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
Chantelle Brown-Young at the Versus catwalk.
This year, London Fashion Week takes place in a brand new venue- 180 Strand, where the Mens collections take place. As usual, Topshop will show somewhere else- last year it was Spitalfields Market, this year they're back at the Turbine Hall in the Tate Modern,alongside House of Holland and Fashion East. There are events at the OXO tower and some shows have their own location, sadly divulged only on the official invites. Luckily, all the shows will be live-streamed- you can watch them here.
Don't miss Burberry, 7:30pm on Monday 20 February.
17 - 21 February, 180 The Strand
The sister act: London Fashion Week Festival
Formerly known as London Fashion Week End, this festival may a new name for a new year but it's still the same glitzy fashion party, with events, shopping and talks. It has its own catwalk shows (Mother of Pearl, Huishan Zhang) it has a massive pop-up shop with everything selling at industry insider prices and talks from the curators of the upcoming Princess Diana and Balenciaga exhibitions. We're most excited about seeing one of our favourite fashion journalists, Pandora Sykes.
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23 - 26 February, 180 The Strand
Burberry x Henry Moore, Maker's House
Launching the day after their London Fashion Week show on the Monday, Burberry's second Maker's House is a collaboration with the foundation behind the formidable father of Modern British sculpture, Sir Henry Moore. They will display 40 of his sculptures alongside Burberry clothes form the AW17 collection, fresh off the runway. The curving reclining figures of Moore's statues lend even more artistic and British credibility to an already very cultured British brand- and a few more curves than we'll probably see on the catwalk itself. Pieces will be available to buy there and then at the Maker's House, their pop-up venue.
21 - 27 February, Maker's House, 1 Manette Street, Soho, London, W1D 4JB
At Somerset House: International Fashion Showcase
Somerset House shows fashion from emerging designers in twenty-five countries to co-incide with Fashion Week. The theme this year is Local/Global, but it could be anything, really, we just want to see some lovely clothes. Go and explore an international manikin challenge, from countries such as Lebanon (above). Entry is free but pre-booking is advised.
17 - 21 February, Somerset House
The classic tea: Berkeley Hotel Prêt-à-Portea
Yes, a bit old school, a bit cliché but wait- they still have those biscuits that look like shoes? And a Big Mac handbag? I do want to eat two of those, actually. Each treat in the Berkeley Hotel's special fashion tea, available all year round, is named after a designer. It's the tenth anniversary edition this year, which means a selection of their greatest fashion/food hits. And it's not a Big Mac handbag, actually. It's "Moschino’s blood orange Victoria sponge ‘yellow M’ handbag encased in red chocolate".
Available all year, The Berkeley Hotel
The new high tea: The Roof Gardens, Kensington
Rivalling The Berkeley, here comes afternoon tea with a fashion twist, courtesy of Kensington's The Roof Garden- a massive secret garden overlooking Chelsea. Not only are there brownie top hats and shortbread shoes, there's a special talk with Delisia Howard, who, with Barbara Hulaniki, was one of the original Biba girls and ran the roof garden in the 60s. So, there you go, fashion royal-tea.
18 February, 12pm, The Roof Gardens, Kensington
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
The slightly edgy one: LCFMA17, House of Vans
The Alt-Venue with the mainstream logo, House of Vans under the Waterloo railway arches is the new site of the London College of Fashion's latest graduate show. Look out for Katrina Wilson if she's showing- her body stockings have 'Kenzo collaboration' written all over them. House of Vans schedule some interesting fashion talks alongside the graduate show and after-party. We like 'What is the Future of Subcultures?' a talk in association with i-D magazine, on 25 February, 3pm.
16 - 26 February, House of Vans
The bold one: Museum of Transology, Fashion Space Gallery
Fashion is an industry that's often seen as exclusive, exacting and intolerant. This fashion week, instead of agonising over your outfit, do something a little different. The Fashion Space Gallery is putting on a show of trans artefacts, donated by individuals and telling very personal stories, alongside footage and photographs from the likes of Grayson Perry and Bharat Sikka and real post-surgery body parts.
20 January - 22 April, Fashion Space Gallery
The knotty one: Entangled: Threads and Making, Turner Contemporary, Margate
Anna Ray Knot (2007) © the artist
It's had mixed reviews, but this examination of exclusively female textile artists at the Turner Contemporary still celebrates an art form that's often unsung, with standout works from Louise Bourgeois. If a trip to the seaside is on the agenda, then take this one in.
28 January - 7 May, Turner Contemporary, Margate
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