How to do London Fashion Week Without a Ticket

LFW is fast approaching. On the 16th February, the fashion pack will descend upon the city in preparation for shows from some of the biggest names in fashion.

Based this year at The Strand, LFW will see the likes of Burberry, Christopher Kane and Marques Almeida take to the runway to display their winter 2018 collections.

The lucky few will have already been sent their passes for the catwalk shows, after parties and Designer Showrooms. The rest of us will have to just sit tight and wait until coverage starts appearing on social media.  If you weren’t lucky enough to make the cut this year, have no fear. We have you sorted!

Living in the London, you’ll be surrounded by opportunities to absorb some sartorial culture when LFW arrives in the capital. With our top tips below, you’ll be feeling like a fashion VIP in no time.

  1. Sit FROW at the London Fashion Week Festival

Running from 22nd – 25th February in The Strand, this long weekend of fashion is the only Fashion Week event open to the public. With tickets starting at £20, it’s a relatively affordable way to get your fix of all things fashion.

Once again, the festival is packed full of talks from industry experts and influencers. The likes of Trinny Woodall, Deliciously Ella, Markus Lupfer and Orla Kiely will all be making appearances. Armed with loads of insider knowledge and experience, they’re a must see for anyone wanting to break into the world of fashion – or who simply loves clothes!

Even better, the festival even features a full-size catwalk, usually reserved for fashion editors and celebs! This year’s full line-up is still waiting to be confirmed, but New York streetwear brand, NICOPANDA have already been promised. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to be on the FROW, now’s your chance!

  1. Up your Sartorial Knowledge at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum

Founded by British designer, Zandra Rhodes, this museum is not to be missed! Over February, the museum will be running a temporary exhibition called T-Shirt: Cult-Culture-Subversion, featuring some rare Vivienne Westwood pieces.

If you don’t fancy that, the museum also offers fashion-related workshops and courses. Our top picks include Draw like a Designer and Photoshop for Textile Designers. They’re great for anyone looking to improve on skills or who wants to try their hand at something new.

Alternatively, the V&A has a great Fashion collection and, until the 18th February, will be  home to the revered Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion exhibition.

  1. Get inspired with London’s Street Style

London is known for its eclectic and unique sense of style. You don’t need to be sitting front row to see it for yourself – just get out on the streets! Not only is the city already one of the most stylish places to be, but Fashion Week always inspires people to try out more daring looks.

Have a spare afternoon? Take yourself down to The Strand and you’re sure to see more than a few stylish individuals. Street stars and photographers always congregate around the entrance to the Designer Showrooms, so there’s nowhere better to go if you want to get in on the action. Bring a camera and start snapping! Step out in your most stylish look and you might even get approached by a photographer yourself!

  1. Be a Fashion Critic in the Comfort of your own Home

Want to be the first to know what’s made it onto the runway? It’s never been easier to feel like a fashion insider. The British Fashion Council are making it simpler than ever for you to get involved, with minimal effort on your part. All you need to do is search for the LFW website and you will be able to access a selection of the shows live!

Want even easier access? Try following fashion editors and influencers on social media. Most of them upload as the shows are taking place, so you’ll see everything as it happens!  Try Sarah Harris, Ellie Pithers or Julia Hobbs; don’t miss out on Jessica Michault’s sixty second show reviews!


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