Join Susie Lau and Take the #Secondhandfirst Pledge This Week

#Secondhandfirst Week  was launched by the fashion reuse charity TRAID to celebrate the power of second-hand to change the world by keeping the resources we already have in use for longer. This year, it runs from 23 – 28 November. Take TRAID’s #SECONDHANDFIRST Pledge and let them know what percentage of … Continue reading


Fashion Revolution Day: the Vintage #Haulternative

With UK shoppers throwing away enough clothing to fill Wembley Stadium each year, our attitude towards fashion needs to change.  Fast fashion means that we can buy what we want and discard it with equal abandon.  New collections come and go so quickly that I don’t have time to fall in … Continue reading

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Who Made My T-Shirt in the Who Made My Clothes Video?

This week I made a video about How to Join the Fashion Revolution. To demonstrate how to take a selfie showing your label, I wore my favourite T-Shirt with the slogan WE ARE THE SEA.   And then I started wondering: Who made the T-Shirt I was wearing in the video? Where … Continue reading

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Water: Fashion’s Dirty Secret

Today is World Water Day.  Cotton is one of the world’s dirtiest crops. When you pick up a cotton T-shirt on the High Street, and only wear it a couple of times, do you ever stop to think about the impact which the water used for that garment has had … Continue reading

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Rise of the normal-sized models

I have never once considered myself a plus-sized model, yet I don’t fit the mould of the willowy size 6 models. However, a flow of normal-sized models are beginning to sweep the fashion industry.   The French Parliament have proposed a legislation to set a minimum weight for any model … Continue reading


London Fashion Weekend

Visiting London Fashion Weekend is like going to a huge sample sale.  Although spending money to go shopping may seem like an alien concept to a lot of students, the savings you make on one garment can easily eclipse the price of the entrance ticket. The Luxe Lounge houses two … Continue reading


The Savvy Student Guide to London Fashion Week AW15

Thought that London Fashion Week was only for fashion buyers and press? Think again. There are plenty of events happening all over London throughout that week which are open to the public.  Even better, most of them are free! Naomi Campbell’s Fashion for Relief is back! I was fortunate enough to … Continue reading

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February Sample Sales

Whilst we have a few more sample sales appearing on our radar for February, there’s still a limited amounts of events. I find this time of year is great for charity shop shopping (see my blog on second-hand clothing here)  I try to at the start (although it always ends up … Continue reading


January Sample Sales

January seems to be the month for bridal sample sales. Unless you are in the market for a wedding dress, other sample sales are quite thin on the ground.  But to be honest, with some great discounts out on the High Street, at independents and online, it really isn’t the … Continue reading


December Sample Sales (including Alexander McQueen)

Alexander McQueen 3rd December 11am – 9pm  4th &  5th December 10am – 9pm and 6th December 10am – 6pm Shoreditch Town Hall, Assembly Hall, 380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT At last, the not to be missed Alexander McQueen sample sale has arrived. What better place to find a … Continue reading


Preloved Clothing

From £10 Gold Valentino trousers found in a charity shop to my bargain vintage Gucci dress, I have always loved shopping second hand. There’s a thrill of discovering a unique garment buried under a mound of what seems to be junk. As the old saying goes, ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’.


A few years back in an ‘Everything for a pound pile’ in a charity shop in Brixton, I found a pair of very short, very red Sergio Tacchini Tennis shorts for a quid. I wore them all summer as part of my go-to festival outfit. I later found out that they were actually a very rare pair from the McEnroe era and people are selling them on ebay for up to £150.


This gold Gucci dress was bought from the fantastic Clerkenwell Vintage Fair which takes place every month – the next one is on 23 November 2014.  It was originally purchased by the person from whom I bought it and she wore it on Blind Date 25 years ago.

Cilla Black complemented her on the dress and she was picked for the date, a day racing cars around the track.  I know that she was very attached to this dress and was happy that it had gone to a good home.

