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Mother of Pearl and Katharine Hamnett star at London Fashion Week Festival

Lauretta Roberts
01 September 2018

Sustainable luxury brand Mother of Pearl and British fashion design legend and ethical fashion pioneer Katharine Hamnett are the headline acts for this season's London Fashion Week Festival.

The consumer-facing event, which takes place after the official London Fashion Week, will feature a catwalk show from Mother of Pearl on Thursday 20 September who will show its AW18 "see now, buy now" collection, fresh from having shown it to the industry at London Fashion Week.

Hamnett's show will take place on Friday 21 September followed by an intimate discussion in the Talks Gallery discussing her career this far, her positioning as a pioneer for sustainable fashion and her brand plans moving forward.

The festival, which combines shopping, catwalks, talks and other experiences, runs from 20-23 September at The Store Studios, 180 Strand, London, the same venue which houses London Fashion Week. Other highlights include a talk with Alice Black Co-director of the Design Museum to discuss co-curating the Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier exhibition with the late designer and telling the story of his life through the garments he created from the early 1980s to his most recent collection in 2017.

Model, activist and body positive ambassador, Charli Howard discusses body positivity and image in the fashion industry and self- care in the digital age while The Careers in Fashion Talk returns chaired by Glamour’s Fashion Director at large, Alexandra Fullerton, who explores opportunities in visual roles in fashion, from set design to art direction.

Around 14,000 visitors are expected at the event, which houses more 150 British and international brands in its shopping galleries. Tickets are now available priced from £20 to £200 and a limited edition tote bag, designed by BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2018 winner Molly Goddard will be included in Silver, Gold and LUXE ticket packages. A limited number will also be available to purchase at the event.

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