London Fashion Week is traditionally recognised as the greatest platform for emerging talent. But as the autumn/winter 2019 schedule proves, the city’s young talent is now supported by a structure of establishment brands set to draw bigger crowds to the British capital than ever before.
The Big Shots
Last season,Victoria Beckham relocated her show to Londonin celebration of her tenth anniversary. Her homecoming proved so successful we get to keep her at least for another season when she presents her new collection on February 17th. Dame Vivienne Westwood is upgrading previous seasons’ presentation format of her Vivienne Westwood label – not to be confused with Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood, which shows in Paris – to a runway show on the same day. And in the evening, Burberry – who premiered a collaboration with Westwood last year – will unveil the sophomore collection of Riccardo Tisci, who made his debut for the British heritage brand last season.
All eyes are on the Central Saint Martinsrunway on February 15th when the prestigious fashion school showcases its MA graduate designers, some of which will inevitably end up on future Fashion East podiums. First, however, the umbrella show curated by Lulu Kennedy gives us this season’s hopes on February 17th. Two days before, on February 15th, Fashion East alumni Asai and Symonds Permain will stage their respective standalone shows. Also making her runway-format debut is Shrimps, who takes to the runway on February 19th.
Not to be confused with the new establishment such as Erdem, Christopher Kane or Mary Katrantzou, the next-generation designers fall into the bracket that’s not quite emerging anymore but still young. After another season of critical acclaim, it’s full steam ahead for Richard Quinn on February 19th. That too very much goes for Halpern and Matty Bovan, who are back with a vengeance on February 16th and 15th, respectively. Rejina Pyo will present her fourth show on February 18th, joined by Richard Malone, who stages his second standalone show on the same day. In womenswear news, Wales Bonner relocates from the London men’s schedule with a show on February 17th.