I sent her through some photographs of me wearing the dress, photographed by Paul Pickard, and she replied

Wow fantastic! So glad my stunning Gucci dress has  lived on to have a fabulous life  x

Credit: Paul Pickard

Credit: Paul Pickard


This week, the Centre for Sustainable Fashion had a Tweetchat on the theme of #beinghuman as part of an event called Wear Your Culture.  I tweeted:

#beinghuman is to love. How can we love our clothes if we dispose of them before growing attached, before they’re part of our history.


Part of what I love about my gold Gucci dress isn’t just its beauty, or the quality of the fabric (it is so heavy!) but the fact that I know it’s story, I’ve met the woman who wore it on Blind Date.  I fully intend to give that dress new stories to tell, from the first time I wore it at my Sixth Form prom, to the many more times I intend to wear it in years to come.

The Centre for Sustainable Fashion replied to my tweet saying:

Beautifully put. All those stories and memories, so precious to us in our fragility as humans on this wonderful planet.

What stories do your clothes have to tell?  Stories from before you owned them, stories about the makers, about a previous wearer, about your life?  What secrets do your clothes hold in their threads?

Next week, the fashion reuse charity TRAID launches #SECONDHANDFIRST Week, 17 – 23 November 2014, to encourage us to buy more of our clothes second-hand, rather than buying new.

TRAID will run events and initiatives in its 12 charity shops throughout the week celebrating all things second-hand including a repair workshop with master mender Tom Holland, in-store stylists to help customers make the most of their purchases, short film screenings about the garment industry, late night openings and special window displays.  Events include:

  • Tuesday 18 November, Book an appointment with Sustainable Fashion Stylist Marta Krolewicz, 10am – 2pm at TRAID Shepherd’s Bush
  • Wednesday 19 November, The Clothes Club Swap for Food Cycle and TRAID
  • Thursday 20 November, Late Night Shopping and Junky Styling Upcyling Workshop at TRAID Shepherd’s Bush, 154 Uxbridge Road,
  • Friday 21 November, Knitwear Repair Workshop with Tom Holland at TRAID Dalstons,
  • Friday 21 November, Book an appointment with Sustainable Fashion Stylist Marta Krolewicz, 10am – 2pm at TRAID Shepherd’s Bush

Check out the Traid website for updates:


There are lots of ways to get involved along with ideas and resources provided by TRAID including taking the #SECONDHANDFIRST Pledge to source more of your wardrobe second hand, to keep clothes and other resources in circulation for longer by lending, swapping, mending and donating, to visit your local charity shop, run a clothes swap and lots more. Maria Chenoweth-Casey, CEO of TRAID said:

“The power of second-hand to create a more sustainable society is enormous. The garment industry makes huge demands on scarce and diminishing resources, like water, land and oil while unwanted and still wearable clothes are sent to landfill. #SECONDHANDFIRST Week reminds people to use what we already have as a way to reduce waste, landfill, carbon emissions and consumption bringing major benefits to our increasingly fragile environment.”


The charity is also appealing to all its supporters to donate their unwanted clothes to help TRAID reach its target of collecting an extra 7 tonnes of textiles for reuse during this special week. To book a free home collection from TRAID go to

If all of your wardrobe is new and you’ve never given preloved clothing a go, #secondhandfirst week is the time to make a start! Go out and find some clothing which has been loved before and which you can love again.

November Sample Sales

November is always a great month for Sample Sales.  Here is my round-up of some of the best, although missing the Alexander McQueen sample sale which was in November last year – when is it?   Please let me know of any further sample sales which I haven’t listed in November, or any forthcoming sample sales over the next few months. Thank You!

Lingerie Sample Sale
Stella McCartney, Elle Macpherson Intimates and more
3-5 November 2014 10am-8pm
Bendon UK, Axtell House, level 3, 23-24 Warwick Street, London, W1B 5NQ
Press buzzer to enter. Entry is £2 in aid of St John’s Hospice


3-9 November from 10am-6pm 3-7th, 10am-5pm 8-9th
Chalayan Atelier, 109-123 Clifton Street, Block H, 1st floor, London, EC2A 4LD

Matches Fashion
4 – 8 November, 10am – 8pm; 9 November, 11am – 5pm
36 South Molton Street, London, W1K 5RH

