Red7 , February 14, 2014
It’s February 14 and love is in the air – but not the kind of love you’re thinking of. Today marks the start of London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014 and stylists, designers, It girls, models, fashion editors, bloggers and FROWers are descending on London and Somerset House for a five-day fashion love-in. Of course, not all of us are lucky enough to have bagged a ticket for this much-awaited celebration of British Fashion.
Don’t despair, you can still give your off-shoulder dresses, statement Ts, low-heeled pumps and soft biker jackets an outing at these nine Best Places to Experience London Fashion Week.
1. British Fashion Council Shop
The British Fashion Council is hosting a pop up shop at Somerset House so fashion-lovers can delve into the treasure trove of spring and summer must-haves during London Fashion Week. Brands to snap up include Bella Freud, Prism, House of Holland and Marcus Lupfer and the shop will also host regular pop up events such as flash sales and guest appearances. It’ll also be a great place to spot famous fashionistas having a browse.
2. Topshop Unique at the Tate Modern
For London Fashion Week A/W 2014, Topshop-hosted wandering Showspace will be the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern on Southbank. The shows kicks off with Topshop’s Unique Collection, followed by Michael Van der Ham, Fashion East, Marques’ Almeida, Meadham Kirchhoff and Simone Rocha. Regular visitors to the museum will be able to watch the set up to the shows and the catwalk shows themselves (if they can squeeze in). The Topshop Unique show will also be live-streamed. Five lucky participants will also get to watch the show from Topshop’s Oxford St flagship store in 3D with special headsets by 3D agency Inition, which will give them a view as if they were sitting on the front row.
3. Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! Exhibition
Another excuse to soak up the fashion-frenzied atmosphere at Somerset House. The exhibition, running until March 2, celebrates the life and wardrobe of late aristocrat and patron of fashion, Isabella Blow and her legendary contributions to fashion and art.
4. London college of MA Fashion Catwalk Show
The catwalk takes place at 10.30am on the first day of London Fashion Week, but the collections will be on display for the public every day of the week in the Victoria House Basement on Bloomsbury Square. Head over to be inspired by the next generation of fashion designers.
5. Swap Catwalk
Taking place on Saturday at St. James Clerkenwell, the Swap Catwalk run by Swap Amok, allows fashion fans to swap their designer threads for new ones without the hefty price tag. After registering online participants will be given points for their own clothes before hanging them up for display (bring your own hanger) and shopping around with your points for some new designer treasures.
6. Somerset House Fashion Weekend
Once the fashion elite have moved on to Milan Fashion Week, Somerset House will host it’s own Fashion Weekend from February 20-23. Fashion lovers can buy a range of tickets from £20 and enjoy fashion shows, makeovers, exhibitions and lots and lots of pop up shops for the ultimate shopping experience. It’s the perfect place to pick up your spring/summer wardrobe.
7. Be a seat-filler
At the lesser-known shows there are sometimes empty seats that still need to be filled. It’s worth hanging around outside in your most fashionable get up (and do a spot of people watching while you’re at it), as you may be asked to come in and be part of the audience. See the programme for London Fashion Week A/W 2014, here.
8. London Fashion Week Party Bus
Shopcade will be hosting their very own London Fashion Week A/W 2014 party bus! The live TV event will take place from Saturday to Monday from 10am – 4pm on the Strand opposite Somerset House, picking up fashion-lovers for a journey of live DJ sets, free drinks and goodie bags, free make up and styling sessions all hosted by the lovely V V Brown.
9. Watch the catwalk shows live online
The London Fashion Week A/W 2014 fashion shows will be streamed live on http://www.londonfashionweek.co.uk/live.aspx We think it’s perfectly acceptable to dress up and have a glass of bubbly to watch from the sofa.