Once again London’s most stylish weekend is set to take over The Store X and you can get even more out of your visit by saving up to 20% on ticket prices with Global Blue.
London Fashion Week Festival heralds the start of the autumn/winter 2018/19 season with a weekend-long event of catwalk shows, designer shopping and talks from fashion industry experts, all taking place under one roof. The festival offers visitors the chance to get as close to London Fashion Week as possible, with top British designers and exclusive access to some of the biggest names in the business. If you’re thinking of attending this season’s event, then here are the 10 need-to-know facts about the London Fashion Week Festival.
It takes place at the same venue as London Fashion Week
The Store X is one of the coolest and most sought-after venues in the city, and London Fashion Week relocated there in 2017. It is home to exhibitions and installations, including Louis Vuitton Series 3 and, more recently, Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs film sets, which drew over 50,000 visitors. As well as hosting London Fashion Week in February and September, the space also houses London Fashion Week Men’s in January and July so there could be no better place to explore the best of British fashion.
It lasts for four days
The 2018 London Fashion Week Festival is the longest yet and the event takes place from 11am on Thursday 20 September to 6pm on Sunday 23 September. Thursday evening’s events run until 9pm while visitors can peruse the shops and activities until 8pm on Friday and Saturday. Although your ticket will give you an allocated time slot to attend the event, this year there is plenty of time for everyone.
Molly Goddard designed this year’s tote bags
Winner of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2018, British designer Molly Goddard’s fun, frothy and feminine designs have found success across the world. With A-list fans including Rihanna, Goddard’s over the top tulle creations have cemented her as a name to know on the London fashion scene. Ahead of the London Fashion Week Festival, Goddard has announced that she will be designing the event’s official tote bag. The red gingham print was used in the brand’s autumn/winter 2018 show, although not in the way you might expect. ‘This is the print we used for our last show’s crew T-shirts. They are always really special as they celebrate all the work everyone puts into the show and we wanted to share this!’ Goddard explains.
Tickets start from just £20
While the London Fashion Week Festival has all the makings of one of the city’s most exclusive luxury events, ticket prices start from just £20, making the event more accessible than ever. If you are craving a little more glamour you can opt for silver tickets for £45 or gold tickets from £60. Basic festival tickets include entry to the event and access to industry insider talks, while silver-ticket holders receive a limited-edition tote bag and entry to a catwalk show, and a gold ticket will get you into two catwalk shows: trend and designer. To save 20% on festival entry and silver tickets and 10% on Luxe* tickets this season quote code GLOBAL when purchasing online.
There are over 150 brands to shop
With all the glamour of the catwalk shows and fascinating talks it could be easy to forget the main draw of the London Fashion Week Festival – the shopping. From emerging British and international brands to top designers, there is something to suit every taste and budget when it comes to indulging in some retail therapy. Men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, accessories and jewellery fill the space; be sure to keep your eyes peeled as many brands offer exclusive discounts just for the festival.
You can shop tax free with Global Blue
As one of the sponsors of the London Fashion Week Festival, Global Blue is on hand to help with all of your tax free shopping needs. Those visiting the festival from outside the EU should be sure to stop by the Global Blue Refund Office to learn how you can save up to 11% on any purchase over £30.
There is advice on how to kick-start your career in fashion
If you are a budding photographer, designer, stylist or influencer then the London Fashion Week Festival is a great place to get career advice from the experts. With 17 talks taking place across the weekend you can pick the one that suits you best, from Who What Wear & Byrdie: Living Your Best Instagram Life to a talk from the curator of the hugely successful Azzedine Alaïa exhibition at the Design Museum. Each of these hugely inspiring talks could be just the thing to kick-start your career or help you to discover a brand-new passion. Be sure to include your preferred talk when booking your ticket to guarantee a seat.
You can see the key trends for autumn/winter 2018
There are two types of catwalk show at London Fashion Week Festival: designer and trend. The designer shows offer a chance to see collections from some of London Fashion Week’s best designers, with Bobby Abley and Georgia Hardinge both confirmed among the leading names this year. Trend shows give an insight into the biggest trends to shop this season. This September these include Prim & Prom, Check Mates and Prints Charming. Check out a trend catwalk before exploring the shops to make sure your purchases are perfect for the new season.
You can sit front row at the catwalk shows with a Luxe ticket
Alongside the gold and silver options, there is another way to experience London Fashion Week Festival – the VIP way. With Luxe and Luxe Plus tickets, you can sit front row at a catwalk show, enjoy a welcome reception with prosecco and have access to the exclusive Luxe Lounge. As well as these amazing perks, you’ll have access to a private till point and shopping concierge service to make it even easier to browse the 150 brands on offer.
You could meet Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council, as well as other top industry insiders
With the purchase of a Luxe Plus ticket for Thursday or Friday evening, visitors will be invited to an exclusive drinks reception with Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council. On top of this, after you sit front row at a designer catwalk show, you will have access to an exclusive Q&A with the designer themselves, an invaluable opportunity for anyone looking to pursue a career in design. If you opt for a Luxe ticket you will also be treated to a style talk from a leading fashion editor, ensuring you are perfectly on trend for the season ahead.
*offer excludes Saturday tickets and Luxe Plus tickets