TSE Cashmere
5-6 November 2014 10am – 8pm
Camden Centre, Bidborough Street, London, WC1H 9AU

MiH Jeans
5 & 6 November, 8am – 7.30pm
The Studios, 186 Shepherds Bush Road, London, W6 7NL

The Kooples
5 Nov 8am-9pm, 6 and 7 11am-7pm 8 November 2014 11am-5pm
89 1/2 Worship Street – London EC2A 2BF
Register here 

Issey Miyake
5 November 12pm-7pm  6 November 10am-5pm
The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair London W1K 5LF

Concrete Studio x Blood Brother Sample Sale
6-9 November 6th 11.30am – 8pm 7 & 8 10am – 8pm 9th 10am-4pm
The Dray Walk Gallery , 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Chinti and Parker
7 November – 9am-7pm
The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair London W1K 5LF

Gina Shoes
8 November – 10am – 7pm
The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair London W1K 5LF

12 Nov 8am-7pm, 13 & 14 11am – 7pm, 15 Nov 11am – 5pm
89 1/2 Worship Street – London EC2A 2BF
Register here

Crew Clothing
14 Nov 10am – 7pm 15 Nov 10am – 6pm 16 Nov 10am – 5pm
Warwick Hall, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ

People Tree
20 Nov 6pm-9pm, 21 Nov 5pm-9pm,  22 Nov 11am-5pm
People Tree Offices, 5 Huguenot Place, 17a Heneage Street, London E1 5LN
Half of the proceeds from this very special Festive Sample Sale go to the People Tree Foundation. Dresses, skirts and tops start at £15, accessories start at £5 and hand knitted jumpers start at £30.  Festive nibbles and bubbly!

Marc Jacobs
20-22 November
Register here 

Crew Clothing 
21 Nov 10am – 7pm, 22 Nov 10am – 6pm 23 Nov 10am – 5pm
City Hall, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3ND

Stephen Webster Jewellery
24th November – 9am – 8pm
The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair London W1K 5LF

Nicholas Kirkwood
25 November  10am-8pm 26 November  8am-8pm
The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair London W1K 5LF

26 Nov 8am-7pm 27 & 28 11am – 7pm, 29 Nov 11am – 5pm
Register here 

Browns Labels for Less
27 November – 10.30am – 8pm
The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair London W1K 5LF

October Sample Sales

Forget outlet shopping, Sample Sales are the only way to really find a bargain!

A few weeks ago, I found this bargain: a leather Pringle coat reduced from almost £2000 to £200, that’s a tenth of the price!

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There are countless of these bargains at sample sales, just waiting to be loved and I at Savvy Student, have got this Octobers guide to the best Sample Sales around the country.

One & Only Designer Sale
The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair, London
Wednesday 1st October – 11am – 8pm

Chelsea Old Town Hall Sample Sale
VIP ticket includes early entry to sale, glass of bubbly & Goodie bag worth £75 retail inc (Designer item + accessory, Snack, magazine, choc’s & £10 voucher.
Chelsea Old Town Hall
Friday 3rd October 2014 11:00am til 12:00pm

Crew Clothing Warehouse Sale
Friday 3rd October 10am – 7pm – Saturday 4th October 10am – 6pm
Hall D Harrogate International Centre, King’s Rd, Harrogate, North Yorkshire  HG1 5LA

The Secret Sample Sale
G4, Old Truman Brewery, 15 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR
Thurs 2nd – Sun 12th October, 12.00 – 7pm

ISSA London
The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair, London
Thursday 2nd October – 12pm – 8pm
Friday 3rd October – 9am – 8pm
Saturday 4th October – 10am – 4pm

Matthew Williamson
The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair, London
Thursday 9th October – 9am – 7pm
Friday 10th October – 9am – 6pm

Crew Clothing Warehouse Sale
Friday 10th October 10am – 7pm to Saturday 11th October 10am – 6pm
Fontwell Park Racecourse,  Fontwell  BN18 0SX

People Tree
Wednesday 15th October 6pm-9pm Friday 17th October 5pm-9pm Sunday 19th October midday to 5pm
People Tree Offices, 5 Huguenot Place, 17a Heneage Street, London E1 5LN
Half of the proceeds from this very special Sample Sale go to the People Tree Foundation Dresses, skirts and tops start at £15, accessories start at £5 and hand knitted jumpers start at £30.

