Visit London Blog » London Fashion Weekend Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 London Fashion Week: Events You Can Go To Sat, 08 Feb 2014 09:30:03 +0000 SS13 Alice Temperley at a previous edition of London Fashion Weekend

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 Video of the Week: London Fashion Week Blogger Edit by Missguided Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:05:54 +0000

As London Fashion Week draws to a close, here are a few London style tips from a group of fashion bloggers. Don’t forget, London Fashion Weekend is open until Sunday so there’s still time to update your wardrobe! For more ideas, visit our shopping pages.

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London Shopping News: Shop London, Regent Street, Oxford Street, Carnaby, London Fashion Weekend Wed, 04 Sep 2013 14:36:59 +0000 London’s retail offering is taking centre stage this month with Shop London, which celebrates the best of shopping in the capital with a heady whirl of events and special offers. Harness the buzz of London Fashion Week by checking out one of the many events that make up September’s Shop London theme.

Carnaby Men’s Style Night

Calling all male fashionistas! Don’t miss Carnaby Men’s Style Night on Thursday 12 September, where shoppers can enjoy a 20% discount in more than 100 shops, restaurants and bars in Carnaby’s 13 iconic streets.

Fashion Film Festival

Covent Garden’s St Martin’s Courtyard is being transformed into an open-air movie theatre from 15 to 17 September for the Fashion Film Festival. Movie-goers can watch iconic fashion films, including fashion industry favourite Grey Gardens, and The September Issue which offers a behind-the-scenes glance into American Vogue.

Oxford Street Fashion Showcase

The famous shopping street is coming alive with a host of fab free events during London Fashion Week (from now until 17 Sep). Get a free Benefit makeover at Debenhams on 13 September and Boots on 14 September, and then have your look snapped in Yahoo’s Flickr photo booth. US chain Forever 21 launches its free personal shopper programme on 13 September. The first 50 customers to sign up and use the service will receive a free gift. For a full list of events, click here.

Vodafone London Fashion Weekend

The Vodafone London Fashion Weekend is a high-fashion knees-up that’s open to all! The exclusive fashion experience will see Somerset House heave with designer catwalk shows, pop-up shops, hair and beauty. Get your seasonal wardrobe fix from designer brands like Issa London, French Sole and Linda Farrow.

Regent Street

Regent Street is running a series of exciting events throughout September, with events in-store at numerous shops including UGG Australia and posh perfumery Penhaligon’s. Also worth a look are the street’s newest residents: American clothing brand J Crew and luxury French fashion house Longchamp. Find out more here

Win a Shopping Trip to London!

Are you an expert on London’s shopping scene? If so, enter our Shop London Secrets competition on Facebook, where we would like to see your photos of London’s best shopping secrets. The winner will receive the ultimate shopper’s super prize to share with four friends. For more information about the competition and details of how to enter, click here.

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London Shopping news: London Fashion Weekend, The Cambridge Satchel Company, Jack French London, Pop, Divine Chocolate Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:53:06 +0000

As London Fashion Week draws to a close, the spectacular Somerset House will morph into a giant shopping extravaganza for London Fashion Weekend (21-24 Feb). You can experience the buzz of the city’s biggest week of fashion by enjoying glamorous catwalk shows, insider talks and pop-up designer sales. The event is a shopaholic’s dream with more than 100 British designers selling one-off pieces, as well as their spring/summer 2013 collections at heavily discounted prices. Don’t leave without nabbing your free Radley bag! Tickets from £15.50.

Speaking of bags, The Cambridge Satchel Company has opened up its first-ever stand-alone store in Seven Dials, Covent Garden. Located at 15 Shorts Gardens, the former pop-up store offers quirky leather satchels, inspired by 1970s-style satchels, in an eye-popping array of styles and colours. If you want to personalise your bag, you can have your initials embossed on one.

British accessories brand Jack French London has launched a new pop-up shop at St Pancras Station. To celebrate the launch, the brand has created a limited edition St. Pancras bag. The deep-red bag reflects the colour of the station’s pipes, walls and tiles. Open until 13 March.

Are you passionate about popcorn? Then swing by the recently-opened Pop, Europe’s first popcorn boutique in Blenheim Crescent in fashionable Notting Hill, which produces an ever-changing popcorn menu. Forget sweet or salty, customers can munch on popcorn flavoured with orange caramel and chocolate, Bloody Mary, chilli and cheese, and English toffee and sea salt. Pop also sells a selection of cult drinks and sodas from the US, including A&W Root Beer, Vanilla Coke and Grape Soda.

If like me, you have a sweet tooth, Divine Chocolate is celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight with a pop-up shop in Seven Dials, Covent Garden (25 Feb-10 Mar). Expect lashings of chocolate to try, including Divine’s Easter range and new chocolate bar flavours, as well as a photography exhibition, Azonto Ghanaian dance lessons and the chance to meet some cocoa farmers.

