Behind The Scenes: Inside Exhibit’s Fall/Winter 2016 Show Fittings
Pre-show Prep = 3 hours + 31 looks + 19 models + 50 sandwiches + a floor full of shoes.| November 10, 2016
It was only when I arrived at Charles & Keith’s headquarters in Singapore that I realised I had never sat in for a runway show fitting before. Backstage at various fashion weeks? Sure. But actually sitting down and seeing hems being folded and tacked, models swapping outfits and all that jazz? Exhibit’s Fall/Winter 2016 fittings marked my first.
Being someone who basically lives for that sheer pleasure of taking new clothes out of plastic bags and boxes, the floor-wide fitting space at Charles & Keith’s headquarters was a bit of a wonderland. As Yoyo and her Exhibit crew went down the line of models, I was already mentally shopping the shoe and accessory label’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection laid out on the floor. Yeap, need those monster platforms, those red suede shoes and that vintage-inspired top handle bag. Definitely need that bag.
I was the lurker that day, the voyeur who got to stick my camera all up in Exhibit’s new duds and the models faces. As long as I didn’t get in the way of the busy bees, I was in a good place.
Then, the clothes came out. That moment I think everyone in the room was waiting for, crew or no. As Yoyo and her team handed out looks to the models, there I was being that annoying person and asking when I could buy this piece and that piece. I couldn’t help it. Holiday season is a-coming and a girl needs her new clothes. (FYI, the first drop from the collection is already available here. You’re welcome.)
It was clear at first glance that the collection was all about velvet, satin and buckles. There was so much to feel about it, weird as that sounds. I was initially surprised at how much colour there was, too. If the Exhibit team can convince me, habitual wearer of all things black, white and blue, to wear the collection’s jewel tones, then they’ve really accomplished something. Already bagged the pink satin slip dress, by the way, and the copper bell-sleeved blouse is in my cart.
After three-ish hours – reasonably fast for a runway show fitting, IMO – the line-up for the 31 looks was settled. Given that the countdown to the show was exactly seven days, you’d expect chaos. But for the Exhibit crew, there was none of that. Seriously. Everyone was just excited. I took my last shot – the beautiful Tatyana just chilling on the couch in a one-shoulder velvet midi – and then slowly backed up towards the box of sandwiches in the pantry. The work was done, lunch beckoned.