October-Sample-Sale People Tree

Crew Clothing Warehouse Sale
Friday 17th October 10am – 7pm  Saturday 18th October 10am – 6pm  Sunday 19th October 10am – 5pm
Lincolnshire Showground  Grange-de-Lings  Lincoln  LN2 2NA

The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair, London
Tuesday 21st October – 10am – 9pm
Wednesday 22nd October – 10am – 9pm
Thursday 23rd October – 10am – 9pm
Friday 24th October – 10am – 7pm

Christopher Raeburn, Matthew Miller, CMMN SWDN, Berthold, Tourne de Transmission, Purified, Hancock and Le Kilt 
Saturday 25th October 10am – 7pm
17-18 Clere St, London EC2A 4LJ

sample sale Christopher Raeburn

The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair, London
Tuesday 28th October – 1pm – 8pm
Wednesday 29th October – 8am – 8pm
Thursday 30th October – 8am – 8am
Friday 31st October – 8am – 8pm

Boden Sample Sale
Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Rd, Oxford OX4 4XP
October 2014 (date TBC)

DIY London Fashion Week Street Style

The courtyard at Somerset House is always a parade of creativity during London Fashion Week. We’ve snapped some of our favourite street style looks from last week and all of these looks would be very easy for most students to DIY.  Get out your sewing kit and be inspired…

Blanket Coats

There were several blanket coats around at London Fashion Week.  This would be a great student staple as it will keep you warm both on your way to lectures and in your student house. You can even use it on your bed at night.

LFW street style blanket coat

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All you need to recreate this look is a leather bag buckle. Bag Clasps UK have a great range of colours for £4.75.  Stick on some fake fur if you wish, or even make a detachable fur collar using stick on velcro.  After the huge success of the SS15 Shrimps show at London Fashion Week, this could easily take your through to Spring if you added a bright faux fur collar in pink or yellow.

Crystal Embellishment (and more bright fake fur)


yellow furry bag and skirt LFW street style

yellow furry bag and skirt detail LFW street style










Crystal embellishments are so easy to DIY.  For a garment which needs washing, I recommend the ones which you glue on, such as these Crystal Stones from Kleins.  You can find self-adhesive Diamante Rhinestones on EBay for as little as £1.50 with free p+p.

More Embellishment

silver hand art LFW

More embellishments, this time as body art.  Vogue wrote an article this summer about how to master the new temporary metallic body art. Read more here

White Shirt under a T-Shirt

I have rather a large collection of T-Shirts from bands and festivals and love this easy way to smarten up a Tee.  You could even use an old school shirt … if you haven’t thrown them all away by now. Any bright contrasting colour shirt would look equally good.

LFW street style shirt under T Shirt

Bow Tie

LFW Street Style bow tie

Such an easy way to dress up a summer shirt.

Bow Jacket

bow jacket lfw

You could use any spare fabric or netting, or recycle a  damaged piece of clothing to turn a jacket into a bow jacket.  These bows are just knotted in the middle, but you could also sew a diamanté crystal or small bead in the centre for a bit of added bling.

If lots of small bows is just too much, how about just one large bow.  As I saw at the Sibling show, big bows are big news for SS15!  Check out my blog post on how to get the catwalk looks in your local charity shop to see an easy recreation of the Sibling big bow.

China Girl


Combine a traditional style short Chinese dress with a bright clutch and some novelty slippers and it somehow looks stylish.

How to Recreate London Fashion Week Looks in a Charity Shop

Your local charity shop is definitely the Savvy Student’s best friend for a fashion bargain.

Honestly, why would you go to the High Street when you can find some incredible bargains in charity shops.  My mum bought a pair of gold Valentino trousers for £10 in the Cancer Research shop in Ashbourne and I recently picked up a Gucci clutch for £3!

