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London Fashion Week, the biggest event in London’s annual fashion calendar, is taking place from 12 to 16 September. For those without access to the much-coveted affair, here’s a round-up of the top fashion-related happenings that you can enjoy:
Knitwear Chanel to Westwood Exhibition
Make amends for missing out on the front row by strutting your stuff at the major fashion exhibitions currently on in the city. The Fashion and Textile Museum’s Knitwear Chanel to Westwood exhibition (19 Sep-18 Jan 2015), features knitwear pieces from some of the fashion world’s finest designers and explores the effects of punk and deconstruction on 20th century fashion design. If charting fashion evolution tickles your fancy, Wedding Dresses 1775–2014 is also running until March 2015 at the V&A. Here you’ll see more of Westwood’s work, as well as showstopping creations from the likes of Vera Wang and John Galliano.
Impossible Catwalk Shows
For a unique take on the Fashion Week phenomena, visit the Fashion Space Gallery at the London College of Fashion and see Simon Costin’s Impossible Catwalk Shows. Opening on the first day of London Fashion Week, exchange the real catwalk experience for Costin’s own bizarre interpretations where the possibilities are endless. Until 13 Dec
When Art Meets Fashion
From 6 September visit the V&A’s latest blockbuster exhibition Horst: Photographer of Style with prints, drawings and notebooks from the legendary fashion photographer. Gallery 8 is also exploring fashion in a different medium with their Drawing On Style exhibition. Here you can view fashion illustrations commissioned for the likes of Vogue and L’Oreal – and you will even get the chance to buy original designs from Dior and Biba! 11-16 Sep
Inside Coco Chanel’s Apartment
Take a unique chance to explore Coco Chanel’s apartment in Sam Taylor-Johnson’s photographic exhibition for the Saatchi Gallery, that allows visitors to see inside the home of one of fashion’s most iconic figures for the first time. 12-22 Sep
Vintage Fashion Fairs
Over the weekend, take a break from the catwalk and galleries, and shop some iconic vintage wear, proving that it’s not all about new designs, but historic staples too! Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair returns on 14 September from 11am to 5pm. Alexandra Palace also has a Pop Up Vintage Fair happening on the same date from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
After a packed day of activities, an evening during London Fashion Week wouldn’t be complete without a cocktail or two. The Metropolitan Hotel on Old Park Lane is serving up an array of designer inspired cocktails at their Met bar from 16–20 September, with muses including Tom Ford, Paul Smith and Matthew Williamson.