Hey little blogbees,
A bit of sad news for you, Farah the Creative director of Metropolitan Fashion Show is leaving to head back to Dubai 😦
“Thank you Farah for giving me a chance to share your Edinburgh Fashion show vision, being the best mentor in the world of fashion/events in Scotland and introducing me to the blogging world! Wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for you!”.
Farah has left me and Eshiva responsibility of Metropolitan Fashion Show. Keep your eyes peals for the next generation of enthusiastic event and fashion lovers 😉
The Touch of Pink event was Farah’s last show and you can’t imagine how emotional it was.
During the Touch of pink event my role and responsibilities was to market the event via social networking, design the theme and moad-board and be in-charge of front of house.
Rehearsals are always fun and upbeat! Usually the first time the whole team get together and put faces to names. We all divided into sections. I briefed the events assistants, Eshiva the models and walks and Farah directed the show and the designer liaison.
This was my first time meeting Ash Mehmood a events student from Edinburgh College. I love meeting passionate events peers! Ash was lovely asked me questions on events management, work experience and my blog (reminds me of mini me when I first spoke to Farah). We clicked straight away especially as I saw she was hard working events student! I Heart Events T-shirt :D.
I asked my wee Events buddy Katie Henderson to help out with the event also, you might of seen her name pop up a few times on my blog (Vintique, Olymphusion). Katies focused work ethic never fails me, this is why I suggested her to be leading the backstage team and ensure a smooth run through. I’ve never worked backstage before and from my experience of watching…It seems stressful…with clothes flying about, makeup and hair. Katie was the perfect person for the role as she’s straight forward and professional. Love love love!
I also met the lovely Zoe Aba Os a business student from Hariot Watt! Amber Akhtar a Events Management student from Napier University was stuck at work.
Once I wrote down everyone roles and responsibilities it made it so much easier to brief them on audience interaction and techniques I picked up from previous events.
Touch of Pink
I asked the events assistants to wear black and have pink lips so we can be part of the theme. Normally during events I literally get 10/15 minutes to get ready before the audience start arriving, as I finished work at 1am I went home and got ready. Do you not love my necklace! Really loved it collaborating with the theme! Thanks Farah and Kifah for the Birthday present (#BirthdayBehaviour)
I got to the venue and everything had been done! Farah the superwoman had literally done everything that needed done ie bags, little bits of ‘touch of pink’.
The event went really well! Ran smoothly and we created a buzz run up to the event, during the event and even after (Marketing skills). The social networking girlswere great with me (Mairi Lowe and Cera), sent over images I had taken to put up, tag mutual friends or the bloggers.
Zoe was on the Cancer Research table and did so well! Raised lots of money for the charity! Amber and Ash were friendly and very welcoming on the doors.
I asked some of the team member about their thoughts and how much Metropolitan has charged from Designers Talent–
I loved being backstage as their was a real buzz and everyone was excited to start, the models were fab to work with and Christine’s collection was beautifully made and her hard work was clearly portrayed through her designs – Katie Henderson – Events Management BA (Hons) student from Queen Margaret University.
My first involvement with Metropolitan Fashion Shows was at the Designers Talent show. I was a little nervous about what to expect. I arrived early and got to know everyone fairly quickly. Once introductions were done and everyone knew what was happening the show was under-way. I would like to say just how professional everyone involved was. This show was a huge success for everyone involved and this has to be down to the organisers. I was made to feel as though I was a valued member of the team that night and my input was greatly appreciated by everyone. It was good to see the winner of this event Christine Watson, having earned her right to showcase her own designs on the latest Metropolitan Fashion Show. This time I was more aware of what was expected from the photographers and we were briefed well. What can I say another great show from the response afterwords everyone had a great night. The organisers have set themselves a bench mark now and can only go from strength to strength. Farah, Sultana and Eshiva know what they want to achieve from these events and have a great team around them to make this happen. Rab Stout -Photographer
I’m really glad that I had the opportunity to be in MFS fashions shows. Experience in the last one for C.Watson was positive. As for a model it pushed me forward and since the show I have received some offers to be in other fashion shows and photo shoots. From Designers Talent MFS became more focused, had a clear vision what needs to be done. Also sustained previous connections and made new ones with amazing creative people such as MUAs, photographers, graphic designers, bloggers, models and of course fashion designers. Klinta Tjapušina – ModelI thought it was a very well Organised event’ the models were well rehearsed, the touch of pink added class and sophistication. The managers were friendly and welcoming and the fashion show ran very smoothly.Ash Mehmood HNC Events student Edinburgh College.
Metropolitan Fashion ShowFor me it will be an experience that I will never forget. Initially when I first entered into the metropolitan fashion show to showcase my collection I never thought in a million years that I would have became a winner. Was really truly overwhelmed and was also dumbstruck at this particular point, hence the speech ( only came here for a laugh) that will haunt me for the rest of my life However was a humbling experience to be part of the team and meeting new people at the event.The teamStarted to really get to know the team individually, though photo shoots and model castings and found you all had a special place in my heart. I had came to the realisation, the big role that everyone in the team had to play to make the MetropolitanFS a success. This was noticed through the hard work and the constant dedication from each and every single person who was part of the team.Farah I felt was just a constant burst of energy, Eshiva was my wee hostess with the mostest and you Sultana (my wee Kim Kardashian) was a delight to work with, and kept everything behind the scenes ticking on time. When showcasing my Touch of Pink Collection, I really felt that the team had made me feel really special and was honoured to be part of the team. Everyone had pulled all the stops out, to bring the show together and promote my brand. I could not believe how hard everyone had worked to make the show a special one, with the little cakes and the pink ribbons to raise cancer awareness. For me the show was a great success and am very grateful to everyone who was part of the team and to everyone who attended. I really felt truly blessed and was great to be a bit more prepared with a speechTouch of PinkI thank each and every single person in the team for a remarkable event and know that you will all succeed with future events for the MetropolitanFS! Love you all from the bottom of my heart! Christine Watson – Designer
The Metropolitan Fashion Show Team
Creative Director: Farah Al Zadjaly
Assistant Directors: Sultana Malik and Eshiva Wright
Marketing: Mairi Lowe
Graphic Designer: Louise Brown
Make-up Artist: Alexis Aitchson, Carol and Rio from Urban Decay Jenners Edinburgh
Hair stylist: The Temple Salon
Backstage: Cera Kamonji, Katie Henderson, Jeanne Rideau
Front house: Ash Mahmood, Zoe Aba Os, Amber Akhtar
Models: Harriet Thompson, Christabel Ho, Lauren McNaught, Klinta Tjapusina, Kirtsty McLaughlin, Susanne Sinclair, Christine Combe, Ivelina Lazarova, Mol Cuddigan, Agnieszka Cynert
Photographers: Sahar Hamzah, Kaz Strathemore, Rab Stout, Gav Young, Margaret Lothian, Marisa
Filming: Robyn Baillie, Rachel Neill