LFW 2012 Preview


Written by Hatti Whitman
13 Monday 13th February 2012

The Ones to Watch

L-R: SS12 collections from Holly Fulton, Michael van der Ham, and Thomas Tait.

NEWGEN sponsorship is traditionally awarded by the British Fashion Council to those young designers seen to be at the forefront of British fashion. Which means that those designers in receipt of NEWGEN sponsorship really are the ones to watch. This season, as the Topshop-sponsored award enters its tenth year, sponsorship has been awarded to fifteen designers including Holly Fulton, Thomas Tait, and Michael van der Ham. Their collections will be on display over the course of the week and should provide plenty of inspiration for aspiring fashionistas. If you want a slice of the NEWGEN action at a fraction of the price, Topshop are releasing a line of limited edition t-shirts designed by NEWGEN winners past and present to coincide with the beginning of fashion week on Friday.


The Bright Young Things

L-R: SS12 designs from Mary Katrantzou, Erdem, and Christopher Kane.

They’ve been around for a few seasons now, but these designers are still hotter than…anything right now, given the recent February weather. You’ve probably heard of Mary Katrantzou, who in addition to showing her AW12 collection on Tuesday morning also has a collection for Topshop out on Friday. Then there’s Christopher Kane, the darling of the fashion press (with good reason) and the design establishment. His AW12 show takes place next Monday, and is sure to be one of the hottest tickets in the capital. And Kane isn’t even 30 yet. There’s also Marios Schwab, Louise Gray, Meadham Kirchhoff and Erdem, all NEWGEN recipients that have now become firmly established labels.


The Heavyweights

Vivienne Westwood poses with models after her SS12 Red Label show.

The biggest name in British fashion at the moment is undoubtedly Burberry (see what we had to say about their BBC takeover here), but they’re not the only big-hitters showing in the city this year. Stella McCartney’s eponymous label is normally shown at Paris fashion week, but this Saturday she’s making a special presentation, which has led insiders to speculate as to whether she intends to make a more permanent return. There’s also grand dame of Brit fashion Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label, and king of the party dress Matthew Williamson, both showing on Sunday, and Alexander McQueen diffusion line McQ, which takes place on Monday evening.


The Front-Row Massive

The SS12 'frow at Burberry.

It’s good to know that however much time and effort goes into creating a fashion collection, you can be sure that the celebrities on the front row have spent just as much time choosing the perfect outfit, shoes, handbag, make-up, companions, refreshments, smartphone…you get the picture. The biggest celebrity turnout last season was probably for Burberry (quelle surprise) but there was barely a ‘frow in London (yeah, that’s what they’re called) that didn’t have a little sprinkling of stardust. This year, we expect to see plenty of luminaries such as Kate Moss, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Alexa Chung and er…probably Jaime Winstone. Yay.

London Fashion Week begins this Friday, 17th February. It's centred around Somerset House so that's where to head to, or avoid like the plague, depending on your inclination.

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