A Fashionable Guide to London

 

A Fashionable Guide to London

 

A Fashionable Guide to London

 

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Running from the 13th-17th September, London Fashion Week is the second instalment of the international programme of fashion shows, following its run in New York. Want to know spots to visit, dine and shop in the capital? Browse our fashion favourites, good enough to please even the Miranda Priestleys of this world.

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Running from the 13th-17th September, London Fashion Week is the second instalment of the international programme of fashion shows, following its run in New York. Want to know spots to visit, dine and shop in the capital? Browse our fashion favourites, good enough to please even the Miranda Priestleys of this world.

 

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SPRING // Located in the grounds of Somerset House, Spring is a natural favourite for fashion lovers. The opulent interiors will captivate you first when you walk inwith beautiful high ceilings, marble counters, and even the pink floor tiles in the bathrooms. Make sure you book a window seat, for views out to the iconic courtyard. Offering old-school elegance, whatever the season.

 

NATURAL KITCHEN // With venues across London, Natural Kitchen is the perfect offering for healthy food on the go, or for a quick catch up between shows. We recommend their brunch menu, for expertly sourced produce and juices. 


FARM GIRL // Ideal for those with dietary requirements, Farm Girl offers a wonderful selection of health bowls; brunch options and even sweet treats. The charming surroundings help the fashion set to feel at home, complete with pretty pinks, lots of plants and chic lighting. Farm Girl has several locationsin Soho, Notting Hill, Chelsea and Knightsbridge. 


KUROBUTA // A lover of all things minimalist? Why not extend the principle to your dining. Kurobuta offers expert Japanese, precision cooking. The sushi here is critically lauded, punctuated with a range of textures and colours that take it to the next level. 
 

Art & Design
 

From one great show to the next, these exhibitions are as fashionable as the runways this season...

 

OLAFUR ELIASSON @ TATE MODERN // Having enjoyed a great history with the Tate Modern over the past two decades, Eliasson is once again exhibiting in the iconic gallery. Art lovers may remember his Weather Project in the Turbine Hall in 2003. His latest showing ‘In Real Life’ offers a full immersive experienceone where interaction comes to the forefront. A colourful kaleidoscopeit’s the perfect accompaniment to the whirlwind of fashion week. 


MANOLO BLAHNIK @ THE WALLACE COLLECTION // Blahnik and the Wallace Collection go together like Carrie Bradshaw and shoes: a match made in sartorial heaven. The designer has often credited the Marylebone museum as a source of inspiration for his designs, with its beautiful collection of 18th and 19th century art in its decadent surroundings. Go and see the healed delights for yourself. 

TIM WALKER @ THE V&A // London’s most fashionable museum is paying homage to the exceptional, other-worldly photography of Tim Walker. Having shot endless creations for Vogue, Walker has a incredible ability to transport the latest fashion collections down an Alice in Wonderland-style rabbit hole. We can’t wait to see what ‘Wonderful Things’ has in store. Book tickets in advance, as this will undoubtedly be a popular exhibit. 

CINDY SHERMAN @ THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY // With fashion week comes a celebration of all things female. Which is why the display of the work of Cindy Sherman at the portrait gallery is excellent timing. The artist has played with the themes of identity, sexism and consumerist culture since the 1970’s and this retrospective has received rave reviews by the art world. On display late on Fridays, make sure not to miss the exhibition before the 15th September. 
 

 



Stylish Abodes

 



 



Stylish Abodes

 


 

The Shows

London's most exciting shows to look out for, from the classics to the up-and-comers:

 

MOLLY GODDARD // SATURDAY 14th. Everyone’s favourite London designer to come out of Central Saint Martinsin recent years is of course the exceptional Molly Goddard. Since her iconic tulle dresses graced the runway and scampered around Paris, draped on the shoulders of Jodie Comer in Killing Eve, Goddard’s work has gone from strength to strength. Her show is a must-see for the season. 

 

REJINA PYO // SATURDAY 14th. Another CSM alumni is Rejina Pyo, whose modern, wearable pieces have made a real impact on the catwalks in recent seasons. Get excited to see more of her feminine silhouettes and expert tailoring.

 

BURBERRY // MONDAY 16th. There is really no brand that is more Londonmore Britishthan Burberry. This show is always one of the most talked about of fashion week, and rightly so. From recognisable models, to their signature check and a united menswear and womenswear collectionBurberry will serve up the ultimate show. After Riccardo Tisci’s debut collection in February, everyone is on the edge of their seats to see what he will deliver for the September show.  

 

RIXO // SATURDAY 14th. A brand for the modern woman, Rixo has turned pretty, printed dresses into the cult classics to cop since its infancy in 2015. The designers behind the creations are two best friends from Northern Ireland- Henrietta Rix and Orlagh McCloskey. Taking a truly 2019 approach to the fashion sphere, Rixo has seen endless success through social media, beyond their catwalk shows. What's their secret? Perhaps the inclusion of models of all ages- silver-haired beauties and relatable women. 

 

SELF PORTRAIT // SUNDAY 15th. Similarly to Rixo, a brand that has seen a meteoric rise within the fashion industry in recent years is Self Portrait. At only five years old, the brand has now been worn by everyone from Kate Middleton to Margot Robbie, Michelle Obama to Paris Hilton. Their signature lace dresses exude femininity and well-executed design. Will the cut-out lace continue? How the pieces evolve over the next season is something we can't wait to see! 

