Time to put down the flags because they don’t match your outfit. Yes, London Fashion Week is back with its Spring/Summer 2013 collections and catwalk shows. Most of it’s industry only but there’s a clutch bag full of fashionable happenings you style-inclined Londoners can flock to.
Carnaby Style Night gets you in the mood with a shopping night of special offers, pop up bar, pop up GQ shop, DJs and a bunch of Jaguar cars on Thursday 13 September from 5-9pm.
London Fashion Week is based mainly at Somerset House from Friday 14 to Tuesday 18 September. If you want to rub shoulder pads with or photography glam people, check the SS13 schedules – there are plenty of venues to loiter around, like Brewer Street car park, RIBA, Topshop Space in Bedford Square, the Royal Courts of Justice, Freemasons’ Hall and Goldsmiths’ Hall. NB Gone is the extra menswear day tacked on the end as men now have their own show.
The Pop Up Vintage Fair purveys a wide range of ladies and menswear, both designer and affordable, vintage jewellery, accessories and haberdashery between 11am-5pm at Old Spitalfields Market (free entry).
Retrospective is a new fashion party from Bourne and Hollingsworth promising a Vintage Fashion Show and floorshows representing fashion through the ages plus DJs, dancing and cocktails on Saturday 15 September at Bloomsbury Ballroom (tickets £30/£20).
The Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair opens its doors on Sunday 16 September from 11am-5pm at Old Finsbury Town Hall, Rosebery Avenue EC1.
Designer Sales UK throw a one-day flash sample sale of designer labels and vintage with up to 90% off retail prices on Wednesday 19th September at Mayfair Music Rooms from noon till 8pm (VIP fast-track tickets £25, normal entry £2/£1).
The charity Designer Jumble Sale flogs pre-worn, vintage and new designer womenswear and accessories with up to 90% off the original price on Wednesday 19 September from 12-8pm and Thursday 20 September from 10am-2pm at Annunciation Church, Marble Arch W1H 7AH.
London Fashion Weekend is for serious style shoppers. Following hot on the very high heels of the Fashion Week trade exhibition, Somerset House is packed with designer bargains, catwalk shows and retail-oriented partying with tickets from £16.50 (shopping only) to £120 for the VIP experience from Thursday 20 – Sunday 23 September.
Vintage Rocks The Boogaloo in Highgate on Thursday 20 September with the Rock Candy vintage boutique, catwalk show and live music from 7pm-1am. Tickets £3 – reserve yours.
Throughout September the finalists and winners of the London Look photo challenge are on show at the Horniman Museum, alongside the Body Adorned exhibition (free).
London Design festival begins on 14 September too, so check out their bewilderingly vast programme of exhibitions and events across town until 23 September.