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London Fashion Week: What to do when you’re not invited.

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Unfortunately, in the exclusive world of fashion, if you’re not a celebrity, a fashion buyer or a member of the press then you’ve not got much chance of getting invitations or passes for this year’s London Fashion Week.

However, if you’re still keen to be involved, or to soak up some fashion ‘vibes’ then London has many alternatives to help you celebrate fashion in our capital and to keep you up to date with all the new trends:

  1. Such as in previous years, the London Fashion Week website is live streaming many of their shows. This allows members of the public to watch the shows at the same time as the fashion editors and celebs, live from the comfort of their own homes. Visit http://www.londonfashionweek.co.uk/live.aspx to see the live streaming schedule.
  2. If you would prefer a more up close and personal look at some designer clothes, you can visit the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington. Free to enter, the museum has a permanent collection of garments on display. Ranging from Victorian corsets and shoes to more modern pieces by well-known designers, such as Chanel and Balenciaga, there is no shortage of pieces to investigate. The museum is also currently running their ‘Undressed: a brief history of underwear’ exhibition, which has been extremely popular and is well worth a visit for anyone interested in the evolution of fashions.
  3. Many stores and brands are hosting events in celebration of LFW 2016. Unfortunately, many are reserved only for those with an invite. However, there are some which anyone can attend. For example, Oxford Street’s French Connection store are hosting a LFW party on 17th September with free cocktails, a photo booth as well as goody bags for those who make a purchase. Topshop is also hosting a pop-up market space in Spitalfields Market on 17th-18th Customisation stalls, a beauty pop-up and food stalls are all scheduled for the weekend.
  4. For the first time in seven years, LFW is moving from its usual venue at Somerset House and into the Brewer Street Car Park in Soho. ­­ Even if you don’t have tickets to actually get into the catwalks or showrooms, visiting the venue would be a great way to absorb the atmosphere and feel part of the event. Using the opportunity to have a look at some of the great street style Soho has to offer, as well as the outfits of those attending the shows, would undoubtedly be a fun way to spend a couple of hours.
  5. Although the Fashion Week itself may be invite-only, on the 22nd-25th September, the Saatchi Gallery hosts its London Fashion Weekend which is open to the public. Tickets start at £20 and so the event is accessible for just about anyone. This year, among other things, it is offering ticket holders the chance to experience catwalk shows, industry talks and shopping from new collections. Highlights of this year’s Fashion Weekend include talks from designer Sophia Webster and model Daisy Lowe, as well as the Sibling catwalk show and access to a V.I.P lounge.

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