Fashion-lovers unite: London Fashion Week Festival has returned for another year with more shopping, style and industry talks than ever before
Words Joy Montgomery
LONDON FASHION WEEK FESTIVAL
WHAT IS IT?
London Fashion Week Festival is the public’s opportunity to get in on all the fashion week action, no invitation required. Staged in The Store Studios, the same venue as London Fashion Week itself, the event will be the ultimate extravaganza for fashion-lovers wanting to enjoy everything the industry has to offer.
Running from 22nd – 25th February, the event has packed schedule of designer and trend catwalks shows, exclusive industry talks, pampering pop-ups and, of course, plenty of shopping opportunities.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2018
Foodies shouldn’t miss Thursday’s chat with healthy eating entrepreneur Deliciously Ella. From bestselling cookbooks to running two delis, come and discover how she does it. Onto Friday, and you can get an exclusive insight into fashion forecasting, blogging and styling with a panel of industry experts – including Elle’s Harriet Stewart, content strategist Alicia Waite and blogger Lucy Williams. A must-see for anyone interested in the future of fashion. Saturday evening, meanwhile, sees Orla Kiely taking the stage to look back at her journey through fashion and design with Dennis Nothdruft, curator of the designer’s exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum.
Sunday is also set to be a winner, with former head of menswear at Harvey Nichols, Darren Skey, sharing his thoughts on the changing men’s fashion landscape: from department stores to boutiques to internet shopping. Then at 3.45, creative collective Gal-Dem will be sharing their wisdom on how to set up an independent magazine – a must for budding journalists.
HOW TO GET TICKETS
Tickets start from just £20 for basic festival entry, which includes event access, shopping access to more than 150 brands and industry talks, and go up to £200 for the Luxe Premium pass. This packs in priority event access, access to the LUXE Lounge, Prosecco reception with Caroline Rush, CEO British Fashion Council, front row seats at a Designer Catwalk, intimate Q&A with the designer and designer tote bag and private till point with shopping concierge service. What more could you possibly want?