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Behind The Scenes at CQ

Go behind the scenes with the team behind Catwalk Queen to find out what goes into running a daily fashion blog. We’ll share our secrets with you, give you a peek at our wardrobe and wishlists, and show you the kind of things we get up to during an average day. Join our London-based team, plus contributors around the world, for a sneaky peek at the people who work on Catwalk Queen!

Behind The Scenes at CQ - all articles

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A fashion editor's typical Fashion Week - the stats

So as we all know Fashion Week is a week of excess and extremes. From too many miles in heels to living off a diet of canapés and champagne, it's a tough life, but someone has to do it. Right? It started off with the... Read more »

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Clothes Show London Diary

Steph Powell writes... The Clothes Show London this year has an array of things to draw you in; a beach, the Rimmel stand - basically a big pink teenage girls heaven - and as always, bargains galore. I went along to... Read more »

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Comments are back on CQ!

We're thrilled to bits that comments are back on Catwalk Queen ! After what seems like an eternity without the chance to hear your opinions we can finally hear your thoughts on celeb style , trends , outfit picks and... Read more »

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Hello from Isabelle, CQ's new ed!

Eagle-eyed readers will have spotted a few changes at Catwalk Queen in recent weeks. With a hanky dabbing at our eyes we waved goodbye to Gemma , not without giving her a survival bag for the new office which included... Read more »

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CQ dresses up for a formalwear photoshoot with TK Maxx

[click the image to view a larger version] Last week I was lucky enough to be given a massive treat by the fab folks at TK Maxx. Together with the lovely Anna from The Style Diet , I headed to the High Street... Read more »

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Ask The Catwalk Queens Anything (we do love a bandwagon!)

Some of our favourite fashion bloggers (like Camille , Jane , Karla and co) have been doing Q & A posts recently, letting their readers ask them absolutely anything. Now, we're all for a good blogger trend, and I... Read more »

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Behind The Scenes at CQ: Press day madness & sneaky peeks

Gemma Cartwright writes... Looking at Summer stuff in November should be depressing, but to be honest, it's a nice change not to be looking at party dresses, party dresses and more party dresses. That's why this season... Read more »

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CQ goes vintage in Crystal Palace

Last night, Katie (our Editorial Director) and I headed to Crystal Palace for 'We Hart Vintage', a vintage fashion event hosted by reviews site Qype and independent shopping site Unchained Guide . The whole thing took... Read more »

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Catwalk Queen has a visitor...

We had a very special visitor at Shiny Towers today. One of our favourite fashion bloggers, Selina from Flying Saucers , was in town to interview Gok Wan and attend the Spectacle Wearer of the Year awards, but she took a... Read more »

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Behind The Scenes at CQ: Sample sales and how to find them

Have you ever been to a sample sale? If you have, the queue above will be no surprise to you. These supposedly 'secret' events are never quite as quiet and exclusive as they claim (rule of thumb - if you know about it,... Read more »

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What we wore to London Fashion Week

Sorry we've been a bit lazy about snapping our fashion week outfits this season. This is mainly because we've been so busy bringing you stuff from the shows that we haven't had time. We've also all come down with the dreaded... Read more »

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Behind The Scenes at CQ: The LFW survival kit

Usually when team CQ hit London Fashion Week, we're part of the usual scrum of press, students, buyers and blaggers trying to get the best seats in the house. Today, however, I was lucky enough to be a guest of LFW sponsors... Read more »

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Behind The Scenes at CQ - Just shoot me

Jonathan Smith writes... I've been here before so no introductions needed - well I should hope not anyway - but it's always and pleasure to come in to see the Shiny faces at Shiny Towers. Another week draws to a close... Read more »

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Meet the Team: Gemma Cartwright

I've been blogging at Catwalk Queen forever, but for some reason I managed to escape the 'Meet The Team' questionnaire . Since I'm now back blogging with a vengeance after a bit of a break, I thought it was time I finally... Read more »

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Behind The Scenes At CQ: Another intern's point of view

Zara Kenyon writes... I've been reading Catwalk Queen since the age of 15, before it became part of Shiny Media, and I've followed it right up until now as a 20 year old, sitting in Shiny Towers, giving you readers some... Read more »

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Behind The Scenes at CQ - An intern's view of Shiny Towers

Jonathan Smith writes... Welcome to the Shiny Towers, a warm and fuzzy office where the magic that is Shiny happens. The office is punctuated with friendly faces all working at what seems to be as much hobby as it is... Read more »

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Behind The Scenes at CQ: The Net-a-Porter Cruise 2009 press day

Today we headed out of Shiny Towers and into the sunshine to take a look at Net-a-Porter 's Cruise 2009 collections (which won't hit the virtual racks for months, sadly). Designer press days are my idea of heaven - the only... Read more »

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Behind The Scenes at CQ: The Look Book

Every new season designers, retailers and brands send out 'look books' to press. They do what they say on the tin - show all the looks from a collection on numbered pages, so people can pick out the items they'd like to... Read more »

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CQ Behind the Scenes: Onitsuka Tiger press day

One of the fun things about this job is that we get the opportunity to try out new experiences so when we were offered a drink in the Absolut IceBar after the Onitsuka Tiger Press Day we jumped at the chance. As we... Read more »

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Behind The Scenes at CQ: Gemma's latest fash-piration - Romola Garai for Lula Magazine

Like any fashionista living in a rented house with disgusting wallpaper, the walls of my bedroom are covered in postcards, posters, photographs and pages torn from magazines. One much-loved shoot features underrated... Read more »

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Behind The Scenes at CQ: What we're wearing this week

As part of our Behind The Scenes feature, you guys suggested we show off what we've been buying and wearing each week. We used to do this quite a lot, but over recent months we been too scared busy to snap our... Read more »

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Behind The Scenes at CQ: A day in the life of Gemma

When I launched the new 'Behind The Scenes' feature, I asked for your thoughts on what you'd like to see on the site. One suggestion was a diary from one of the team, which seemed like a good idea to me! Yesterday was the... Read more »

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Behind The Scenes at Catwalk Queen: an introduction

Gemma Cartwright writes... When I'm not writing and editing, shooting video , sitting in boring meetings or schmoozing, a big part of my job is online research. I spend ages each day reading other style blogs (and... Read more »