10 things to love at London Fashion Week SS17
Inspired by the Spice Girls and Barbie, MOLLY GODDARD – who shot to fame when Rihanna stepped out in her acid green tulle ball dress - makes her solo runway debut this season. It’ll be fascinating to see how Goddard translates the anarchism of her presentations onto the catwalk. Also gaining own shows for the first time, Chinese-born CSM MA graduate Huishan Zhang and Woolmark Prize winners Teatum Jones.
MATTY BOVAN takes a well-deserved place alongside existing Fashion Easters Richard Malone, Mimi Wade and AV Robertson. A recent CSM MA graduate, Bovan came away from his final year with one of the school’s LVMH Prizes, and is currently working in the Louis Vuitton design studio. Bovan blends traditional and experimental materials and craftsmanship to create deeply evocative mish mashes.
Super talented accessories designer and blogger FRED BUTLER launches a lovely book about London. It’s a London Thing: An Insider City Guide encompasses the bars, nightclubs, museums, stores, restaurants and parks that Butler has come to love in her decade in the city; similarly talented buds including Zandra Rhodes and NTS Radio founder Femi Adeyemi offer their insights.
In the 1960s, politics and the fight against the establishment was taken to the streets. Meanwhile, the rapid increase in personal wealth fed the expansion of consumerism. From Woodstock to Carnaby, YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 at the V&A encompasses over 350 posters, fashion, photographs, and artefacts which illustrate four years of cultural and economic upheavel to show just how much they continue to shape modern cultural history. https://www.vam.ac.uk/
Another exhibition - smaller but just as inspiring, London’s latest gallery Maison Mais Non gallery hosts THE EXTRAORDINARY PROCESS. Developed last year by the late Zaha Hadid and Design Research Lab founder Patrik Schumacher, the exhibit looks at the impact of technology on fashion and architecture, with a particular focus on Hadid’s collaborations with other creatives. The exhibition is curated by the formidable Lou Stoppard from SHOWStudio. Till November 16. www.maisonmaisnon.com
Catwalk shows will never be the same again. TOPSHOP is moving its Topshop Unique showspace from the Tate to Old Spitalfields Market this season, where it’ll be launching its Runway to Retail initiative. Shoppers will be able to buy select styles from the collection straight after the show amidst a host of other pop up stalls featuring young and indie designers. Shop the show here: www.topshop.com
NASIR MAZHAR teams up with Topman, blending his take on urban grime, garage and dancehall with the high street store’s commercial sensibilities. In contrast to Masher’s usual fare, prices range from £25 to £80. ‘My vision has always been that everyone should be able to have my pieces in their wardrobe,’ Mazhar explained. Now they can. www.Topman.com
Shoe lovers, delight. Vogue/BFC Designer Fashion Fund winner and creator of the glorious confection-like footwear, SOPHIA WEBSTER is designing the official tote for London Fashion Weekend. The pretty bag features a print of peacock feathers from Webster’s SS17 collection. London Fashion Weekend takes place at the Saatchi Gallery, September 22-26, after London Fashion Week.
Frankfurt-born PAULA KNORR’s glamorous aesthetic has won her a place with Topshop Newgen this season. She’s a worthy addition to the rosta. RCA grad and winner of the ITS Fashion Award 2015, Knorr uses ‘wet skin’ looks to explore womanhood and femininity. Her debut collection was governed by a personal exploration of 25 women and their thoughts and anxieties. www.paulaknorr.uk
BURBERRY demonstrates its commitment to British crafts, dispensing with its enormous white marquis in Kensington Gardens and moving to Soho’s Makers House. Here, during the week, the brand has invited talented artists, designers and creators including calligrapher Rosalind Wyatt and silversmith Grant McCaig to showcase work inspired by the collection. https: //uk.burberry.com