The fashionistas converge on Somerset House this Friday for another frenetic week showcasing what we should be wearing in spring-summer 2012. Will the Olympics influence colour schemes? Might the sporting look prevail? Or do the fashion set not give a monkeys 'bout such things? We shall see.
Our snappers will infiltrate a selection of shows including: Royal College of Art graduate, Christopher Raeburn whose ethical 'Remade in England' label is produced in East London, Zoe Jordan - one half of Irwin & Jordan who 'pay homage to the London girl' - (also, daughter of Eddie), Central St Martin grads XO and J JS Lee, 'Londoner of Heart' Francesca Marotta, London College of Fashion alumnus Lako Bukia and Jacob Kimmie, whose show wowed us with wax hunks in February.
Of course you can't get into any of this unless you're BFC accredited, although people-watching round Somerset House is fun if you're passing. But watch out for these LFW inspired events around town:
- Regenerate Japan is a project that combines an installation with a charity pop-up store for the Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal at Reading Room gallery, Frith Street. Open 10am-10pm, Friday 16-Sunday 18 September - NB you'll have to take your shoes off at the door.
- Topshop Oxford Circus will be screening catwalk shows live instore and hosting a series of 'fashion insider' talks. Get to Topshop Knightsbridge on Monday and Tuesday and you could get some free new season nail art.
- Westfield Stratford City is making the most of its September opening with a 'fashion festival' (you can buy clothes there) and the Look magazine catwalk show on Saturday.
- London College of Fashion is hosting a pop-up shop in Kingly Court, Carnaby Street selling work by recent graduates and more well known alumna, all limited edition and signed by the designer. Prices start from £5.
- The May Fair Hotel has created The Pout cocktail for London Fashion Week but if you can't afford to stay there, or buy it at the bar, they've kindly blogged the recipe.
- Shun high end fashion and go for rummaging around in vintage, jumble and carboot sales: Try Capital Carboot in Pimlico on Sunday, also on Sunday - the pop-up vintage fair in Hampstead Town Hall or go to the vintage fashion show at Scooter Caffe on Tuesday.
- Once the industry daahlings have departed, London Fashion Weekend opens up Somerset House to the public with a designer shopping weekend. You can buy tickets just to shop in timed slots (£15-16), or to shop-have-a-goody-bag-and-see-a-catwalk-show (£28.50+).
- That same weekend, you can shop for a snip at the Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair.
We'll also be out shooting street style so please add your photographs to the Londonist Flickrpool, tagged London Fashion Week.