London Fashion Week highlights that you definitely don’t want to miss
It’s the biannual highlight of the London calendar for fashion bloggers, buyers, editors, ‘influencers’ and industry insiders, and the perfect time to get papped in your most questionable (sorry, fashion forward) outfit.
The event runs from Friday 14 September to Tuesday 18 September, and is held in the British Fashion Council (BFC) Show Space and Presentation Space on the Strand.
Shows don’t tend to be open to the general public, but plenty of shows are being livestreamed.
We’ve created a handy guide of the most exciting shows that you shouldn’t miss if you’re a high fashion aficionado.
Friday – Richard Malone
Irish designer Richard Malone might be only 26, but he’s already been awarded the Deutsche Bank Award for Fashion, previously won by Christopher Kane, and has been hailed by British Vogue as a ‘remarkable talent’.
His previous two London Fashion Week shows have been highly successful, showcasing his unique blend of rebelliousness and careful attention to detail.
Influences from Malone’s hometown of Wexford in Ireland are clearly present in his use of colour, and his commitment to sustainably sourced fabrics and natural dyeing firmly situate him as part of a new generation of talent with an awareness of fashion’s impact on the planet.
Saturday – Anya Hindmarch
British powerhouse Anya Hindmarch has grown her business into a massive global brand since its inception in 1897.
Hindmarch was the first accessories designer to hold an on-schedule London Fashion Week show, and her LFW offerings have since been celebrated for their opulence and creativity.
Think huge male choirs, giant Rubik’s cubes and models floating over the catwalk instead of walking on it.
This year, Hindmarch is holding an immersive experience called ‘Chubby Cloud’ at Banqueting House that’s open the public.
It will include talks from leading fashion and culture experts, guided meditations, bedtime stories with Claudia Winkleman and Poppy Delevignge and the world’s biggest bean bag – because why not?
Sunday – Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham has come a long way from her days as Posh Spice.
She’s been running her luxury fashion label for a decade and has garnered critical acclaim from the notoriously tough to impress fash pack.
Victoria Beckham will join the London Fashion Week roster for the very first time as a celebration of the brand’s 10 year anniversary.
Sunday – Jenny Packham
Jenny Packham, best known for her ready-to-wear and bridal collections, can be seen on red carpets all over the world.
The designer has dressed some of the most influential women in film, music and public life, including Kate Winslet, Emily Blunt, Taylor Swift, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Angelina Jolie.
The label was launched in 1988 and is established as one of the most successful independent British brands.
Monday – Rejina PYO
‘Quintessentially British’ fashion house Burberry’s new commitment to sustainability and going fur-free is very much in-line with London Fashion Week’s new pledge to keep animal skins off the runway.
With Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci at the helm, we can expect to see more diversity on the catwalk and a greater engagement with social issues from the brand.
Monday – Christopher Kane
Christopher Kane’s show is not one to miss at this September’s London Fashion Week.
After graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2006, Kane began to immediately build on his successful MA collection which had already won awards and captured the imagination of the fashion press.
He has consolidated his reputation as a skillful and innovative designer who plays expertly with the concept of femininity, and his shows are recognised as a major highlight of the LFW schedule.
Tuesday – Richard Quinn
Lewisham-born Richard Malone only established his eponymous label in 2016, but it has quickly established the Londoner as one of Britain’s most exciting and bold new designers.
Malone graduated with an MA in Fashion from Central Saint Martins and has since chosen to focus on womenswear and textiles.
Expect interesting fabrics, striking patterns and a commitment to sustainability.