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.

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