10 ways to get involved in London Fashion Week

10 ways to get involved in London Fashion Week

Don’t have those elusive front tickets? There’s still plenty to do at LFW

The 18 to 22 of September marks the biggest event in the womenswear calendar. But while the peacocks and the press flit between shows, there are still plenty of opportunities for us civilians to get in on the action. From displays to documentaries here are 10 ideas to get you started




Watch

This season members of the public can watch live streams of the SS16 catwalk shows along with fashion films and digital presentations from Hunter, McQ Alexander McQueen and Vogue. Highlights and celebrity interviews will also be featured.  18-22th September Golden Square, Soho



Shop

Sunglasses Hut and Gareth Pugh have teamed up to create this season’s official LFW tote bags. The bags will feature Pugh’s take on punk, coinciding with Sunglasses Hut’s ‘Punk it Up’ campaign starring Georgia May Jagger. Head to Sunglasses Hut’s pop-up shop at Golden Square to get your hands on a pair. 
18-22th September Golden Square, Soho




Listen

Peter Pilotto and Zandra Rhodes are among some of the guest speakers at this years London Fashion Week Talk Series presented by American Express. The Conde Nast College will host the discussions across the weekend with highlights including ‘Fashion Photography - Then And Now’ and ‘Craft and Creativity In A Digital World’. 
18 - 22th September Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design, W1D 4DR





Watch

This season’s fashion film sponsored by River Island will give the general public the rare opportunity to mingle with the fashion scrum at the Brewer Street Car Park - The official Fashion Week show space. Tickets are free and available via @riverisland on Instagram and the River Island Style Insider blog.
20th September, 15.00 - 16.30,  Brewer Street Car Park 




Explore

Drawing fashion inspiration from unlikely places, Minnie: Style Icon looks at everyone’s favourite mouse and her influence on fashion and pop culture. The exhibition will include photographs, archive imagery, sketches, celebrity portraits and fashion spreads, from as far back as the 1930s to the present day.
19- 20th September, Black Members Club W1D 4QH T




Visit

Queen of accessories Anya Hindmarch will be replicating the M25 in Selfridges car park to celebrate her current AW15 collection. Shoppers can buy pieces from the collection at the service station pop-up as well as other novelty car-related gifts.  18 - 22th September. Selfridges  W1A 1AB.




Splurge

To mark the occasion both Harrods and Liberty will be showing their support of local fashion, displaying a selection of some of the best London Fashion Week collections, available to shop throughout LFW. 
18 - 22th September. harrods.com / liberty.co.uk




Eat

 As an official partner of LFW, it’s unsurprising that The May Fair Hotel make more than a notable effort during London Fashion Week. A five star hotel in the heart of Mayfair, the hotel offers guests some much needed sanctuary from the madness of Brewer Street. To celebrate LFW, the May Fair will be serving a bespoke ‘London Fashion Week SS16 Afternoon Tea’ complete with obligatory glass of champers. Hotel lobby windows will undergo a fashion makeover, adorned with designs from Gareth Pugh – the May Fair’s most recent collaborator, who follows in the footsteps of fellow designers Anya Hindmarch, Manolo Blahnik, Nicholas Kirkwood and Sophia Webster. The May Fair Hotel  W1J 8LT



Discover

In recognition of London Fashion Week’s move to Soho, SohoCreate, Picturehouse Central and Atelier Millinery present a special screening of Ari Seth Cohen’s ‘Advanced Style’; an empowering documentary that follows seven bombastic, independent, stylish women whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to ageing. SohoCreate Present Advanced Style Monday 21st September 2015,  
W1D 7DH  £5 - £8



Chill

 BBC iPlayer takes fashion to the next level with a series of three exclusive programmes featuring model Abbey Clancy, singer Lianne La Havas and fashion vlogger Grace Victory. With unprecedented access to LFW, BBC iPlayer will give audiences a unique insight into the UK’s most important fashion event. Watch online  BBC iPlayer This September.

  • Words: Rebecca Parker