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What’s On This Weekend: 22-24 February 2013 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 08:30:50 +0000 Sparkle is definitely a theme in the city this weekend, not least because the glitzy London Fashion Weekend will be descending on Somerset House! You can also watch snow sparkle under film-makers’ lights, admire the glittering elegance of the UK’s best-loved ballroom dancers, or check out the spangly superhero costumes down at ExCeL.

Vodafone London Fashion Weekend at Somerset House Anyone who longs to be part of the London Fashion Week action will love the Vodafone London Fashion Weekend, a stylish consumer event that takes place just after London Fashion Week itself. Set against the stunning backdrop of Somerset House, the four-day event offers catwalk shows, lectures and – of course – exclusive shopping opportunities. Tickets start from £15.50.21-24 Feb 

The London Super Comic Convention at ExCeL

A must for comic book fans, the London Super Comic Convention is the largest event of its kind in the UK. Exhibitors come from across the globe to display the latest in comics and comic memorabilia, whilst many of the world’s most famous comic creators will be on site to meet fans and sign autographs. Tickets start from £17.50. 23-24 Feb

Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour at the Union Chapel

Temperatures are plummeting in Islington this weekend, as the Banff Mountain Film Festival tour skis in to the Union Chapel. The festival is one of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world, and celebrates adventure, human endurance and the great outdoors through the medium of film. The London screenings allow you to see the festival’s best short films and share in a world of high octane action, beautiful vistas and remote cultures without leaving the (comparative) warmth of Islington. Screenings vary depending on the evening and tickets are £13.50. 21 Feb-1 Mar

Chinese New Year Celebrations at the National Maritime Museum

Discover British East Asian heritage and how the sea aided the flow of ideas from Asia to Britain at the National Maritime Museum, which is hosting a day of free Chinese New Year celebrations. From 11am to 4pm, both adults and children can enjoy themed workshops, music and performances that celebrate the Year of the Snake and highlight the influence of Oriental culture on the UK. 23 Feb

Anton & Erin Go To Hollywood at The Barbican

Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag, stars of the enduringly popular Strictly Come Dancing, are bringing a dash of glamour to the Barbican this Saturday. The twinkle-toed pair are dancing in a new show that pays homage to classic MGM musicals such as Gigi. Featuring a 25-piece orchestra, memorable songs and show-stopping choreography, this is guaranteed to put a spring in your step. Tickets start from £19.50 and there are two performances to choose from. 23 Feb

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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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What’s On in London This Weekend: 21-23 September 2012 Thu, 20 Sep 2012 12:00:47 +0000

This weekend is a perfect example of the diversity of the capital’s event scene – whether you’re fashion-obsessed, love to bake, want to poke around top London buildings or just fancy reading a good art book, make room in your diary for something on this list.

Open House London

See London’s landmarks from the inside this weekend as Open House London grants access to buildings that are usually closed to the public. Nearly 800 buildings are taking part, such as The Granary Building, pictured above, and the Grade I-listed Italianate building which is home to the Foreign Office. At the other end of the design spectrum, visit the top of the elliptical glass tower at 30 St Mary Axe, which you probably know as the Gherkin. 22-23 Sep

London Fashion Weekend at Somerset House

If you can’t resist a designer label, London Fashion Weekend is a money saver, not to mention an indulgence. Cut-price fashion at up to 70% off is on show at Somerset House, days after the venue was open to fashion industry elite for London Fashion Week. If you opt for a ticket that includes catwalk shows, you can choose from those which focus on a single line like Issa London or ALICE by Temperley, or trend shows examining three key looks for the Autumn/Winter season: Sergeant Indigo, Lady Brocade and Kitchen Chic. 20 – 23 Sep

Cake and Bake Show at Earls Court

Talking of kitchen chic – this new show dedicated to cakes, bread, Mary Berry and all things baking is such a great idea we can’t imagine why someone didn’t come up with it sooner. Earls Court will be the delicious setting for The Cake and Bake Show’s classes and talks with baking luminaries, including Berry and her co-judge on the Great British Bake Off, Paul Hollywood. There are also hundreds of market stalls, a supplier zone where you can pick up the latest kitchen gadgets and a kids area to get little chefs baking. Online tickets are sold out but there will be some on the door on Saturday. 22 – 23 Sep

The London Art Book Fair at Whitechapel Gallery

Be it books, magazines or rare art publications, the London Art Book Fair will bring the best of international contemporary art publishing to the Whitechapel Gallery. Books range from individual artist’s work to gallery collections, and the free entry lets you attend the buzzing programme of events (the talks on commissioning contemporary art and the position of women in comic books look particularlyworthwhile).  As you browse, you could have your photograph taken by artist Sophie Loss to become part of her new artwork, On Reflection. 21-23 Sep

Do you know of an event that should be on our list? Comment below to let us know.

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