Our London Fashion Week guide
The highlight of London's fashion calendar returns to the capital in September with a new programme designed for public audiences
Now the programme is no longer going to be targeted exclusively at industry insiders, but in a bid to reach new audiences, the British Fashion Council has announced that London Fashion Week will be the first of the four global fashion weeks to offer a dynamic programme designed for both a trade and public audience.
Catwalk shows for the trade audience will still be scheduled across five days of LFW from 13 – 17 September, but you'll no longer need A-lister access to step into the world of fashion throughout the week. Public tickets will be available for an immersive London Fashion Week experience which will allow access to six catwalks showcasing a selection of high-profile designers (yet to be announced). The shows will take place at the official London Fashion Week Hub, Store Studios X180 The Strand, on 14 – 15 September. Ticket holders will be able to witness creative installations, industry-led talk panels, a new Designer Exhibition which showcases designers incorporating sustainability and ethics into their creative process and the DiscoveryLAB – 'an experiential space where fashion meets art, technology and music'.
This season, the LetsBab app will also digitally host the London Fashion Week schedule, allowing attendees to receive schedule updates and show start times on the go.
Key brands to look out for:
Last year Riccardo Tisci took over from Chief Creative Officer of the heritage British brand, replacing the much-loved Christopher Bailey. Many wondered whether an artistic director known for his Italian aesthetic would do justice to a brand so deeply ingrained in British culture, but he stunned the world with his debut Burberry show last September which infused modernity with timelessness.
As a fresh Central Saint Martins graduate, Christopher Kane broke onto the scene in 2006 with his strong feminine looks and daring, rebellious edge. He has since become a household name in British fashion with his designs having been worn by everyone from Taylor Swift to FKA Twigs.
Over the last decade, Serbian designer Roksanda Ilincic has crafted her signature style with her elegant gowns and contemporary looks. Today, she is recognised as one of the leading designers in London, where she has built her immensely sought-after brand.
Gothic, beautiful, floral and dramatic designs by Erdem Moralioglu are some of the most covetable catwalk pieces in every fashion week. The Canadian and Turkish designer breathes uncertainty, darkness and danger into his otherwise innately feminine outfits.
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