Lodon Fashion Week 2018 Overview
Written by olucapri on October 15, 2018
The London Fashion Week catwalk schedule, Designer Showrooms and DiscoveryLAB at The Store X, 180 Strand feature the very best of emerging and established names within the creative industries from fashion to music, art and design. London Fashion Week is a five-day event which ran from Friday 14th to Tuesday 18th September 2018 and featured 80 on-schedule designers; 54 of them hosting catwalk shows, 26 presentations and more than 20 events.
Over 100 designers showed their latest collections in the Designer Showrooms, the carefully curated exhibition of London Fashion Week. A curated area by the duo behind &FINALLY an online accessories platform, bringing a new dimension to the Designer Showrooms this season, creating space for more voices and new, exciting talent.
Following last season’s tremendous success, the DiscoveryLAB will continue to house an experiential zone for thinkers, makers, explorers and innovators across the landscape of fashion, art, technology and performance. The DiscoveryLAB witnessed presentations and activations from Clio Peppiatt, Emma Charles, FENGYI TAN, Gènavant, KALDA, Mark Fast, MARRKNULL, Micol Ragni, STEVE O SMITH, UNDERAGE and Wesley Harriott.
Chinese e-commerce powerhouse and London Fashion Week partner Vip.com hosted an exclusive show on Thursday 13th September to showcase unique collections from 4 Chinese designers, presenting at London Fashion Week for the first time: Mukzin, Bailuyu, A Life On The Left and Kisscat. The catwalk show will be live streamed on the VIP.com app, Discovery Channel and Tencent video https://v.qq.com/ giving all Vip.com customers a behind-the-scene glimpse of the event.
Burberry presented their first and much anticipated collection under Riccardo Tisci, new Chief Creative Officer on Monday while Victoria Beckham brought her show to the London schedule for the first time to celebrate a decade in business. ALEXACHUNG staged a catwalk to present her new collection while Jenny Packham returned to London to celebrate her brand’s 30th anniversary. Furthermore, MM6 Maison Margiela and Nicholas Kirkwood both presented full runway collections for the first time as part of LFW.
Molly Goddard, recipient of the 2018 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund showed on Saturday afternoon, followed by two-time winner at The Fashion Awards 2017 in partnership with Swarovski, Jonathan Anderson who presented a co-ed show for his eponymous label JW Anderson. On Saturday evening, Mary Katrantzou celebrated her brand’s 10th anniversary with a catwalk show while internationally acclaimed brands Anya Hindmarch, Delpozo, Johnstons of Elgin and Ports 1961 returned to the LFW schedule.
The NEWGEN 2018 line-up, the internationally celebrated BFC talent identification scheme includes Richard Malone opening the first day (Friday 14), Kiko Kostadinov, launching his womenswear collection (Friday 14), Matty Bovan (Friday 14), Halpern (Saturday 15), and Supriya Lele and Paula Knorr who both hosted presentations on Sunday 16 and Monday 17 respectively. Richard Quinn, recipient of the inaugural Queen Elizabeth Award for Design, closed London Fashion Week September 2018 on Tuesday 18. The NEWGEN Accessories designers Alighieri, Isosceles and The Season Hats all had a dedicated space in the Designer Showrooms with individual activations.
Other internationally celebrated designers including Alice Archer, Amanda Wakeley, Ashley Williams, Ashish, Aspinal of London, Bobby Abley, Bora Aksu, CHALAYAN, Christopher Kane, DAVID KOMA, Edeline Lee, Emilia Wickstead, ERDEM, Eudon Choi, Faustine Steinmetz, Fashion East, FYODOR GOLAN, Gareth Pugh, Gayeon Lee, House of Holland, Huishan Zhang, Isa Arfen, J. JS Lee, Jamie Wei Huang, Jasper Conran, JULIEN MACDONALD, Malene Oddershede Bach, Margaret Howell, Markus Lupfer, Marta Jakubowski, minki, Mother of Pearl, Mulberry, NABIL NAYAL, Natasha Zinko, Nicopanda, On|Off Presents…, OSMAN, Pam Hogg, palmer//harding, Paul Costelloe, Peter Pilotto, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Pringle of Scotland, pushBUTTON, REJINA PYO, Roberta Einer, Roksanda, Roland Mouret, Ryan LO, Sadie Williams, Simone Rocha, steventai and Teatum Jones, Temperley London, TOGA, Xiao Li, XU ZHI and Zandra Rhodes were on schedule to showcase their latest collections. Other new additions to the schedule included Gayeon Lee, Nabil Nayal and RIXO London.