LFW All-Access Pass: The Shows, The Parties, The Designers!

London Fashion Week kicks off in 24 hours. So, what to look forward to, you ask? Lots!
From the most exclusive runway shows (hello, Christopher Kane!) to cult high-street store openings and a Grammy-worthy celebrity fashion collab (spoiler alert: it's RiRi), there is plenty in store to get you excited about the season ahead. And you are coming along for every single moment of the wild ride ahead. Brace yourself.
Girls On Film!
It’s the second year for Fash/On, the British Fashion Council's initiative with high-street wunderkinds River Island. The aim is to support film in the fashion industry, and tomorrow night, it all comes together in the glittering halls of Somerset House with a screening of a film shot by director Alex Turvey. This film focuses on the collection up-and-coming British designer Georgia Hardinge created for River Island's Design Forum. The dresses are living works of art with red carpet status. And we can’t wait to see them on the silver screen.
Prints On Parade
Peter Pilotto’s autumn/winter show is bound to delight us with its sheer graphic splendor. The printastic duo has been taking its designs into a sharper, more tailored zone of late — and we can’t wait to see what the next phase will be.
The Golden Ticket
The hot ticket this season is Christopher Kane. Ever since his brand was acquired by PPR, all eyes have been peeled to see his cult label's next steps. It’s a hard one to call; the Scottish designer has consistently confounded and delighted us with his neon knits, embroidered leather, and laser-print creations. Watch this space.
Photo: Courtesy of Christopher Kane; Whistles; River Island
Colour Me Beautiful
Roksanda Ilincic is one of the most stylish women in town. Seriously, her look is faultless. From her signature colour-pop lips to her flowing hair and mid-length dresses, she’s the walking embodiment of the label that carries her name. The brand has cultivated an avid following of women looking for a different approach to cocktail dressing. No wonder she’s chosen the Savoy as the venue for next Tuesday's showcase. How very decadent.
Raise A Glass To Rihanna
The wait is almost over. The Rihanna for River Island collection will be officially launched at 9 p.m. this Saturday — with a party to follow immediately after the show. RiRi has already been seen out and about in a jumpsuit from the collection, but we can’t wait to see the whole collection fully realized. Oh and you know that the party is going to be off the charts. We promise to share the pics with you.
Hello, Fashion Street!
Dover Street is fast acquiring a reputation for fashion excellence with Rei Kawakubo’s Dover Street Market, Acne, Christian Louboutin, and John Rocha all calling it home. Now it’s Whistles' turn. This Monday, the effortlessly cool label celebrates its latest store opening. A favourite amongst the fashion jet-set, we can’t wait to see who we get to rub shoulders with at the show.
Talking Shop
Grazia and Matches have joined forces to cover all of the London shows as and when they happen. Calling themselves House of Grazia at No.23 (it's where Matches is based), they'll host talks from industry experts as well as friends like, oh you know, Henry Holland and Jonathan Saunders. The events are strictly invite only (sorry about that) but we’ll let you know what goes down.
Pit Stop
The timing could not be better. Balthazar London is opening this Saturday! The most anticipated restaurant launch of 2013 is situated in Covent Garden on the corner of Russell and Wellington streets. Amidst all of the fashion festivities, we will need to sit down and eat every once in a while, and we can’t think of a better place to refuel than there.
Photo: Courtesy of Matches fashion; Roksanda Ilincic; River Island

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