London Fashion Week kicks off!

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  • Get the lowdown on what to look out for during London Fashion Week spring/summer 2013

    Yes, fashion fans, it really is that time of year again, as London Fashion Week kicked off this morning for the spring/summer 2013 season.

    In what is set to be another storming fashion week, the bumper schedule of must-see shows and glitzy parties looks certain to continue the feel-good factor in the British capital following the success of London’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    But which shows should you be looking out for? Which parties will be wall-to-wall A-list guests? And what can we expect to be the defining moments of LFW spring/summer 2013?

    Design duo Antoni & Alison kicked things off with a show at the official London Fashion Week showspace at Somerset House this morning, whilst tomorrow New York-based label Rag & Bone will make its LFW debut, which is surely going to be the hottest ticket in town this weekend.

    Founders of the brand, David Neville and Marcus Wainwright, are British and the London catwalk show follows on from the opening of the label’s first European flagship store on Sloane Square in July. What’s more, Rag & Bone tapped Londoner Kate Moss for its first ever advertising campaign for autumn/winter 2012, so we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for La Moss on the front row.


    Issa London, one of the Middleton sisters’ favourite labels, is also on the Saturday schedule, but while the Duchess of Cambridge is on a Diamond Jubilee tour with husband Prince William in Malaysia, Pippa could be free and able to attend.

    Sunday will see Preen return to show on home turf after five seasons in New York, as well as the first Topshop Unique show under the guidance of new creative director Kate Phelan. We can’t wait to see what she and Topshop have in store for us, but there’s good news even if you’re not lucky enough to get a ticket in the post. Not only can you watch the show live on, but eager shoppers will be able to snap up select pieces from the collection a mere eight weeks later. The high street giant has also teamed up with Facebook to allow fashion fans to ‘customise’ pieces from the show online, take pics of their favourite looks and post photos to an array of social media platforms. Genius!

    Fashion big hitters Burberry Prorsum and Mulberry will show on Monday and Tuesday respectively. We expect the upcoming Burbs show to attract a typically star-studded front row and be the week’s most high-tech production (who can forget last season’s rainy finale?!), whilst the latter is set to be a collection jam-packed with dreamy, romantic pieces, if the label’s just-released water-colour teaser video is anything to go by (see below).

    Other highlights are sure to include man-of-the-moment J.W.Anderson’s show on Monday, as well as several after-hours events including milliner Philip Treacy’s post-show bash (we’ve heard rumours of several musical icons attending), and parties dotted across town hosted by the likes of Kenzo, Vivienne Westwood and Topshop.

    Phew, we’re exhausted just thinking about it! Luckily, the Marie Claire fashion team are being ferried about by the lovely folk at Mercedes Benz

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