No tickets for London Fashion Week shows? No need to miss out. This year London has a schedule of exciting events open to the public, from discount shopping and catwalks to free workshops.
So, while renowned press, designers and buyers descend on the capital for the biggest shows of the season, you too can get a piece of the action during London Fashion Week with these events:
We’re geared up with a live stream broadcasting the shows as they happen, bringing you a front row view. However, if you’d prefer to watch the show while shopping with a glass of champagne in hand, then visit Whistles’ new St Pancreas store, which will show it on a big screen, offer drinks, DJ and a complimentary.
September 13, Euston Road, NC 4QP; 6-8pm; whistles.com
Make your own pair of shoes
London College of Fashion will be offering free cobbling workshops to teach you how to make a new pair of shoes. Yes, you read right, free!
Cordwainers at LCF, Golden Lane; EC1Y 0UU; events.arts.ac.uk
The capital’s busiest high-street is bringing LFW to its fashion hungry consumers thanks to British Fashion Council’s CEO Caroline Rush, designers Lulu Guinness and Henry Holland, and TV presenter Laura Whitmore. From Friday 12 September, Oxford Circus will host style seminars, competitions and showcase exclusive clothing collections. Some of the best destinations include Topshop, Coast and Warehouse, who will offer styling sessions, and Gap, who will offer a distressed jean workshop.
Fashion drawing inspiration from the archives
If you want a reprieve from the digital era, then visit the selling exhibition Drawing on Style: Four Decades of Elegance. It opened its doors on Thursday 11 and is showcasing original fashion illustrations from Post War 1940s.
11-16 September, Gallery 8, www.graymca.co.uk
Exclusive BBC iPlayer footage
Go behind the scenes of some of the shows with celebrated London-based blogger Susie Bubble, meet the front row with Abbey Clancy and delve the hottest trends of the season with model Daisy Lowe in a series of three exclusive programmes. bbc.co.uk/soundofstyle
Bored of the ever classic gin & tonic? Give a spin to your cocktails this week and visit The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych, which has created four cocktails inspired in fashion icons: Calvin Klein, Alice Temperley, Moschino and Chanel.
WC2B 4BZ; 4 September to 2 October, Tanqueray carriages from September 11 - 16 from 4pm - 10pm; onealdwych.com
Fittingly, located five-minute walk from Somerset House, home to LFW’s catwalks and showrooms, the ME London Hotel will host a week of fashion excitement opened to the public. See live photo shoots, illustrations and catwalk shows from budding designers. Plus, depending on the weather, head to the hotel’s joyful Radio Rooftop Bar after the show. 11-16 September, ME Hotel.
336-337 The Strand, WC2R 1HA, www.FASHIONatMELONDON.co.uk
London Fashion Weekend
Experience the inside knowledge and style advice from London Fashion Week’s biggest British brands. Pamper yourself at the hair and beauty bars, attend the educational panels, sit on the front row of the catwalk shows presenting the best of autumn/winter 2014 and get your hands on designer clothing and accessories for a bargain. Ticket prices from £20.
Somerset House, www.londonfashionweekend.co.uk
Vogue’s Fashion Night Out
Fashion Night Out is back for the sixth time this year and will take over two of the UK’s largest shopping streets: Oxford Circus and Regent Street. Your favourite stores will be open until late at night and will offer cocktails and tempting discounts. If you were planning go on shopping soon, hold your horses until 23 September.Reuse content