London Fashion Week: What’s On For AW16

Caroline Leaper

Burberry SS16 Fashion Show

Fashion month is upon us! And as our editors get set to take over New York, London, Milan and Paris, we’ll be bringing you all the action as it happens. These are the events you need to know about...

London Fashion Week
Dates: 19th – 23rd February 2016


Meet Johnny Coca…
The new Mr Mulberry is more of a Hedi Slimane rocker than countryside dweller and he’s about to shake up our heritage Somerset brand, Mulberry, with his debut show on Sunday 21st February. Spaniard Johnny was formerly Celine’s head accessories designer before being appointed in July last year – his collection will be LFW’s biggest talking point.


Charlotte Olympia Makes Her Runway Debut... 
Queen of quirky heels, Charlotte Dellal is bringing her designs to the LFW runway for the first time on Friday 19th February. She usually delivers a static presentation of her accessories in Paris, so, we’re wondering, could she be launching ready-to-wear? Have all eyes on her Instagram and watch out for clues.


Alexander McQueen Returns To London... 
Oh yes. The ultimate London label is returning to home soil. Creative Director Sarah Burton is bringing the McQueen show back from Paris, adding a heavyweight name to the schedule on Sunday 21st February.


Milan Fashion Week
Dates: 24th February – 1st March 2016


Gucci’s Reinvention Continues... 
Alessandro Michele’s adoring fans will get their next fashion fix on Wednesday 24th February, as the designer of the moment presents his latest collection for Gucci.


The Sustainable Fashion Party... 
Another city, another discussion about the changing face of fashion week. The Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (the Italian fashion council) is hosting an event on Monday 29th February, to talk about sustainability in the industry, both from an ecological and economical perspective.

Paris Fashion Week
Dates: 1st – 9th March 2016


Vetements For Balenciaga... 

Mr Demna Gvasalia is the new name to know, as the founder of hot new label Vetements gets set to take over haute institution Balenciaga after Alexander Wang’s departure. His first collection as Artistic Director will be shown on Sunday 6th March and we can’t wait to see what he’s done with the place.


Paris’s New Guard... 
Vetements, Ellery, Courreges and Jacquemus; four cool new brands set to shake up Paris’s fashion calendar. Usually reserved for mega-brands – the Chanels, Diors and Louis Vuittons of this world- we think it’s high time that PFW welcomed some new talent. And these designers more than do the job.


Lanvin’s Whodunnit?
We know that Dior will present a ‘faceless’ collection after Raf Simons shock departure last season. But who will be taking the reigns from Alber Elbaz at Lanvin? Perhaps the brand will also keep things low key, asking the in-house collective design team to produce the season. Or perhaps they might just surprise us all, revealing a new figurehead during PFW? We certainly hope so...


And the events you've missed...
New York Fashion Week
Dates: 11th – 18th February 2016


Diane von Furstenberg Changes Our World... 
CFDA president Diane announced last season that she would be re-thinking her fashion week show format and on Sunday 14th February, she’ll deliver the first new-concept presentation, putting consumer demand first. ‘We have designers, retailers and everybody complaining about the shows,’ she told WWD. ‘Something’s not right anymore because of social media, people are confused.’ Quite what her new style will be? We’re very, very intrigued.


Rihanna x Puma…

Kinda following in the footsteps of Kanye West x Adidas, Rihanna and Puma are teaming up, bringing a new sports-luxe collection to the NYFW schedule. Stay tuned for an extra-starry front row on Friday 12th February.


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