Sibling Recreated for Charity Fashion Live

Sibling Recreated for Charity Fashion Live

When I heard that Emma Slade Edmondson was going to recreate London Fashion Week looks live in a British Red Cross shop, using only the clothes she found there, I was excited to see the results.  I met Emma on 24 April when she was styling customers at the Designer Jumble shop in Westfield Stratford for Fashion Revolution Day, an initiative founded by my mother.  I had seen the results of her work, so I had high expectations of some great results at #charityfashionlive and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

 Why is shopping second-hand  so important?

“1 million tonnes of clothes go to the landfill each year. Fast fashion has created a climate in which people have a throwaway relationship with their clothes. As a result of this people and the environment are readily exploited by the garment industry. If we all extended the active use of our clothes for just 3 months, we could each cut down on our
carbon and water and waste footprint by up to 10%.” explained Emma


Holly Fulton recreated for Charity Fashion Live

Holly Fulton recreated for Charity Fashion Live

It was great to see that some of the designers themselves supported this initiative.  Sibling tweeted: OK, this gets 100×100 Sibling vote. Kyla La Grange shared one of the Sibling looks and Kirsty Allsopp, Jasper Conran and Poppy Dinsey (founder got involved over twitter.

Jasper Conran at Charity Fashion Live

Jasper Conran at Charity Fashion Live

The Savvy Student Guide to London Fashion Week

Thought that London Fashion Week was only for fashion buyers and press? Think again. There are plenty of events happening all over London throughout that week which are open to students.

One of Sienna Somers looks at LFW in February, photographed by Glamour Magazine

One of my looks at LFW in February, photographed by Glamour Magazine

I’ve been fortunate enough to attend London Fashion Week for many years as my mother is a fashion designer and I’ve seen some amazing catwalk shows. However, even without insider access, there are still plenty of ways in which students can enjoy the buzz and excitement which surrounds London Fashion Week.

Throughout UK

5-21 September: London Fashion Week eBay Shop
an exclusive pop-up shopping destination launching in celebration of London Fashion Week S/S15. The boutique will showcase exclusive items by 4 designers in the BFC Contemporary, sponsored by eBay initiative: Alexis Barrell, Georgia Hardinge, Paper London, and Zoë Jordan. All of their exclusive items are priced under £100.

12-17 September: London Fashion Week
Live Streaming: This season the British Fashion Council will be live-streaming over 90% of the catwalk shows from London Fashion Week. Shows can be viewed Here  and the schedule can be found Here

If you aren’t studying in or near London,  don’t despair!  You can still get your fashion week style fix via BBCiPlayer in three exclusive programmes. Find out about the hottest new trends straight from the catwalk with Daisy Lowe, meet the glamorous celebrity front rowers with Abbey Clancy and go behind the scenes with Susie Bubble.

On 16th September, Susie Lau will bring you the backstage story of just what it takes to put on one of the amazing courtyard shows; on 17th September Strictly Come Dancing champion, Abbey Clancy will guide you through the illustrious world of the front row; on 18th September, Daisy Lowe will take you on a journey through the catwalk trends and tell you what you should be wearing for SS15.


Although you need a buyer, guest or press pass to access the main buildings at Somerset House, there is plenty to see in the courtyard, from models, to celebrities, to some truly incredible outfits.  In past seasons there has been a London Fashion Week pop-up shop, featuring clothing from various designers., In the corner of the West Wing, this is open to the public.

Throughout London Fashion Week: Regent Street and RIBA Fashion & Architecture Windows 

Topshop with ATMOS

Topshop with ATMOS

At the beginning of September, the Regent Street and RIBA fashion & architecture windows were revealed after an overnight installation by 15 architects. The window installations aim to bring together the best architects and fashion brands in a celebration of creative talent.

1-26 September Found in Translation  Japanese Embassy 9.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday
Although globalisation is beginning to standardise our lives, there is still so much cultural diversity enriching our world. Found in Translation is an exhibition curated and created by young Japanese designers in London who examine the differences between the UK and Japan. Free event. Please present photographic identification upon entry to the Embassy.

