London Fashion Week: Event Guide for style seekers
What to do in London during Fashion Week, from the shows to the shopping to the high tea with shortbread shoes
The main event: London Fashion Week
This year, London Fashion Week takes place at 180 The Strand, where the majority of catwalk shows will be held. But Burberry will show their collection at their new venue in Clerkenwell - Old Sessions House, while CHALAYAN will show his womenswear collection 'Entitle' at Sadler's Wells. Not everyone can rock up and attend a high fashion house show. But, luckily, all the shows will be live-streamed- you can watch them here.
Don't miss Burberry, showing both the mens and womens collection at 7pm on Saturday
14 - 19 September, 180 The Strand
The sister act: London Fashion Week Festival
Formerly known as London Fashion Week End, this festival is still the same glitzy fashion party, with events, shopping and talks. It has its own catwalk shows (Fyodor Golan, Edeline Lee and Bora Aksu) it has a massive pop-up shop with everything selling at industry insider prices and talks from high fashion people. Alice Temperely (above) will be there, discussing her latest catwalk show and book – English Myths and Legends.
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21 - 24 September, 180 The Strand
Street party: Carnaby Fashion Festival
This is the street to be seen on next week end. To run alongside London Fashion Week Festival (it even provides a free shuttle between Carnaby and 180 The Strand!) Carnaby Street are having a good old fashioned bash with plenty of in store discounts. Hop along to the new Sweaty Betty store fro free yoga, clutch for treasures in Skinnydip's lucky dip, get free cocktails at Soho Grind and a party at The Kooples. Pre-register right now.
21 - 24 September, Carnaby Street
Cool collection: Here We Are: a photography exhibition by Burberry, Sessions House
Credit: Ken Russell, crop of In Your Dreams, 1955
We've come to expect a lot from Burberry at London Fashion Week. This season they don't disappoint. As well as their catwalk show, you can attend Old Sessions House in Clerkenwell for a highly stylish photography exhibition. Set over three floors, discover the landmark British photographs that have inspired Burberry's new collection. Look out for society portraits by Dafydd Jones and over 70 images by Alisdair McLellan. This will be the most stylish event in the most stylish month of the year.
18 September - 1 October, Old Sessions House, Clerkenwell
The classic tea: Berkeley Hotel Prêt-à-Portea
Each treat in the Berkeley Hotel's special fashion tea, available all year round, is named after a designer. And like a true fashion high tea, the roster of biscuits changes every six months. This season, pastry chef Mourad Khiat has recreated Mulberry's stripy 'It' bag and a Balenciaga tribute. Charlotte Olympia's banana pumps make a delightfully fruity biscuit and Gucci always tastes delicious – try their jumper in raspberry mousse form.
Available all year, The Berkeley Hotel
'Lost' your suitcase? Fashion Now private shopping service at Hotel Café Royal
Given them just 90 minutes, and the fast, fashionable people at Hotel Café Royal will rustle you up a new designer wardrobe! This service, which launched in September, doesn't just give you an old cardigan out of the lost property bin. Oh, no: the hotel is in partnership with Matches Fashion, so you're getting the most fashionable pieces, from the most lusted-after designers. Finally, a reason to smile after your suitcase accidentally gets sent to Samoa.
From 1 September, Hotel Café Royal, London, W1B 4DY
Breakfast meeting: The Delaunay
Just around the corner from the Strand Venue, The Delaunay is touted as the place to go to watch editors and fashionistas having their breakfast croissant before the shows. The European bar and its Viennese takeaway counter are open all day, though the private dining areas might squirrel away the most exclusive of guests.
Weekday breakfast, 7am - 11:30am, 55 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BB
Collaborate and listen: Fashion Together at the Fashion Space Gallery
Some things are better together. At least, they are when they happen to be two visionary artists working on a fashion collection. To celebrate London Fashion Week, head to the Fashion Space Gallery for a show that celebrates seven amazing collaborations in fashion. See work by design team Viktor & Rolf, a collection by Alexander McQueen with jeweller Shaun Leane, and the collaboration between photographer Nick Knight and designer Daphne Guinness. They all pack a powerful punch when they work together, as this exhibition shows. Move over, Dolce and Gabbana
8 September - 13 January, Fashion Space Gallery, 20 John Prince's St, Marylebone
A high concept show: Entitle by CHALAYAN
Prepare for 'a sense of despair seen within digital culture'. This is the theme for Chalayan's latest collection, which you can see at Sadler's Wells for London Fashion Week. At this show, embroidery plays a big role in representing how we can slow down communication in a digital age. Even if you don't 'get' the theme, you'll be blown away by the architecture of the clothes: Hussein Chalayan is famous for innovative design and challenging expectations, which he did with his famous coffee table dress (a table which converted into clothing) back in 2000.
17 September, 6pm, Lilian Baylis Studio, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R
Go West: Westfield Elle Fashion Cupboard and Beauty Hub
The Westfield shopping centre are hosting their own fashion events during Fashion Week. There will be runway shows from your favourite high street brands on the catwalk all week end, including Maje and Topshop. The Elle Fashion Cupboard opens its doors on Friday to showcase the latest trends and dole out style advice. There are free makeovers by Bobbi Brown and you can try out Charlotte Tilbury's new Hollywood collection for lovely lips.
15 - 17 September, Westfield, Shepherd's Bush, London
The pop up: Beluah
Indian-inspired, fashion forward and romantic, we love Beulah for its commitment to women's issues. Founded in 2010, the brand helps Indian women find independence through employment, and 10% of its profits go towards its trust. It's jewel-bright pop up shop has arrived on Sloane Square, just in time for fashion week. This season buy its celestial-inspired prints in dreamy midnight blue.
Open now, 196 Sloane Street
The new shop: Fiorucci
Fierce Italian brand Fiorucci has been teasing us all summer with a pop up in Selfrdges and an online site. They're finally opening a proper bricks and mortar shop on Brewer Street, in Soho, to compete with the streetwear brands that drop their new lines here. This brand was big in the seventies - and now it's having its own Italian Renaissance. Expect highly sexualised campaigns, tighter than tight denim and sweet but naughty logos. And queues. Lots of queues.
From 16 September, Brewer Street, Soho
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