Backstage buffets

April 10th, 2013

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Not sure if it’s the disconnect between the featherweight models and the stodgy foods often seen backstage, or just the fact that I’m perpetually hungry during Fashion Week, but for the last couple of seasons I’ve been sneakily documenting the catering on offer. Something about the unglamorous reality of the backstage buffet is very intriguing though: no matter how upmarket the brand front of house, everyone is still fueled by crisps and instant coffee.

Also I just learned this week that I love coconut water, so I’m feeling a very strong sense of regret when I reflect on the many missed opportunities to fill up my bag with £1.50 a carton Vita Coco. You live and learn, I guess, you live and learn.

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11 Comments

  1. Mary says:

    I’m not surprised that this is what it looks like backstage. But I have to say that the sandwiches laid out on plastic trays and the picked-over fruit all looks so unappetizing. Think I’d rather eat the Twix bar! Haha.

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  2. alicia says:

    These are fun!! I’m a big coconut water fan myself :)

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  3. Helena says:

    Ha! This is totally fascinating! I especially like the paper plate with bread and loose grapes just rolling around on it.

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  4. Anna says:

    I always love your photography – it’s always so much more real than perhaps other work, somehow.

    This is a prime example – what an awesome idea! Really interesting and fun! :)

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  5. Rachel says:

    I don’t like coconut water, but I have learnt the Vitamin Water lesson from the BFC press lounge. For months after my fridge is still usually filled with bottles of XXX Berry. I don’t think I have ever paid for a bottle of the stuff in my life!

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  6. sarah says:

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  7. mat says:

    imagine how much gets wasted too

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  8. Courtney says:

    Ah, so this is what goes on backstage!

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  9. Judy says:

    Oh, my, this is such an interesting post! I’ve never been backstage at a fashion show but I had this idea that the buffet tables were really tidy and glam. I guess not! That’s really cool. =)

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