10 September Fashioning the Future The Rag Factory 16-18 Heneage St, London E1 5LJ. 6.30pm – 10pm To celebrate Organic September, People Tree is hosting a panel discussion to highlight the social and environmental benefits of organic farming. Panellists include Romy Fraser OBE, Founder of Neal’s Yard Remedies and Trill Farm, Lord Peter Melchett Policy Director of The Soil Association, and Safia Minney MBE, People Tree Founder and CEO.  Fashioning the Future roundtable, 8.30pm – 10.00pm Music by Julian Burdock, organic bottle neck blues from 8.30-10pm.  There will also be a Sample Sale.  More information on the People Tree blog

11 September 5pm-9pm: Carnaby Style night in association with GQ Magazine
Throughout the 13 streets of Carnaby you will find 100+ shops, restaurants and bars who will be offering 20% off  Register here and find out where you can get 20% discount.

11-16 September Drawing on Style Gallery 8, 8 Duke Street, St James’s, London
GRAY M.C.A are leading specialists in Fashion Illustration.  They are holding a selling exhibition of original fashion illustrations from 1940s – 1970s which includes work by some of the leading fashion illustrators of the time for magazines such as Vogue, Harpers & Queen and the Sunday Times. There will also be original illustrations by designers such as Dior, Barbara Hulanicki of BIBA and Zandra Rhodes.

11-18 September: Selfridges Everyman Screenings.  Films include style classics such as Breakfast at Tiffanies, the Red Shoes and A Single Man.

12-19 September: Oxford Street Fashion Showcase  Oxford Street will be festooned with 75 giant flags showing the work of British designers and retailers will be showcasing their A/W capsule collections. Style seminars will be held by fashion insiders such as Jasmine Guinness,  as well as Q&A sessions with upcoming designers covering themes such as fashion, blogging and social media.

12-21 September: Pop-up shop at Somerset House
The Shop will run from the 12-21 September and is situated in the courtyard of Somerset House. Designed by Robert Storey, this pop-up shop for London Fashion Week features the best of British contemporary fashion including Charlotte Simone, Coops London, Eye Respect, Maria Francesca Pepe and Wool & The Gang, as well as exclusive products comissioned by designers such as Stephen Jones.

12 September onwards Impossible Catwalk Shows
You may have thought that the Paris Couture Shows had already stretched the limits of fashion as spectacle, but this exhibition will examine what catwalk shows could be like if the possibilities were really limitless.   It features newly-commissioned work by set designer Simon Costin, who is renowned for his work with Tim Walker and Alexander McQueen.

12-16 September Fashion at MELONDON 336-337 The Strand, London WC2R 1HA
Daily  1.00 – 6.00pm  MEdia Lounge                                                       Radio Bar
Friday 12th
6.00pm                              Phannatiq Parkour Presentation                   ME London
Saturday 13th
1.00 – 4.00pm                   Pearly live photo shoot                                    Marconi Lounge
2.00 – 4.00pm                   Charli Cohen live photo-shoot                        Marconi Lounge
2.00 – 4.00pm                   DeMasi London Live photo-shoot                   Marconi Lounge
2.30pm                              Ethologie Catwalk Show                                  The ME Room
3.30pm                              BasharatyanV Catwalk Show                          The ME Room
Sunday 14th
12.00 – 5.00                      Linnie Mclarty live photo-shoot                      Marconi Lounge
1.00pm                             Ada Zanditon Couture  Show                          STK Restaurant
5.30pm                             Vielma Catwalk Show                                       The Atrium
Monday 15th
1.00 – 3.00                        David Longshaw Live Illustration                    Marconi Lounge
6.00 – 8.00                        Feathers/Olympus Drinks Reception              The Atrium
Tuesday 16th
2.00 – 4.00                        Tramp in Disguise Presentation                       Marconi Lounge
For ticket requests please email

13-21 September  The London Design Festival
This is an annual event which aims to celebrate London as the design capital of the world. The festival features hundreds of events showcasing fashion and product design. Most events are free of charge.  Some events are trade only.

