It's London Fashion Week: 5 things to look out for

20th Feb 18 | Beauty

Get ready for LFW with these top talking points.

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Expect to see a whole lot of people wearing apparently fashionable ugly trainers this weekend, because it’s that time of year again – London Fashion Week.


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From February 16 to February 20, big names like Erdem and Burberry will be showing their highly anticipated AW18 collections, as well as some lesser known designers like Steven Tai and Rejina Pyo.

Even if you’re not going to be perched on the Frow for this fashion extravaganza, there’s still a whole lot to talk about.

Here are the key things you need to know before models hit the catwalk in London.

1. The shows to watch out for

Molly Goddard showMolly Goddard will once again bring her edgy fashion to London (Ian West/PA)

There are some constants on the fashion week calendar that the fashion crowd always gets excited for – like Burberry, Mulberry and Erdem.

However, what’s great about London is the sheer amount of exciting and diverse designers on show, that aren’t particularly conventional. Fashion East is a particularly good one to keep an eye on – it champions emerging designers and showcases their work during fashion week.

AshishDon’t expect anything low-key from Ashish (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

Other relatively new designers to get excited for include Ashley Williams and Molly Goddard. Also, start following Ashish on Instagram if you want to stay up to date with his glittery antics ahead of his Sunday show.

2. The big finale

Christopher BaileyChristopher Bailey’s shows with Burberry have been a highlight of fashion week for 17 years (Matt Crossick/PA)

Whilst there is much to look forward to, one show will be bittersweet. Saturday marks Christopher Bailey’s last show at the helm of Burberry, after an impressive 17 years with the fashion house.

Bailey’s legacy with Burberry will be huge; from reintroducing the nova check to his close relationship with stars like Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne, the designer has certainly left his mark.

Burberry catwalkLast season Bailey brought back the iconic nova check print (Isabel Infantes/PA)

It doesn’t look like Bailey will be shying away from serious issues in his last show, which will be a celebration of LGBTQ+ communities. Burberry has unveiled a special version of its iconic tartan with the rainbow pattern weaved throughout, and announced that it will be making substantial donations to various LGBTQ+ charities.

Show-goers will have to have their hankies at the ready for this one.

3. The politics

Models at Prabal GurungModels at Prabal Gurung held white roses to support Time’s Up during NYFW (Andres Kudacki/AP)

New York is the first of the big four to host fashion week, and is a pretty good barometer for what’s to come in London, Milan and Paris.

If the shows in NYC are anything to go by, politics is going to be a huge feature in many of the upcoming collections.

The #MeToo and Time’s Up movements have rocked the globe and sparked conversations around the treatment of women. During New York Fashion Week Brandon Maxwell and Prabal Gurung tackled these issues in their own ways, and it’s highly likely that designers in London will use their collections to give their own perspective.

4. The royals

The Duchess of CambridgeKate will be on hand to welcome the chosen designers (Hannah McKay/PA)

Even royalty is interested in this year’s fashion week, and the Duchess of Cambridge will be hosting the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange Reception at Buckingham Palace on February 19.

This event will showcase work from designers across the Commonwealth’s 53 countries, with an emphasis on sustainability.

Once the designers have their work displayed in the Palace and have met Kate, the public will be able to see the designs at the High Commission of Australia, London, on February 21.

5. The absences

Topshop modelsAfter Topshop’s SS18 collection the brand is now taking a break (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Whilst LFW has a packed schedule, there are still some notable absences.

Topshop won’t be showing a collection this season, which is a shame considering how fun its last show was – it was inspired by the 90s nightlife in Soho, and featured top models like Adwoa Aboah wearing t-shirts emblazoned with their names.

Julien Macdonald on the catwalkJulien Macdonald often features high profile models in his shows, like Winnie Harlow and Alessandra Ambrosio (Isabel Infantes/PA)

However, Topshop isn’t avoiding fashion week entirely, it will still host designers at the Topshop Showspace in Covent Garden, and continues to sponsor Fashion East.

Julien Macdonald and Versus Versace have both also confirmed that they will not be showing in London this year. This really is a shame for fashion fans, as we’ll all be missing out on Macdonald’s unashamed love of glitter and the overt sex appeal of Versus.

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