That time of year has come around again; where the fashionistas of the world gather in London in their best frocks and stylish wears to celebrate the ultimate week in the fashion calendar – London Fashion Week. This year, the much anticipated event will take place between the 15th – 19th September 2017. You may not be sitting front row of all the top runway shows, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take part! This is how to cheat London Fashion Week.
London Fashion Week Festival
The Store Studios, 180 Strand, WC2R
21-24 September 2017
Those of you who love the latest fashion trends won’t want to miss out on the incredible event that is London Fashion Week Festival. Unlike the front row, this is a more accessible experience where all fashionistas can feel included. This is a chance to get a first look at the outfits and accessories of over 150 of the world’s top designers, and to catch the latest trends that will feature on the catwalk before they invade the high-street stores.
At London Fashion Week Festival, you can shop the biggest brand names at fashion’s biggest pop-up store and attend talks from some of the industry’s leading experts! There will be Q&A interviews and panel discussions where you will have the opportunity to pick the brains of your favourite designers. Discover the current line-up and keep an eye out for even more talks to be announced here.
London Alternative Fashion Week
Piccadilly Institute, London Pavilion, Piccadilly Circus, W1V 9LA
21 September 2017
18:00 – 23:00
London Alternative Fashion Week returns to the Piccadilly Institute this month to celebrate young designers and new, experimental fashion. The evening will consist of a walk around body art and ink tour, with many hidden surprises along the way, followed by a runway show displaying the creations of new and amazing talented designers. There will also be performances and comedy acts from some of the very best up and coming talent, having previously performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Alternative Fashion Week is invested in cultivating innovation and experimental ideas. Here there is no pressure of money or material success; instead, enjoy a night of inspiration and self-expression. Don’t miss out, this event only comes round twice a year, so get your tickets for the event online from £18 per person.
Fashion X Art Tastemakers Brunch
112 ST. MARTIN’S LANE, LONDON, WC2N 4BD
16 September 2017
10:00 – 18:30
For only £45, you could attend an exclusive three-course brunch at the LIBRARY private members’ club with four fashion pioneers. The speakers will inspire you with their stories and share their collaborations. Following this, you will experience an art exhibition and designer sample sale. This event aims to celebrate the exciting collaborations between the fashion industry and the art world.
London Queer Fashion Show
Hackney Showroom, Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT
20 September 2017
18:00 – 21:00
For something a little less mainstream, head to London Queer Fashion Show for a spectacle of rebellious fashion. LQFS exhibits clothing from artists who, rather than following the latest trends, create their own. They do not allow their work to be confined by gender conventions but instead create fashion as a form of self-expression. LQFS is all about celebrating and reflecting the diversity within the community, helping to break down gender norms and show that ‘the queer community follows no rules’.
The show will feature the upcoming collections from eight of London’s most anticipated designers, including Jack Goode, Ingrid Kraftchenko and Ben Copperwheat. Before the show, there will even be a chance for you to meet them and discuss their latest work and inspirations.
If that wasn’t enough to get you excited, there will be an after party at The London Fields Brewery with show stopping performances and live art. Get your tickets now before it sells out!
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#SWAAF Streetwear & Athleisure Festival 2017
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QR
15 – 16 September 2017
11:00 – 20:00
For those of you whose style is less high-end and more cool and casual, you can still get excited and be a part of London Fashion Week. For two days, #SWAAF will be bringing 20 cool online streetwear brands to life, with the ultimate pop-up event. The very best upcoming designers and UK brands will showcase new season fashion for men and women and you’ll have a chance to get your hands on some limited edition and exclusive items.
There will be a host of live performances to keep you entertained, featuring Fekky, Paigey Cakey, Lord of the Mics, SNE, Floor Sixx, Grime Originals, The Hook-up and The FaNaTiX. We’re also very excited about the appearance from Sky TV’s Fit In 5 with Marvin Ambrosius, a personal trainer from Sky’s Health and Fitness centre.
For gaming, music and fashion fans alike, there will also be a unique big screen tournament as part of ‘VICELAND Big TV experience’ where gamers will be able to play against each other in a bid for the top spot on the leader board. The latest VR headsets will also be on hand for customers to try out, along with classic nostalgic vintage arcade games like Street Fighter 2.
You can get your tickets from £15 per person here.
How will you be taking part in London Fashion Week? Let us know in the comments below!
To keep up with all the latest style, trends and events, follow the official London Fashion Week Twitter account.