Monday, April 19News For London

Fashion Week kicks off in London

The 63rd edition of London Fashion Week (LFW) has returned to Brewer Street Car Park on Friday.

See highlights from the shows of the first day above.

Over the coming five days, the mega event will see 83 designers showcase their Autumn/Winter 2016 collections to buyers, fashion press and guests. This season’s ranges include ready-to wear, footwear, jewellery, bags and multi-label showrooms.

Although the audience of London Fashion Week has traditionally been restricted to fashion industry insiders and VIPs only, this year guests can watch shows live on 60 outdoor screens across the country. Thanks to British Fashion Council’s collaboration with Ocean Outdoor, screens have been set up in Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle. London’s screening venues include Canary Wharf, Holland Park roundabout, Two Towers West, Piccadilly Circus and Westfield.

British brands returning to LFW for Autumn/Winter 2016 include Alexander McQueen, who will return to the ramp for the first time in 14 years on Sunday. Mulberry is also returning on Sunday under the new direction of new Creative Director, Johnny Coca.

On the first day of the LFW, Natalie Massenet, the chairwoman of the British Fashion Council and founder of Net-a-Porter, was honoured at Buckingham Palace for her services to the fashion and retail industries.

This year’s edition of LFW is expected to reach around 35 million people across the UK. The event runs until Tuesday.

Sub-editor: Anushka Gurnaney