London Fashion Week February 2023
London Fashion Week is the second in the calendar for those in fashion and design after New York kicks off the season. This year, it’s going to be an incredible showcase of British designers based both in the UK and internationally. The event kicks off on Friday, 17th February and ends on Tuesday 21st February.
London Fashion Week first began in 1984 in a car park and has since grown to be the iconic celebrity-filled festival that we have today. Organised by the British Fashion Council, it is a large part of many designers’ year and is classed as the most eccentric of the Fashion Weeks.
As well as the traditional catwalks, the BFC also have a mini festival that is designed for consumers and more high street retailers. With lots to see and do, it’s definitely worth staying close by to be in the middle of all the action.
What’s taking place?
The Fashion Weeks have a theme, and this year it’s Active Alliance for Positive Fashion. Expect to see lots of talk about sustainable fashion, innovation and how a variety of subcultures are shaping fashion.
From Friday morning, it’s a jam-packed schedule from 9am of catwalk shows ranging from Paul Costelloe to Edward Crutchley and the London College of Fashion, UAL who all have shows scheduled.
There are shows from 9am to 9pm and many people dip in and out of the shows to see the designers they want to see or who they think will have the biggest showcase. Some big names are having their shows over the weekend, including Ingrid Kraftchenko, Scott Henshall and Julien Macdonald.
There is also a show from the Ukrainian Fashion Week where three Ukrainian designers will get to be part of the catwalk, this takes place on the final day of the fashion week at 10am and will be a show to watch out for.
However, the shows are not open to general members of the public, most of the audience members are from various other designers, magazines and publications and design agencies or even fashion students. You can apply for tickets, but general public ones are few and far between.
The off-schedule shows are more open to the public than the on-schedule shows. Look out for tickets on various ticket websites and look for smaller designers who are looking to get set in the design world with their shows. Eventbrite normally has various shows for sale, so we recommend looking around to see what is available.
Staying in Pimlico will give you the chance to be close to the action, some designers have pop-up shops within Covent Garden markets so being a stone’s throw away will mean you can get there nice and early to get the very best of what they have to offer first.
London Fashion Week is a very popular time of year, so there are also a lot of celebrities and fashion insiders around. You can often do some great celebrity spotting and figure out which shows they’re going to.
Staying at the Belgrave Hotel will get you close to all the action and mean you can see everything you want to during London Fashion Week without having to go too far. Book your room with us to make sure you don’t miss out on any part of it.