Yes it’s almost upon us… London Fashion Week
, the celebrated biannual extravaganza that is British Fashion... As of the 19th of February the fashion world will be looking ahead to Autumn Winter 2016 with a wealth of events across the capital, luckily for those of you further afield, the organisers have put their all into making this the most accessible fashion week yet. That means screening it to more than 35million people across the country (in a collaboration with Ocean) via 60 outside screens across the United Kingdom, running from 15th - 23rd February, 2016.
That’s: Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle as well as around London at Canary Wharf, Holland Park roundabout, Two Towers West (on the A4/M4 between London and Heathrow) and Westfield.
Caroline Rush CBE, CEO, British Fashion Council
said, ‘Collaborating with Ocean Outdoor means that we are able to bring British talent and London Fashion Week to more people than ever before. At a time when many conversations are taking place around connecting fashion weeks with consumers, this is a perfect opportunity to reach both new and existing fashion fans throughout the UK.’
Ocean CEO Tim Bleakley
said ‘Our partnership with the British Fashion Council builds on previous London Fashion Week innovations which allowed us to present the UK's first shoppable billboard in association with Twitter and Topshop and broadcast the AW15 Hunter Original London Fashion Week show across The Grid. This new venture amplifies the attention afforded by London Fashion Week, allowing designers and brands to reach significantly wider audiences across the Ocean portfolio.’
As well as the collaboration with Ocean Outdoor the BFC today announced a public programme of events that will run alongside London Fashion Week. Here without further ado are all the resources you could possibly need to scour the web, research who’s showing and where, plug into live streaming, the best offers and generally make yourself as time efficient as possible - because let us tell you - there’s a lot to get through.
LONDON FASHION WEEKEND
This season Emilia Wickstead, Holly Fulton, Mary Katrantzou and Temperley London will present their SS16 collections at London Fashion Weekend, the bi-annual consumer event taking place at the Saatchi Gallery across the four days. Alongside shopping opportunities from over 150 brands there will also be a talk series featuring fashion designers Charlotte Dellal of Charlotte Olympia, Emilia Wickstead, Katharine Hamnett, Nicholas Kirkwood and Pam Hogg; celebrity stylist William Baker; singer-songwriter and record producer, Róisín Murphy; and founder of Premier Models, Carole White. For more information and to buy tickets visit: londonfashionweekend.co.uk
INTERNATIONAL FASHION SHOWCASE
The British Council and the British Fashion Council will present work by emerging fashion designers from 24 countries in an exhibition entitled ‘Fashion Utopias’ at Somerset House. The exhibition is the fifth edition of the annual International Fashion Showcase (IFS) and is open to the public throughout London Fashion Week. For more information and to register for free admission visit: design.britishcouncil.org/projects/ifs/ifs-2016
THE LFW DAILY
The Daily is London Fashion Week’s very own pop-up broadsheet; 50,000 copies are distributed each day at LFW around London. Past contributors and writers have included Alexandra Fury, Julie Verhoeven, Sarah Bailey, Sarah Mower MBE, Susie Lau, Tamsin Blanchard and Tanya Ling. For more information and fashion week updates visit: lfwdaily.com
AROUND THE UK
Win tickets to LFW with Sunglass Hut
: Sunglass Hut has also partnered with seven London tastemakers - Alex Brownsell, Angela Scanlon, Bella Howard, Chelsea Leyland, Dua Lipa, Phoebe Collings James and Sharmadean Reid - to give consumers an insight into the world of London Fashion Week. Between 8th and 14th February visit one of seven London Sunglass Hut stores for the chance to win tickets to LFW. Full details on sunglasshut.com/uk
London Fashion Week Talk Series Presented by American Express
: This season’s LFW Talk Series is open to the public and features interviews with some of fashion’s biggest names including Gareth Pugh, Luis Venegas and Sølve Sundsbø at the Century Club. Tickets will go live on Billetto soon.
Live Streaming at LFW
: The BFC will once again be live streaming the LFW catwalk shows. To watch please visit: londonfashionweek.com/live
and click here for the show schedule: londonfashionweek.com/schedule
Topshop’s NEWGEN podcast
: Each of this season’s NEWGEN designers will talk through their collections and inspirations for this season in a podcast created by Topshop. The podcast will be available to listen to at the NEWGEN installation in the Designer Showrooms at Brewer Street Car Park and also available for the public to listen to online at the Topshop LFW hub: topshop.com/lfw
The May Fair LFW Afternoon Tea
: The May Fair hotel will be celebrating London Fashion Week with a new cocktail collection which will be on sale at the May Fair Bar from 19th - 29th February and an afternoon tea at the May Fair Kitchen priced between £35 and £45 per person. For more information visit: themayfairhotel.co.uk
Tattoo London, The Museum of London
: The Museum of London is holding a free exhibition on tattooing in London’s long and rich history. The exhibition is part of the yearlong celebration of #PunkLondon. For more information visit: museumoflondon.org.uk
Fashion to dye for - a colourful history of Killerton’s dress collection
: The National Trust will be holding an exhibition at Killerton House in Devon looking at the origins, status and function of colours and dyes and featuring pieces from a 1950’s red silk gown said to have belonged to Princess Margaret to 1970’s blue denim jackets and flares. The exhibition opens on the second day of LFW, for more information visit: nationaltrust.org.uk/killerton
Avedon Warhol at the Gagosian Gallery
: Iconic images by both Andy Warhol and Richard Avedon will go on show in the first major pairing of two of the most significant artists of the 20th century. For more information visit: gagosian.com/exhibitions
M&S & Alexa Chung collaboration
: Alexa Chung has worked with Marks & Spencer to bring together a carefully curated collection bringing M&S archive pieces back to life. The 31 piece collection will be previewed at LFW and will then be available in selected stores in April and online at marksandspencer.com
Fashion Rules: Restyled
: The new exhibition at Kensington Palace, opening on 11th February, features royal-owned couture pieces from Bruce Oldfield, Catherine Walker, Hardy Amies and Norman Hartnell. For more information visit: www.hrp.org.uk/kensington-palace
And last but certainly not least don’t forget that Zoolander 2
: The sequel to the American comedy hit, Zoolander, makes its worldwide premier on 12th February. As Zoolander himself says 'I guess I have a lot of things to ponder.'
12 February 2016