12 Things To Do During London Fashion Week AW 2016

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12 Things To Do During London Fashion Week AW 2016

It's that time of the year again: London Fashion Week is almost here. As we all know, access to the super glam events and catwalks is largely restricted to fashion industry insiders — but this doesn't mean you can't have lots of fashion-related fun. Here are 12 LFW-related events you should consider, most of them under a tenner.

Join a pop-up vintage fair at Spitalfields Market this Saturday. More details below

NEW TALENTS
London College of Fashion presents its annual student show, LCFMA16 exhibition, featuring works made by students from the Graduate School courses. Fashion fuses with visual arts including film and photography. Free entry, 17-20 February

WORKSHOPS
Fashion & Textile Museum offers a series of workshops connected to their current exhibition Liberty in Fashion. Try Draw Like a Designer and sharpen up your skills as a fashion creative (£10, prebook, 17 February at 11.30am or 2pm) or join Learn to Sew and make your own creation from beautiful Liberty fabrics (£15, prebook, 19 February at 11.30am or 2pm).

FREE EXHIBITION
The famous London-based milliner Victoria Grant presents an exclusive exhibition displaying her best hat creations at Hotel Café Royal in Regent Street. Her most famous clients include Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Dita Von Teese and Cara Delevingne. Free, just turn up, 17 February-1 March

VOGUE 100
True fashion lovers won't want to miss National Portrait Gallery's blockbuster exhibition Vogue 100: A Century of Style. A series of stunning pictures and visual material reconstruct the first centenary of one of the world's most influential magazines. £17.50/£15.50, prebook, open now until 22 May

HISTORY OF FASHION
This free talk organised by the V&A will introduce you to fashion in Europe between 1600-1815. Admire the unique pieces exhibited in the Fashion Gallery while learning about the use of materials at the time such as cotton, wool and silk. Free, just turn up, 18 February at 1pm

INTERNATIONAL FASHION SHOWCASE
British Fashion Council's annual fashion showcase open to the public sees emerging designers from 24 countries exhibiting their collections at Somerset House. This year's theme is Utopia. Free, prebook, 17-23 January

Dream of taking a selfie with Anna Wintour? Now you can at Madame Tussauds. Details below

BEYOND RETRO
East London's vintage store Beyond Retro is organising a huge Ggarage sale this weekend, selling over 5,000 original and authentic vintage items at discounted price. The sale is taking place close to their Dalston store. Free, just turn up, 19-21 February

FINISHING TOUCHES
W London Hotel has organised a series of beauty and style fixes throughout Fashion Week — all complimentary if you have a drink at the bar. Finishing Touches will feature express manicure, stylist tips, lipstick touch up and more — see the whole programme on the website. Free, just turn up, 19-21 February

MADAME TUSSAUDS FASHION EXPERIENCE
London's emporium of wax has launched a behind-the-scenes fashion experience for LFW. Mingle with Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner and Anna Wintour — plus, get the chance to bring home some fashion goodies from LFW's main sponsors. £23.80, prebook, open now until 21 February

VINTAGE FAIR
Like vintage? Find the perfect outfit at this pop-up vintage fair at Spitalfields Market this Saturday. There will be a bit of everything including clothes, jewellery, accessories and a beauty parlour and tea room. Free, just turn up, 20 February from 11am-5pm

DESIGNER CACHEMERE SALE
Spring might be behind the corner but February is being freezing cold! Why not get some luxurious cashmere for less, then? Book your space at this William Sharp Super Sale and get some fluffy gloves, scarves and jumpers for less. Free, prebook needed, 18 February from noon-6pm & 19 February from 10am-6pm

LONDON FASHION WEEKEND
Once the sparkle of London Fashion Week has gone, style-addicted Londoners can meet up at Saatchi Gallery again for London Fashion Weekend — the bit that allows the public in for a taste of LFW with catwalk shows, discount designer shopping, beauty pampering sessions and industry talks. Londonist readers get an exclusive 20% off their tickets by quoting the code LONDONIST at checkout. Tickets start from £20, 25-28 February

London Fashion Week takes place around London, 18-25 February

Last Updated 17 February 2016

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