The Only LFW Checklist You Need To Read

Pop the champagne, people — London Fashion Week is officially here! Allow us to introduce you the shows, parties, and presentations you need to know. From the most sought-after runway shows (hint: Mulberry) to the coolest store openings and limited-edition designer cocktails, we're here to give you the best that London Fashion Week has on tap. So sit back, relax, and let us do all the hard work for you.
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Where's The Party?
Designer fashion store Browns has been kitting out Londoners since 1970, with its little sister Browns Focus acting as the base for the world’s most cutting edge labels. The store has recently undergone a complete refurb and to celebrate, will be throwing its doors open to the fashion crew who knew it way back when. DJ Seb Chew is spinning the tunes, so its bound to be a barn-stormer.
Colour Me Rad
Janina Joffe, founder of East of Mayfair gallery (and the owner of a very stylish wardrobe) has joined forces with Roland Mouret to throw a party celebrating the life and times of fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez. The selling exhibition comprised of unseen work curated by Joffe from Lopez's archives will be available for all to see at Mouret’s townhouse store until October 20th. Make a beeline to see the works of a man who captured the mood and energy of an entire fashion generation.
A Glass Of Bubbly, Anyone?
Lest we forget, food is also an important part of Fashion Week. Thank goodness, then, for J.Sheekey Oyster Bar who is celebrating this important event with a menu fit for any fashion culinary fan. The iconic restaurant has joined forces with Pol Roger to offer half-dozen oysters and a glass of bubbly for just £19.75. This offer runs through Tuesday September 17. We'll see you at the bar.
Shop Till You Drop
For the first time ever, the British Fashion Council have opened a pop-up shop in Somerset House selling AW’13 collections from the best designers in London. Dubbed The Shop, expect accessories, ready-to-wear, and shoes from the likes of Sophia Webster, Markus Lupfer, Prism, Lulu & Co, and Henry Holland. We're considering it our designated resting spot between shows.
Arts & Crafts
Smythson, the last word in cool and sophisticated stationary (how we adore the notebooks) is on the schedule for the first time this year. The brand will be launching its Panama Legacy SS’14 collection, a collaboration with British artist Quentin Jones. The inspiration is drawn from the brand's signature Panama diary, and ten artworks have been commissioned to illustrate high-profile relationships with this tome.
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Photo: Courtesy of Browns; Estate of Antonio Lopez; J.Sheekey.
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Going Places
The Topshop Unique show was one of our LFW highlights last season, so we greet the news of a new location for the show in leafy Regent’s Park with bated breath. It doesn't hurt that the brand's front-row is a Who's Who in the ever-developing landscape of cool, either. Just remember where you’ll hear about it first!
Beat The Clock
Josh Wood Atelier, one of our favourite salons, is giving us editors a helping hand with looking respectable by opening up a pop-up salon at Sketch restaurant. In a mere 45 minutes, our locks will be washed, styled, and blow-dried to perfection — and most importantly, ready to take the rest of LFW in stride.
Bottoms Up!
Can’t afford a Paul Smith shirt? What about a Paul Smith cocktail, then? London’s infamous Met Bar has taken five designers as the inspiration for a limited-edition series of cocktails. Choose between the Quintessential Rock Star, which inspired by Paul Smith and the Cinnamon Spice & All Things Nice, inspired by Matthew Williamson.
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Girls On Film
The Fash/ON Film series is back. The initiative that aims to develop relationships between fashion designers and filmmakers returns with another range of films to whet our sartorial appetites. River Island is sponsoring the event, and will be showcasing its Eudon Choi collaboration with the release of a film devoted to it. Click here to view the teaser video.
Move Over Minnie
Global retailer Matches Fashion has enlisted London designer David Longshawe to celebrate London Fashion Week and the re-launch of its print title, The Style Report. The designer is famous for his illustrated fashion characters, one of which, Maude the mouse and editor-in-chief of online magazine Maudezine will be attending LFW for the brand, as well as appearing in three specially commissioned window displays for the brand’s central London stores.
Storm In A Teacup
Ah, Mulberry, let us count the ways we can't wait for your upcoming show: There’s the outlandish set designs; the incredible accessories; and let’s not forget the white-hot, front-row fixtures who are ever in attendance. The brand partnered with Wedgewood to create the SS’14 invitation, which took the form of a teeny-tiny cup and saucer in traditional Wedgewood blue. Almost too cute to look at.
Photo: Courtesy of Topshop; Met Bar; Josh Wood Atelier.
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