The glamour. The anticipation. The excitement… Of sending out catwalk show request after catwalk show request for London Fashion Week.
Yes while you may still be picking apart February’s shows for Autumn/Winter inspiration, the prep for LFW SS13 is already upon us. In fact we’ve already had our first invite in the post. So we thought we’d put together this little guide to give you an idea of what fashion madness to expect this time around.
This season’s shows run from Friday 14th September to Tuesday 18th September 2012, in and around Somerset House and the Freemason’s Hall in Covent Garden. You can see the full (provisional) schedule here so you can plan when to check Twitter and S&TS coverage for your favourite designers.
Friday is the best day for street style gawking so if you get a chance, have a peek inside the Somerset House courtyard – you don’t need a pass. As the days pass, less and less theatrical outfits show up – so opening day is an essential if you want a taste of Fashion Week.
After Burberry Prorsum kick-started the trend of showing in London a few seasons back, there’s a whole host of big names taking time to visit our little capital with their wares. Preen by Thornton Bregazzi is ditching New York for London, rag & bone is holding an exclusive presentation in its flagship Sloane Square shop and Moschino Cheap & Chic is staying put too.
Fashion East is a good starting point for new, breaking designers: this year the line-up includes the debut collection of Claire Barrow (who has created pieces for Joseph and impressed Rihanna), the knitwear maestro from Hong Kong Ryan Lo and the very exciting Maarten van der Horst who’s showing for the third time and already has a Topshop capsule collection under his belt.
Speaking of Topshop, the NEWGEN winners for SS13 have also been announced: they include S&TS favourites Michael van der Ham and Christopher Raeburn as well as Simone Rocha, J.W. Anderson and some new talent showing at the exhibition including Sophia Webster, Huishan Zhang and Palmer/Harding.
And if that wasn’t enough, we’ll be working Vauxhall Fashion Scout and trawling the exhibition for fresh labels and designers come London Fashion Week. Let us know any tips via Twitter on @style_thensome.