Our London Fashion Week Event Guide
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 are held. Sadly, not everyone can rock up and attend a high fashion house show. But, luckily, all the shows will be live-streamed and you can watch them here. Don't miss JW Anderson's mixed show at 10am and Halpern at 3pm on Saturday 17 February. Molly Goddard (main image, above) is at 2pm. We're excited that Victoria Beckham has come home to London Fashion Week. After years of showing in New York, the designer will show her SS18 collection alongside the other Brits. It's not the first brand we've poached from America. Last year, All American brand Tommy Hilfiger shut down London Fashion Week with a star-studded closing show.
16 – 20 February, 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 (last year there were 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) was there last year discussing her latest catwalk show and book – English Myths and Legends.
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22 – 25 February, 180 The Strand
Alternative catwalks: London Designer's Collective
For clothing that makes you think, head to Covent Garden for a fashion showcase with a difference. The excellent brands that form the London Designer's Collective will be displaying their new looks over fashion week. They include the statement stylings of Conflict of Ego, antibacterial underwear from Stratum London and stackable jewellery from the trendy beaches of Bali by House Thirteen. There will be evening events as well as lots of cool clothes for sale.
16 – 20 February, Covent Garden
Charity catwalk: ILFWDA Fashion Show
Putting on a fashion show is an expensive pursuit, so last September the Independent London Fashion Week Designers Association (ILFWDA) was formed. It offers independent designers a chance to put on their shows without paying prohibitive costs, with all proceeds going to UNICEF. Go along to the Hilton for a flurry of catwalks from emerging designers. And watch this space: this might even become the next big fashion scene.
16 February, 11am – 5pm, The Waldorf Hilton
The great exhibition: Balenciaga
Are you sick of hearing about Balenciaga, the V&A's smash hit exhibition from last year? Well, hear about it just this last time: it closes on the Sunday of fashion week, so you might hope to catch some fashionistas in the galleries getting their last look at the babydoll dresses and cocoon coats before the final curtain.
Until 18 February, Victoria and Albert Museum, Exhibition Road
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
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