 


 

Homes Near The Strand

 


 

 

 



Homes near the Strand

 


 

East London Boutiques

Head East for more unique shopping experience. 

 

GOODHOOD // The crown for the ultimate Shoreditch store has to go to Goodhood. The shop itself attracts purely for its design pro-ess, let alone the premium garments of men's and women's streetwear. They also have a lifestyle section to coindice with the satorial pieces. With a focus on sustainable brands, Goodhood is also showing they are focused on 2019's Fashion 101- environmental and ethical clothing. 

 

MODERN SOCIETY // Head to Redchurch Street for the flagship store of the luxurious and expertly curated Modern Society. The clothes are the perfect accompaniment to the chic set-up, with brands like RE/DONE and Trademark, alongside their own pieces and touches of homeware. Like all good East London boutiques, it comes complete with an in-house coffee shop, for a caffeine fix after you’ve eyed the rails. 

 

AIME // Offering brands that are eternal fashion show favourites, including Isabel Marant and Ulla Johnson, Aime in Shoreditch is a great pit-stop for a post-show splurge. The pieces encapsulate chic, pared-back style, so if you're looking for that Parisian-girl-in-London aesthetic, this will be your go-to.  

 

GLASSWORKS // An intimate and relaxing boutique on Shoreditch High Street, Glassworks offers the perfect place to source statement pieces for your wardrobe. Enjoy their own-brand collection alongside Sass and Bide and Helmut Lang. The accessories section is also great for between-show browsing. 

 


 

East London Escapes

The Bars

 

Our recent favourites for enjoying a late-night tipple...

 

THE CORAL ROOM—BLOOMSBURY // The idea behind the Coral Room was to create an 'exquisite country house transported to the city' and it certainly delivers. The bar provides an extensive cocktail menu—we recommend Man about Town—alongside sumptuous interiors, as pictured above. Perch on the pink velvet bar stools as you sip on the liquid delights on offer, a very fashionable evening to be had. 

 

THE LITTLE YELLOW DOOR—NOTTING HILL // Just like the Veeve concept, Little Yellow Door cocktail bar is all about having a wonderful time with your friends in comfortable, homely surroundings—a friend's flat for instance? Run by a bunch of Notting Hill 'flatmates' this bar is the perfect fashion hang-out. From the retro games, to the vinyl spinning on the decks, this place will beat the after-show party. 

 

NIGHTJAR—SHOREDITCH // If variety is what you're after from your cocktails, head to Nightjar. Their extensive menu means you can enjoy a mix of beverages all night long. Just like the greatest fashion runways, the menu also draws inspiration from history, including pre-prohibition and the post-war era. 

 

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Memory Lane

Explore London's fascinating fashion history, through its most iconic streets and buildings. 

 

THE KING'S ROAD—CHELSEA // Few roads are so synonymous with change, art, fashion and the swinging 60’s as the King’s Road in Chelsea. In the late 1950’s, a young designer called Mary Quant opened a boutique on the famous street and helped to start a revolution in hemlines. At the forefront of change in modern fashion, the King’s Road became awash with hip fashion boutiques; alongside the espresso coffee shops which had flourished in the area. What followed was decades of the street being a hub for all trends that the Londoners adored. Today it's still lined with great shops, cafes and art galleries, albeit with a few less Mods...

 

OLD BOND STREET AND NEW BOND STREET// Since the 18th century, Old and New Bond Street have been a shopping destination, connecting Oxford Street to Piccadilly. Beloved by Mayfair’s elite of the era, it has since become an institution amongst London’s fashionable streets. Home to Tiffany's, the Burlington Arcade and the Royal Arcade, it has plenty of shops to excite. Featured in many cultural creations, from Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, to the much-loved Monopoly board, it is fair to say this street is iconic, not just for its fashions. 

 

LIBERTY LONDON DEPARTMENT STORE // Set in an eye-catching Grade II listed building, the Liberty London department store has been a feature of Soho's shopping district for close to 150 years. The store has witnessed decades of collaborations with designers from William Morris in the 19th century, Yves Saint Laurent in the 20th, to the modern day with House of Hackney and Nike. Its beauty hall is lauded, the flourist that lines its facade is part of the fabric of London and its location, beside Carnaby Street, has seen the unbelieveable change of the city's style in the past centuries.

 


Secluded Escapes

 


 

 


East London Escapes

 


 

The Antidote

When the bustle of the shows draw to a close, enjoy our picks of where to go for some R&R. 

 

GAZELLI HOUSE // Renowned for its exceptional skincare products, Gazelli house is just what you need after the boozy after-show parties are starting to show their effects. The stylish interiors of the treatment rooms don’t go amiss either! Their bespoke facial treatments will be your saviour.


GLOW BAR // Head to Marylebone to get your glow back after a week of sleep deficit. Enjoy an infrared sauna session to sweat out the toxins and feel restored. They also offer herbal remedies to help reduce cortisol levelswhich may have increased during a week dashing around London! 


THE BEAUMONT SPA // Sauna, steam, cold plunge poolrepeat. All you need, right? The Beaumont is the answer for relaxation and rejuvenation. Plus, the sci-fi style design will help with that out-of-body experience you might be craving.