London Fashion Week hit the city this morning for a week of over 80 designers on the catwalk, over 100 brands in the designer showrooms and countless presentations, events and after-parties. As the city indulges in the chaotic creativity and intense inspiration Fashion Week always brings, we take a look at the best, most exciting designers to watch for AW19…
London Fashion Week February 2019 Preview
The sun is out, and fashion week is here. Every time London Fashion Week comes around, the city seems to be elevated to its very best self with a stylish buzz, as people make large efforts with their outfits (in case they’ll get papped), restaurants bring out exclusive LFW menus (to draw in the fashion pack), and as the most stylish people in the world come to our great city to experience one of the most exciting, creative events in London’s culture calendar. However, with Brexit day looming, there are whispers amongst the fashion community that this may well be the last London Fashion Week. Hundreds of different designers, photographers, models, influencers, editors and fans from all over the world flock to London for fashion week, and it just wouldn’t be the same without them. In fact, it wouldn’t be much at all. So, in the spirit of ‘live every day/fashion week like it’s your last’, we expect all the stops to be pulled out. Fashion Week is going to impress the city with more pomp and circumstance, flashing lights and fantastic outfits than ever before. There’s still time to get in-the-know! Take a moment to get ahead and read up on the highlights everyone’s excited for.
Friday 15th February
Mark Fast is the first show on the roster, a world-renowned luxury knitwear designer who, at his SS’19 show, produced golden gowns with feather adornments, sequins and fringe mini-dresses, and bodycon cut-out outfits on models who looked like they’d just stepped out of the 70s. We can’t wait to see what his AW19 show will bring. Later on, there’ll be Amanda Wakeley‘s presentation whose designs will be, no doubt, utterly wearable and desirable to ‘the multi-tasking Wakeley Woman’. Lastly, Matty Bovan is a fan favourite. His shows always infuse a sense of craziness to fashion week, and we’re sure the fun-loving show will be just as well-received as always.
Saturday 16th February
It’s ALEXACHUNG‘s second LFW and after a well-liked collection last year, we’re interested to see what the it-girl she brings to the table for AW19. Molly Goddard‘s on at 2 pm, and after being propelled to stardom following one of her dresses being worn by our favourite TV villain, Villanelle in Killing Eve, we guarantee the clothes seen at this show will be seen on all the most stylish celebrities in the coming months. Finally, Simone Rocha‘s show is most definitely a highlight. Her designs are stocked in some of the world’s most prestigious stores – and her show is going to explain why.
Sunday 17th February
Quite possibly the best day out of the bunch. This day boasts shows from Victoria Beckham, who is a constant winner, and following the news of her launching a new beauty brand, we can’t wait to be on board during this exciting time for the British brand. Later on in the day there’s Vivienne Westwood, queen of sustainability whose catwalk shows are always creatively designed and fun. Fashion East features on this day – this is where some of the world’s best designers have started, so we’re excited to see who is about to make it big in fashion. Other highlights include Burberry – this LFW is the brand’s second show under the new creative direction of Riccardo Tisci. His collection last year was large – very large – and we’re wondering whether this time around he’ll have more of a curated edit and a recognisable style, as he continiues to put his mark on the iconic British brand. Sunday also will showcase Pam Hogg, Ashish, and Peter Pilotto.
10 Best Brands to Know for London Fashion Week AW19
Art School is a bright shining joy to watch at London Fashion Week. Their fashion shows constantly defy the harsh constraints of gender, age, sexuality, beauty and body types so often adhered to on the runway. For this reason, we’ve chosen Art School as one of our top ten emerging designers to watch this season. You can watch their AW19 fashion show here.
ASAI launched under the wing of Fashion East in 2017. His designs explore his British-Chinese-Vietnamese cultural heritage and his cult following will be no doubt excited to see what they’ll all be wearing this Autumn/Winter. ASAI’s show is this Saturday at 11 am in the BFC Show Space.
Following his kitsch presentation at Sketch last year, Ryan LO has built up a following of editors and influencers who love his designs (us included). The most traditional and fun expression of femininity, LO’s designs, in the past, have had enough frills to last a lifetime and his collections really tell a story, one which we can’t wait to discover this season.
London-based designer Natasha Zinko has mastered both fine jewellery and ready-to-wear design. One of the most talked about designers around town, her designs are stocked in Browns and Harrods to name a few, and her past collections have had a reoccurring theme of freedom denoted within the garments.
Priya Ahluwalia of Ahluwalia Studio had her graduate collection shown at a London Fashion Week Men’s show and was instantly recognised as a rising star by publications such as i-D, Vogue and The New York Times. Her AW19 show was showcased at Paris Fashion Week in January, collaborating with Adidas Originals.
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