Great Escape / by Cinthia Contreras

As I sat in the taxi, I took stock of my surroundings. A few hours earlier I was still in London after a really good Fashion Week and now I was riding down a typically postcard perfect French Boulevard on my way back to the office. As I swapped texts with friends still in London and dealt with emails I had totally neglected over LFW, I started wondering, are Fashion Weeks excuses for the fashion crowd to take a complete break from reality?

Let's face it, no matter how glamorous your life, there are times when stark reality can rain on your fashion parade. Like certain other insider events, Fashion Week is one of those precious things - a wonderful bubble in which you get to float for a few days with like-minded people all involved in the same industry. You discover and are inspired by new designs, you're literally immersed in beautiful things and it's a great opportunity to catch up with friends, old and new. It's a total and complete break from everything unrelated to fashion and that's part of its appeal.

However, no matter how much fun Fashion Week can be, there's no denying it involves a lot of hard work on all levels. Designers and brands toil endlessly for months to put their shows together. Writers, reporters, photographers and other attendees covering events must be on the run all day tracking the best collections and getting the coverage out in good time. And once it's over the whole work cycle begins again for all involved. We all know what they say about all work and no play making people dull so thank goodness FW is damn  good fun too. Indeed, Fashion should never be dull. And that's why we'll always look forward to our next dose of delicious - yet exhausting - Fashion Week escapism.

The Chicutopian (@barbedchic)