Everyone still with us? No? Perfect, keep reading. Fashion month seemingly never ends, as we’re now in week 6 of the global schedule. This week saw all eyes back on London, for a jam-packed lineup of shows, parties and events that were rescheduled from the original week which fell in the UK’s national period of mourning.
We saw Raf Simons make his London debut at Printworks, transforming a bar into a catwalk with a tightly-coordinated tablecloth swipe, as well as big old brands throwing big old parties in celebration of new collections, drops, or just for the sake of it. With all of this coinciding with Frieze Art Fair, there’s a lot to get into.
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN @ THE STANDARD
The Standard has quickly become the destination of choice for the fashion set – with its unparalleled views of London and the St.Pancras Renaissance hotel forming the background of most of our IG feeds for a while now. It made sense then, that Alexander McQueen would hire out a whole floor to throw its afterparty. From fish and chip canapés to Janet Jackson in the building, it was a fitting end to a huge day for the brand, who had just shown their SS23 collection down in Greenwich.
OFF-WHITE BATHED IN BLUE
Whilst the McQueen party was a red light affair, Off-White was bathed in blue. Taking over a repurposed church in Westminster, the brand interspersed minimal techno with arresting live musical performances – showcasing the brand’s commitment to creativity in all forms, whilst tying it into the last show and collection with the signature deep blue hues.
RAF THREW A RAVE
In a massive loss for the London club scene, Printworks is in its final season before closing for a soulless redevelopment. Normally playing host to 10,000 strong raves, last night saw it transformed into a fashion show for Raf Simons’ London debut. Coming in as the last show of the season (we promise), we saw lots of classic Raf tailoring, standout leather coats, and the reappearance of Raf’s iconic skeleton arm cuffs. It is spooky season, after all.
MONCLER BROUGHT THE ICE
Be prepared for a year of Moncler-isms, as the brand celebrates its 70th anniversary with a series of events across the globe. Off the back of their blockbuster Milan show which saw 2000 Moncler-clad dancers take to the Piazza de Duomo, the brand made its way to London for an exhibition and presentation which dived into the brand’s history of exploration and expedition, side by side. The multidisciplinary project saw 7 designers take on the brand’s Maya jacket, reinterpreting it in their own distinct design codes, as well as spotlighting archival Moncler pieces, including one of the earliest Moncler puffer jackets, originally designed for an expedition in The Alps. An evening of culture and the cold nestled in amongst the sweaty parties of this week.
CLOGS O’CLOCK @ DSM
Honey Dijon has been everywhere this fashion month – attending shows, playing after parties (often multiple per night) as well as releasing collaborative collections of her own. The latest? A collab with Scholl – producing three footwear styles that have already been spotted on-foot throughout the city. Combining Scholl’s iconic wooden soles with metal hardware detailing and lux faux fur, these clogs do it all, and as Honey has no doubt made sure of, sound as good as they look.
Everybody Frieze: one of the world’s most famous art fairs is back in town. With the actual art showings predominantly taking place in Regent’s Park, there have also been a handful of dinners and after-showings that have drawn global faces and art fanatics alike into the city. Bringing together over 280 galleries from 42 countries, with specially curated sections, the two fairs celebrate the creative spirit of the city. Great week to be an art hoe.
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