Make Shoes: As part of the festival, you can learn to make shoes, working alongside both emerging and established footwear designers. Discover new footwear innovation, technology and craftsmanship through a series of workshops and talks. Book your place here

13 September: London Ethnic Fashion Show and After Party  Tickets The Roof Gardens 99 Kensington High St, W8 5SA London

13-14 September Shopcade London Fashion Week Pop-Up The White Space, 5 Great Newport Street,Covent Garden, London WC2H 7JB
The ‘worlds coolest shopping app’ Shopcade invites you to one of the hottest London Fashion Week pop-up shops. You’ll be able to browse an exclusive London Fashion Week edit of items from Shopcade’s favourite brands, have a new season mini-makeover or manicure, and listen to live music.  There will be rails full of clothes from brands such as Little Shilpa, High Spirit Glitter Lips by Beauty Boulevard WonderLuk Hipanema Gemma Goldstone HEBA Karizma, Dazzle & Jolt Ilu Amelia Jane London and Dark Pink LDN!

You can drink my favourite Vita Coco Coconut Water or try one of Lola’s Cupcakes.

10 Am – 12 Noon : Hoxton Radio
12 Noon – 1pm : Johnson Orchid Dj Set
2pm – 4pm : The Glitter Beats Dj Set
4pm – 6pm : Sarah-Giggle Dj Set
5pm – 6pm : Beth Sherburn Fan Meeting
6pm – 6:30pm :Beth Sherburn Live Performance

12 Noon – 2pm : Dj Fabienne
1pm – 2pm : Live Presentation By Lola’s Cupcakes
4pm – 6pm : Hoxton Radio
6pm – 7:30pm : Sarah Giggles

Sunday Night – Vip Party (For Strict Guest List Please Email: Shopcade@Forwardpr.Com)
9pm-10pm : Maison Fleurs Dj Set.
10pm-10.30pm : Johnson Orchid Live Performance.
10.30-11pm : Rough Copy Uk Live Performance
11pm-11.30pm : Dj Cheyenne Davide
11.30pm-12am : Dj Fabienne

14th September 11am-5pm Clerkenwell Vintage Fair £4 entry (£2 with NUS card)

Wearing one of the prom dresses I bought at Clerkenwell in 2012. Photograph by Paul Pickard

Wearing one of the prom dresses I bought at Clerkenwell in 2012. Photograph by Paul Pickard

Sienna Somers Savvy Student at Clerkenwell vintage fair

Wearing a cute dress I bought at Clerkenwell

To celebrate London Fashion Week, Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair brings you The Vintage Collections.

You will find key iconic looks from different eras and can shop for pieces which don’t just hark back to a particular era, but are actually part of it.

Fashion editors, designers from London Fashion Week (my mother always attends), celebrity stylists and models return every season to source rare pieces, as well as getting inspiration for next season’s collection.

I have bought many of my favourite pieces at the fair, including both of my school prom dresses. For my Sixth Form Prom I bought an amazing gold Gucci long dress which was worn 25 years ago on the TV show Blind Date with Cilla Black.  And I actually bought it from the lady who wore it on the show!



14, 15, 16 September: London Fashion Week Digital.  BFC Courtyard Show Space at Somerset House.
14th 1.30-2.30pm Has Technology Changed Pattern, Colour and Cloth in Fashion?
Francesca Rosella Director, CuteCircuit; Lauren Bowker founder, The Unseen; Nancy Tilbury Co-Founder & Director, Studio XO; Neil Harbisson, Cyborg Artist  RSVP: quoting SUNDAY in the subject box

15th 12-1pm Can you Bring Real Luxury Online? In conjunction with UKTI
Geoff Quinn CEO, T M Lewin; Graham Cooke, CEO, Quibit; Stephen Webster, Jeweller; Tracy Yaverbaun Director of Fashion & Luxury, Facebook & Instagram, Ruth Chapman Co-Founder, MATCHESFASHION.COM; Sumit Paul-Choudhury Editor, New Scientist  RSVP: quoting MONDAY in the subject box

16th 11.30am-12.30pm Where do you Draw the Line between Creativity and Commerciality?
Daniela Cecilio Founder, ASAP54; Sasha Wilkins, Creative Director, Liberty London Girl; Henry Holland, House of Holland; Justin Cooke Founder, Innovate 7; Rachel Arthur Global Senior Editor, WGSN; Remi Paringaux, Founder & Creative Director, Meri Media RSVP: quoting TUESDAY in the subject box

To ensure entrance to the BFC Courtyard Show Space guests are advised to arrive before panel discussion start time.  Each of the discussions will be livestreamed to

20th & 21st September Open House London: An opportunity see inside some of the amazing architecture in every London neighbourhood. Over the weekend there will be over 800 buildings open, including 10 Downing Street (by ballot), as well neighbourhood walks, architects’ talks and more.

