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If you’re not lucky enough to get a ticket to next week’s London Fashion Week AW14, don’t worry – there are plenty of other ways to enjoy LFW fever in London.

From couture cocktails to catwalk shows, we’ve picked out the coolest official and unofficial London Fashion Week events – and, best of all, they’re open to everyone!

International Fashion Showcase 2014

Discover emerging designers from around the world at the International Fashion Showcase. Organised by the British Council and British Fashion Council, the umbrella event sees 30 embassies and cultural institutions across the capital exhibit works by emerging fashion designers from their countries. And, for the first time, you can catch 14 of the showcases in one place: 180 The Strand.

London Fashion Weekend Feb 2013

London Fashion Weekend

After London Fashion Week, Somerset House remains a buzz of activity with London Fashion Weekend (20-23 Feb). Unlike LFW, it’s open to everyone (with a ticket), so you can make like Anna Wintour and catch all the action from the front row. Catwalk showcases feature Julien Macdonald, Amanda Wakeley, Farhi by Nicole Farhi and Maria Grachvogel. You’ll also get the chance to shop top designer brands, attend industry talks and get a free Limited Edition Designer Tote Bag. Plus if you’ve got your own fashion blog, you can apply to be the Official London Fashion Weekend SS14 Blogger!

Juergen Teller ‘Bus Stops’

If you take a bus along The Strand during London Fashion Week, check out the tops of the bus-stop shelters and you’ll spot a series of photographs by top fashion photographer and artist Juergen Teller. This uniquely placed exhibition has been organised by Transport for London and gallery Annin Arts as part of celebrations for the Year of the Bus. The photos portray well-known faces from the fashion industry and beyond, including Kate Moss, Bjork and Dame Vivienne Westwood. Just make sure you nab a window seat on the correct side of the top deck!

Image courtesy of the Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair

The Vintage Collections: Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair

To mark London Fashion Week, Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair is hosting a special edition entitled The Vintage Collections. Known as ‘the Selfridges of vintage’, the fair will present a highlight of the LFW schedule, with style inspiration for the coming season. There’ll be 50 traders offering womenswear, menswear and accessories from classic London labels such as Vivienne Westwood, Ossie Clark and Biba – plus a tearoom, an alterations service, makeovers and more.

X Guestlist Catwalk Show at Vibe Bar

Brick Lane’s happening Vibe Bar is hosting its own alternative to London Fashion Week, the X Guestlist Catwalk Show. As well as catwalk showcases by designers Elena Ferti, Yan Neo and Jenny Sun, there’ll be an exhibition of work by Mia Hawk and Benjamin Jensen.

The Brigitte Bardot cocktail from Drake & Morgan

London Fashion Week Cocktails

Maybe it’s something to do with Sex & The City, but cocktails and fashion seem to be the perfect pairing – just like Carrie and Big (eventually). Bartenders across London are busy conjuring up fashion-themed cocktails ready for the LFW set. The PJ Lounge at Mayfair hotel Dukes St James London has a limited-edition cocktail menu for February, featuring tipples such as The Cara, The Kate and The Karl.

Drake & Morgan (the people behind The Refinery, The Parlour and other London restaurants and bars) have had a similar brainwave, and during LFW will be serving cocktails inspired by classic fashion icons: including The Brigitte Bardot (bourbon, brandy, sugar syrup, egg yolk, cream and chocolate powder) and The Jackie Kennedy (white rum, lime, sugar syrup and Maraschino Liqueur).

Skinny Salads and Couture Cocktails at Mews of Mayfair

Skinny Salads at Mews of Mayfair

Close by, restaurant/bar Mews of Mayfair will be catering for model diets with its limited-edition range of low-calorie Skinny Salads, paired with ‘super-slim Couture Cocktails’. There are four pairings to choose from, including Hot Smoked Salmon accompanied by a flute of English Garden fizz (in total: 235 calories) and Prawn & Crayfish Salad with Mutiny Mews (146 calories). Available 14-18 Feb only.

Help a Capital Child party

Help A Capital Child LFW Party

This Valentine’s Day, show some real love and book a ticket for the Help a Capital Child LFW Party. The shindig at London’s Sway will raise money for Capital FM’s Help A Capital Child charity, and promises to be great fun, with catwalk shows from London’s hottest emerging designers, DJs, music and partying until 3am.

Italian Valentine Fashion Night

The very same evening, the Italian Valentine Fashion Night will take place at Il Bottaccio near Hyde Park, featuring some of the best fashion and homeware brands from Italy and raising money for the Amy Winehouse Foundation with a charity auction. There’ll also be a special performance by Mitch Winehouse and other celebrities.

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London Fashion Week AW13: Events You Can Go To Thu, 14 Feb 2013 10:30:21 +0000

For one of the most high-profile and stylish events in the world, London Fashion Week is remarkably accessible. If you can’t blag your way in as a fashion professional, journalist or Anna Wintour’s long-lost relative, you can still get a taste of the glamour that infects the city twice a year. London will be full of fashionable opportunities around 15 to 19 February, when the Autumn and Winter 2013 collections from British designers will be on show.

The closest you can get to the action is London Fashion Weekend, which uses the same catwalk at Somerset House for its runway shows, moving in a few days after Fashion Week has packed up. Inside the marquee in the central courtyard, shows will explore upcoming trends and individual designers. You can also browse the maze of mini showrooms, filled with cut-price designer clothing from classic British labels like Pringle of Scotland and Twenty8Twelve.

You can also emulate the jet-set lifestyle of the fashion elite by visiting foreign embassies dotted around the capital, who will promote their country’s emerging designers in the International Fashion Showcase exhibition. More than 110 designers are involved, representing countries as varied as Argentina, Jamaica, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Nigeria and Vietnam. Follow them on a stylish treasure hunt around the capital with this official map – collecting six stamps on the ‘passport’ enters you into a prize draw to win shopping vouchers or tickets to next season’s Fashion Weekend.

There are also plenty of unofficial events worth visiting – the first ever British Plus Size Fashion Weekend has caused a media stir and will celebrate bodies of size 16 and above, and the designers who are inspired by them. It should offer some refreshing and challenging perspectives, not to mention realistically-sized models. Other alternative events include frock-swapping and upcycling lessons at Forest Hill Fashion Week, while retro cocktail bar Bourne & Hollingsworth is hosting Fashion Retrospective, a vintage fashion show at the Bloomsbury Ballroom which plans to reveal the influence the old has on the new.

And away from the runways, there is the nightlife, much of which you can buy a ticket for. London radio station Capital FM is holding a Fashion Week closing party with design collective London Ethnic at Village Underground in Shoreditch. It’s in aid of the Help a Capital Child charity and some models represented Team GB at the London Olympics. The May Fair is the official London Fashion Week hotel, and has created a range of decadent cocktails inspired by shoes to celebrate. Even if you don’t make a party, a trip to one of central London’s bars could well reward you with a celeb sighting.

Here are the dates for your diary:

  • London Fashion Weekend: 21-24 February at Somerset House
  • International Showcase Exhibition: 1-28 February at embassies around London
  • British Plus Size Fashion Weekend: 15-16 Februrary at Shoreditch Town Hall
  • Forest Hill Fashion Week: 15-19 February around Forest Hill
  • Fashion Retrospective: 16 February at Bloomsbury Ballroom
  • Help a Capital Child Party: 19 February at Village Underground in Shoreditch
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