Banish winter-weather blues with pretty jumpers from the first spring collections, says Gemma Hayward
Snuggly, squishy and suddenly cool again. You'll be glad of all that padding when the temperature drops, says cosy convert Harriet Walker
My work life has got a bit glamorous lately. Well, the last three days anyway. My week started by being whisked off to Milan to attend a party thrown by Dodo, the Italian jewellery company. I then flew straight to Edinburgh for Chanel's unbelievably lavish Métier d'Art show (I'm still not sure if that really happened? It was dream-like). Then finally it was back to London for two pressing Italian engagements: Christmas drinks hosted by Dolce & Gabbana, and later on that evening, a candlelit supper in Burlington Arcade with Salvatore Ferragamo.
Styling: Gemma Hayward
Two years after the designer's death, Sarah Burton's McQ makes its runway debut. Fashion Editor Susannah Frankel reports
If London is still predominantly famous for its fledgling names, the exception that proves the rule is Burberry, a globally recognised international brand with the money and power behind it to match.
Top names go back to their roots in quest to discover next generation of designers
Christopher Kane was born in 1982. In 2000, he moved from the Scottish village of Newarthill to London where he studied womenswear at Central Saint Martins. Kane trained with Giles Deacon and Russell Sage before setting up his own label when he graduated in 2006. In 2007 he was awarded New Designer of The Year at the British Fashion Awards. Kane has designed a taxi 'wrap' for Vodafone London taxis (in which customers can pay via their mobiles). He lives in Dalston, London, with his partner
He's been taking inspiration from SodaStreams, and Christopher Kane's prospects certainly couldn't be fizzier: having scooped the British Fashion Council's annual Fashion Fund award, the Scottish prodigy stole the show at London Fashion Week with his granny-chic crochet knits and sequinned sheer dresses adorned with liquid-filled plastic detailing. And lest anyone forget he has the commercial instinct to match his creative nous, today sees the Milan launch of his latest collection for Versace's revitalised diffusion line Versus – kan-ing it, indeed.
London Fashion Week, famed for its youthful talent, has launched the careers of everyone from Rifat Ozbek to John Galliano and from Hussein Chalayan to Alexander McQueen.
The Christmas sales are close at hand, but don't brave the crowds without doing your homework first. Harriet Walker reports
The big story for the forthcoming season may be the wearing of full-on colour – blocked, printed, tone-on-tone, whatever – but only a few dipped their toes into that particular water at last week's British Fashion Awards.
The message from the autumn/winter shows? Bushy is best
From glam rock to grunge, Susannah Frankel rounds up the very best of the capital's fashion week – and discovers a bold new mood of fun and femininity
Something you'll find in greater supply at London Fashion Week than at the other such events is humour, and Cumbrian-born designer Giles Deacon has it in spades.
With Fashion Week kicking off in the capital on Friday, Harriet Walker rounds up the best venues, the hottest parties and discovers how the fashion pack survive