A Strange Thing Happened At Fashion Week


Pic – Alison Canavan Wearing Phannatiq

I sit here writing this tonight writing this after the last day of London Fashion Week, this isn’t the first piece I thought I’d write post the worlds biggest jumble sale but something very strange happened during the festival of fashion. If I ever thought that I’d spend a lot of the weekend with a globally renowned catwalk model who worked with Ford Models and can share stories of runway antics with Gisele it wouldn’t have been a thought train that would lead to what follows below.

During the weekend I’ve been attending shows, Alison Canavan was at many as well as she has been visiting from Dublin for the collections, we kept bumping into each other at runways and in the Me Hotel London where Felicities were hosting a lounge and we got chatting which eventually led us getting to know each other a little. She has a book out called Minding Mum and its about her personal journey and thoughts on wellness and we’ve talked over some of the points in it. I’ll confess (Alison I apologise in advance for this line) that even as recently as  month ago I was describing wellness as “the worst kind of new age horse cockery” which is odd given my usual open minded liberal slants on things but I just couldn’t buy into.

Anyway after a show we were walking back from Freemasons Hall Alison invited me to have lunch with her and we stopped into POD for something. She made a few compelling points about what wellness is and actually while I had no issue with healthy eating and fitness she talked about what wellness was in comparison. It should also be said that Alison is one of the happiest people I’ve ever met in the industry, her joy and enthusiasm for her new perspective and life is quite a thing to be around and maybe it seeped in a bit to hear it put in more laymans terms that I could relate to rather than dressed up in fancy theory. Turns out it’s not all the sweat lodges and incense which is what my rather unfairly dismissive attitude to it all was.

In fact so much did it seep in that I went back to POD today to grab some lunch as the food is tasty, plenty of vegan options and some new things to try in a boring world of limited lunch options in shops. I insta’d a picture because I’m not above being a cliche and thought no more of it. I saw Alison later in the afternoon and after discussing a secret project it was time to say goodbye. As we were getting ready to head off in our separate directions a challenge was put forward, why don’t I give her principles a go and when we next see each other she can find out how it’s been going.

Well Alison I was thinking about it on the train and why not, and by try it I mean truly commit to it for the roughly 4 weeks until shes back in London, challenge ACCEPTED.

We’ll see how it goes, eating right, getting more active but also taking in the things I’m less sure of, like the rule never to miss the 20 minute meditation at the start of the day, the list of achievements in the day and other bits that move it truly into trying mindfulness and I’m going to do a diary of updates of how changing activity, diet and thought process go.

As someone who lives a high stress life and always has to have time filled, will I be able to relax more, will the increasing brain fog I’ve been feeling clear, will my paper thin immune system improve and most importantly, will my less that wonderful blood pressure scores improve. So first off I’ve made a healthy Asian broth for tomorrow and I’m gonna have a google on how the hell I meditate, Alison may get some help messages but basically all this is her fault so it’s on her anyway !!!

Wish me luck readers I’m not sure I can live without Diet Coke or my 90’s hip hop play list as my morning 20 minutes.

About Ross Pollard

Since starting writing on my 31st birthday in 2011 I have held a number of positions at magazines and websites as well as regularly producing articles for numerous publications alongside contributing to TV & radio shows as a freelance fashion journalist including Hoxton Radio & Fashion One TV. Alongside writing, I have worked in other industries helping to design & grow digital platforms, develop businesses and support operations practices. This experience has proved invaluable in building an understanding of how businesses work, and the landscape in which retail, B2B commerce and other commercial operations develop. Knowledge of commercial interests has helped shape my fashion industry insights beyond critiquing of garments

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