Image credit: Hannah Gower, 2012

Image credit: Hannah Gower, 2012

Roof Garden Open House – part of Open House London, on 20th September from 1-4pm
The event will explore cross-disciplinary production and how creative practices such as architecture, fashion and design cross, merge and divide, constantly challenging our understanding of them. Explore an installation by MA Fashion Futures student Hannah Gower whose work explores the three dimensional space clothing occupies, working from deconstructing and hanging pieces. Join small drawing workshops and a panel discussion on the new Studio Weave rooftop. Event is free, book your place here.

Decoded Westfield Hackathon

20 & 21 September: Decoded LondonWestfield London, Shepherd’s Bush
Decoded Fashion is hosting the first public 24 hour Fashion Hackathon: Future Fashion: 24 Hour Hack. Over the weekend shoppers will not only be able to  watch but interact and influence teams of Europe’s best and brightest tech pioneers all competing to create a new way of enhancing the consumer experience for fashion and retail brands in Westfield.

Every February during the A/W London Fashion Week, look out for the International Fashion Showcase at embassies and venues around London.  A great chance to see the best up-and-coming designers from around the world.

September Sample Sales

The Savvy Student Guide to September Sample Sales

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Here’s me wearing my Alexander McQueen dragonfly dress which I bought at a sample sale last year

I’ve found plenty of bargains at sample sales over the last few years.  My wardrobe is filled with Alexander McQueen, Jonathan Saunders, Richard Nicholl, Pringle, Issa London and more, all for a fraction of the normal price.

Here is a list of forthcoming events where you can hopefully grab a bargain.

The Sample Shop
Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th September 2014
Lowry Outlet, 1st Floor, Unit 16, opposite the Cinema, Salford Quays, Salford, Manchester M50 3AH

People Tree
10th, 12th, 13th September
16-18 Heneage Street, London, E1 5LJ
People Tree sample sale

J&M Davidson
Thursday 11 September – 12pm – 8pm
The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair London W1K 5LF

Designer Warehouse (womenswear)
Friday 12 10am-8pm, Saturday 13 10am-6pm, Sunday 14 September 11am-5pm
5-6 Islington Studios, Thane Works Thane Villas, London, N7 7NU

Designer Sales A/W Sample Sale
Saturday 13 September
Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London SW3 5EE

Tuesday 16 September – 9am – 8pm
The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair London W1K 5LF

Wednesday 17 – Friday 19 September
The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair London W1K 5LF

London Fashion Weekend
Expect incredible shopping from the UK’s most exciting fashion labels—and all at industry-insider prices. With a carefully curated blend of established design houses and emerging talents, this is a unique opportunity to shop the season’s key pieces direct from the designers.  I have attended several times and always find some bargains.
18-21 September
Somerset House, The Strand, London WC2R 1LA  (map and times)

Designer Warehouse (menswear)
Friday 19 10am-8pm, Saturday 20 10am-6pm, Sunday 21 September 11am-5pm
5-6 Islington Studios, Thane Works Thane Villas, London, N7 7NU

Monsoon & Accessorize
23 8am-7pm and 24 September 8.30am-4.30pm
The American Church in London, 79a Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 4TD

Margaret Howell
Thursday 25 – Friday 26 September – 9am – 7pm
The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair London W1K 5LF

Crew Clothing
Friday 26 10am-7pm, Saturday 27 September 10am-6pm
International Media Centre, Silverstone Circuits Limited, Silverstone Circuit, NN12 8TN (Between Northampton and Oxford)

Please let me know of any further sample sales which I haven’t listed in September, or any forthcoming sample sales over the next few months. Thank You!