London Fashion Week – September 2019

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London was buzzing with London Fashion Week last month, which took place between 13th and 17th September. And once again we have put together a photographic collection of what some of the fashion designers had on display this autumn as they showed off their latest spring and summer 2020 collections, creativity and brands here in the capital.

For the first time, this autumn’s London Fashion Week was extended to be a City Wide Celebration of activations and events created by the BFC (British Fashion Council), working together with key retailers, brands, partners and cultural institutions in an effort to get the local London communities engaged and encouraging them to get involved in London Fashion Week.

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A schedule of over 66 brands, some 74 stores and 170 events took place between Friday 13th and Tuesday 17th September. The schedule was an extension of London Fashion Week but is the first time that the doors have been open to the general public at the main LFW hub, which was at The Store X, 180 Strand.

Members of the public got the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at The Store X and see what goes into creating a successful event, which included Designer Catwalks, Creative Installations, the discoveryLAB, which is an experiential space where fashion meets art, technology and music. There was also a #PositiveFashion Designer Exhibition, where the creative work of progressive designers explored the most compelling stories around sustainability, the community and ethics.

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Some of the catwalk shows included ALEXACHUNG, House Of Holland and self-portrait. There were also Industry talks from the likes of Tony and Grammy Award winning Entertainer Billy Porter, Henry Holland from House of Holland, InStyle USA Editor-in-Chief Laura Brown, Laura Weir, ES Magazine Editor-in-Chief and Lindsay Peoples Wagner, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue.

This is the 11th year that The May Fair Hotel had been the The Official Hotel of London Fashion Week and this autumn British fashion designer Osman Yousefzada introduced a fitting collection of beautifully crafted cocktails, The OSMAN Collection at May Fair Bar.

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Browns celebrated the launch of Peggy Gou’s new brand Kirin with an in-store appearance from the designer and Berlin based South Korean DJ at the retailers East London location, Browns East – 21 Club Row E2.

Burberry put on a London Fashion Week breakfast at its all-day café Thomas’s, located within the Burberry flagship store on 121 Regent Street.

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John Lewis & Partners hosted a series of catwalk shows, AW19 style trend talks and pop-up beauty partnerships in its White City Westfield store. They showcased John Lewis & Partners womenswear as well as AW19 trends from their exclusive own brands.

GAP celebrated all things indigo this LFW, with a unique pop-up space on Soho’s Brewer Street. At Denim Futures, visitors could explore their new limited-edition ranges, including the premium 1969 denim collection, Denim through the Decades and a new collaboration with Atelier & Repairs.

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Mulberry held a series of free workshops for customers at their flagship store on Regent Street throughout LFW, where guests were able to create and take home a bespoke leather bracelet made with offcuts from the Iris bag. And finally, Savile Row celebrated their centenary with the largest and most comprehensive tie collection for Huntsman to date, with over 185 designs sourced from seven separate suppliers, in an effort to come up with a tie for every occasion and were on display in their windows at No.11 Savile Row during London Fashion Week.

Highlights of the show on Day 1 included 16Arlington, Bora Aksu, Dom Sebastian, Fashion East, Felder Felder, Gayeon Lee, Hazzyz By JD.Com, Inc, Jamie Wei Huang, Mark East, Marta Jakubowski, Matty Bovan, Newgen One To Watch: Eftychia, Pam Hogg, Pauila Knorr, Roberta Einer and Temperley London.

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Day 2 feature collections from  A.W.A.K.E Mode, Alice Archer, Dilara Findikoglu, Fashion For Relief, Fyodor Golan, Halpern, House of Holland, Marques’ Almeida, Mimi Wade, Molly Goddard, Ports 1961, Rixo, Roberts | Wood, Sharon Wauchob, Simone Rocha, Stephen Jones Millinery and Toga.

Day 3 saw collections from Anya Hindmarch, Ashisha, Aspinal of London, Chalayan, David Koma, Emilia Wickstead, Margaret Howell, Natasha Zinko X Duo, Osman, Phoebe English, Preen By Thornton Bregazzi, Poland Mouret, Simone Rocha, Underage and Victoria Beckham.

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Fashion Photographer Pietro Recchia

Day 4 featured Burberry, Christopher Kane, Edeline Lee, Erdem, Huishan Zhang, Olivia Rubin, Paul Costelloe, Richard Malone, Richard Quinn, Roksand and Supriya Lele.

Day 5 rounded off LFW with collections from A.W.A.K.E. Mode, Bobby Abley, Charlotte Knowles, DB Berden, Mimi Wade, On|Off Presents… , Pushbutton and Ych.

More information on this year’s events can be found on London Fashion Week’s website: www.londonfashionweek.co.uk

Editorial by Simon Burrell, Editor of Our Man On The Ground and photographs by Pietro Recchia, a London-based photographer specialising in fashion, portraits and luxury events.

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