London Fashion Week’s Arrival and FOMO
London Fashion Week is just around the corner, and it’s bound to bring with it a sense of FOMO (fear of missing out). While big-name designers and models mingle with the A-list elite, the rest of us may find ourselves yearning for a glimpse of the glamorous life. However, there are ways to get involved in the fashion week festivities, even if you don’t have insider connections.
Celebrating 30 Years of NEWGEN Initiative
This year’s London Fashion Week holds special significance as the British Fashion Council celebrates the 30th anniversary of its NEWGEN initiative. Beyond the exclusive events and elusive catwalks, the fashion week extravaganza extends to bars, hotels, and restaurants across the city. Here’s your guide to navigating LFW.
The Shows to Catch a Glimpse Of
While the public often doesn’t get access to the headline acts, smaller shows offer a chance to experience the glamour. One such event is L Saha’s Spring/Summer ’24 show on September 15, with limited tickets available. Additionally, various evening events, exhibitions, and catwalks are scheduled throughout the week, including the Condé Nast College Ten Year Anniversary Celebration, Models of Diversity exhibition, and Silk Road Fashion, London: Destiny catwalk. These elusive gatherings can be found on the LFW schedule online.
LFW attracts celebrities, and this year might see an even greater turnout due to the writers’ strikes, freeing up red-carpet regulars. Expect appearances from the likes of Sydney Sweeney, Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, Adwoa Aboah, and more. Keep an eye out for stars at shows by KNWLS, Supriya Lele, Holzweiler, Mains, 16Arlington, JW Anderson, and Aaron Esh.
Partying in Style
For the full fashionista experience, make a day of it by moving between venues. Start at The Mandrake, a Fitzrovia hotel hosting Central Saint Martins for a two-day residency. Selfridges Lounge offers cultural programming and a late-night bar. The closing party at ME London promises to be a highlight.
High-Style Dining and Drinking
Chic spots in London offer exclusive experiences during LFW. The Berkeley Hotel’s Prêt-à-Portea, now named the Couture Cakewalk, features a nod to designer Vivienne Westwood. The Biltmore Hotel hosts a footwear-themed afternoon tea. Raey Café at MATCHESFASHION welcomes zero-waste restaurant Silo. Burberry takes over Norman’s Café for an upscale greasy spoon experience.
Rubbing Shoulders with the Fashion Crowd
The best chance to mingle with fashion’s elite is at five-star hotels like The Rosewood London. Scarfes Bar is a favored haunt. Other options include The Standard, The Twenty Two, and The London Edition. Rita’s, LPM, Claridge’s Restaurant, and Isabel are trendy restaurants to explore. Discover hidden gems like Oranj wine bar in Shoreditch or Reference Point below 180 The Strand.
For a perfect TikTok moment, pitch super glam. Vesper Bar at The Dorchester remains a celebrity hotspot. The ES Mag x Perfect Magazine’s party at Mark’s Club promises opulence. Annabel’s and the George are frequented by celebs, while Nipperkin is ideal for a glamorous experience. Don’t miss Marchesi 1824, Viajante87, the Red Room at the Connaught, or Idris Elba’s Porte Noire for potential under-the-radar parties. See you at LFW!