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  • London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 Preview

    London Fashion Week returns with its Spring/Summer 2015 collection, and it is set to be a fashion extravaganza! DESIblitz gives you the lowdown, including the showcasing designers.

    London Fashion Week

    For sequins galore and a unique mix of glamour and sportswear, Ashish is the designer to check out!

    With big names like Julien Macdonald and high street brand Topshop plus a whole host of new talent, London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 promises to be quite a show.

    Recent statistics have found over the past five years that the UK fashion sector has grown considerably: it is now worth £26 billion, increasing from £21 billion in 2009. Such figures show the continuing importance of this dynamic industry in the UK and its huge significance to our economy.

    Organised by the British Fashion Council, London Fashion Week (LFW) first took place in 1984. It is classed as one of the ‘big four’ fashion weeks, along with Paris, New York and Milan, and offers up some of the best designers worldwide.

    With LFW currently in its 30th year, it is understandably one of the highest profile fashion events in the world. This creative industry continues to flourish due to the hard work of innovative designers and the success of such hugely popular fashion events.

    Taking place at Somerset House in Central London, attendees of LFW will enjoy fashion shows, presentations, showrooms and more. 80 designers are expected to show presentations or catwalk collections over a 5-day schedule.

    Plus there are over 170 UK and international exhibitors showcasing in the Designer Showrooms. This includes ready-to-wear and accessory designers, both established and up-and-coming.

    A massive turn-up is likely – over 5,000 visitors are expected, from buyers to press. It is reported that the event’s media coverage ‘equals or exceeds most major news and international sporting events’. Live-streaming and social media also allow the public to get in on the experience.

    Below, DESIblitz provide a day-by-day summary and running order of the designers set to showcase at LFW Spring/Summer 2015:

    Day 1: Friday 12th September

    London Fashion Week

    The first day of LFW sets the bar for an exciting range of designers. There’s global brand Daks, a luxury fashion house famous for its ready-to-wear tailoring.

    Amanda Wakeley also makes her return to the LFW schedule this season, best known for her glamorous evening and cocktail dresses.

    Also ready to showcase their chic designs is J. JS Lee, a ‘Fashion Forward’ recipient. Her signature is minimalist and modernist tailoring, including sleek androgynous pieces.

    Joining these designers on the runway will be Faustine Steinmetz, Bora Aksu, Teatum Jones, Eudon Choi, Trager Delaney, Jean-Pierre Braganza, Shrimps, Fyodor Golan, Paul Costelloe, Felder Felder, and Christopher Raeburn.

    Day 2: Saturday 13th September

    London Fashion Week

    With his first London Fashion Week show in 1998, fashion favourite Julien Macdonald is still wowing with his classy designs, and he will walk the runway on Day 2.

    A new addition this season is Joseph, offering signature knitwear and classic garments with a modern twist, perfect for Spring.

    With a background in theatrical hat making, ‘Fashion Forward’ Nasir Mazhar puts a twist on the conventional baseball cap. His innovative and eclectic street-style headwear is influenced by sports, hip hop and animal print.

    Other ones to look out for on Saturday are Barbara Casasola, Orla Kiely, Jasper Conran, Lulu & Co, Emilia Wickstead, Antipodium, Markus Lupfer, Sibling, Danielle Romeril, Hunter Original, Holly Fulton, J.W. Anderson, 1205, Whistles, House of Holland, Lucas Nascimento, Marchesa and KTZ.

    Day 3: Sunday 14th September

    London Fashion Week

    On Sunday, shoe designer Sophia Webster will present her feminine, stylish range, combining classy with modern.

    We see luxury lifestyle brand Belstaff return to LFW, offering refined sportswear and outerwear. Further global brands showcasing on this day include Pringle of Scotland and Matthew Williamson.

    You can also see Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Mulberry, Margaret Howell, Richard Nicoll, Marios Schwab, Palmer/Harding (Women’s), Temperley London, Toga, Topshop Unique, Ashley Williams, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood Red Label, Mary Katrantzou, David Koma, and Jonathan Saunders.

    Day 4: Monday 15th September

    London Fashion Week

    Big name brands showcasing on Day 4 include Burberry Prorsum and Antonio Berardi. Issa is back this season with their classic feminine draping and vibrant print designs.

    New addition Mother of Pearl blend their signature sportswear with luxury fabrics, and Christopher Kane is a new establishment designer with a love for detail and embellishment.

    Also showcasing are Mulberry, Roksanda, Erdem, Michael van der Ham, Issa, Huishan Zhang, Thomas Tait, Peter Pilotto, Giles, and Tom Ford.

    Day 5: Tuesday 16th September

    London Fashion Week

    Some of this season’s BFC NEWGEN (sponsored by Topshop) designers include Marques’Almeida, Simone Rocha and Ryan Lo.

    New establishment designer Meadham Kirchhoff describe their trademark feminine designs to be ‘executed in an old fashioned manner’.

    For sequins galore and a unique mix of glamour and sportswear, Ashish is the designer to check out!

    Make sure you don’t miss Osman, Anya Hindmarch, Fashion East, Tata Naka, Emilio de la Morena, Isa Arfen, and H by Hakaan Yildirim on Day 5 either.

    Covering a range of styles from bespoke to high street, LFW looks to tend to all fashion lovers’ needs. Whether you’re into chic, minimalist designs or you prefer glamorous, luxury items, this spectacular event will have it all for fashion fanatics.

    This much-anticipated event looks to be yet another incredible fashion extravaganza. London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 will take place between Friday 12th and Tuesday 16th of September, 2014.

    Grace is a first class Media and Communications graduate who is passionate about top quality journalism. She loves reading, writing and being creative. She believes: ‘You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.'

    Photos Courtesy of London Fashion Week Facebook page


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