky. When I first saw you in Company magazine I realized I wasn’t the only one who had creepers and dyed hair. Let me just tell you that your fashion sense is just like mine and my mums.

    Anyway if you really think your a no one, then just you at those Company interviews you did. You did one in the November magazine in 2012 and the superbloggers edition in 2013. And if you were a no one then how did I find out about you all the way over here in Australia

    You are amazing just believe in that.

  12. Bianca says:

    Great photo by the way, also if your wondering my hair in dyed a rainbow of blue aqua,purple,green,violet,yellow (: I wish I could send you a photo but I don’t know how.

  13. Bianca says:

    Just to tell you I love that girls green hair! Amazing London style ( awesome photography!)

  14. Unknown says:

    just saw your twitter post about the thrift shop, please can you tell me where that shop is?xx

  15. MoyaSoya says:

    So Jelous wish I lived in London! Wanted to be there so much!

    xoxo Maya 🙂

  16. I looove Xiao Wen Ju! She’s beautiful!

  17. Hey ophelia, just to say, you are not a nobody, lets be honest if your a nobody what am I?! Hahah, look at this blog for instance, its so popular, I’ve had mine for a while and its nowhere near like yours and like you I’m 13 but I’m not going to all these fancy fashion show hhaha! Just thought I’d say! Also dont want to sound creepy and annoying but could you give a shoutout or something, it would mean the world and i would probs die or summat, omgz. hah thanks bby, you probs cant coz your busy but…:))) x

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