What's the one thing Fashion Week leaves behind when taking its flight to Milan? Somerset House. Even when the designers have packed down their collections and the super models stepped down from their high heels, the beautiful venue along the Thames stays put and doesn't even get a full week's rest.
Owing to its immense popularity and coveted social status, it is easy to forget that the catwalk show is a relatively recent phenomenon. Although its origin can be traced to the fashion parades that took place in the couture houses of nineteenth century Paris, it wasn't until the 1990s that designers began to rethink small, individual shows for a minority of buyers and press personalities.
10 years ago to the week, the international fashion industry was gearing up for another round of catwalk shows in New York, London, Paris and Milan. Pencils would have been sharpened as editors took out their sketchbooks during presentations to draw and write about fashions that would hit stores in six months time.