Legendary British designer Zandra Rhodes and Nicola Formichetti's Nicopanda are two of the headliners for the London Fashion Week Festival, the consumer-facing fashion event, which takes place after London Fashion Week itself.
Zandra Rhodes will be showing her Archive collection on the Designer Runway on Thursday (22 February) while Nicopanda will show its playful ready to wear and accessories on the Sunday (25 February). Juicy Couture, the US brand famous for its velour tracksuits which has been undergoing a return to favour of late, will also stage a runway show.
Digital influencer and founder of Fashion Me Now, Lucy Williams, will curate part of the shopping galleries this season bringing together a mix of established and emerging designers across womenswear, menswear, accessories and jewellery while Senior Fashion Director of LOVE magazine, Steve Morriss will be the stylist for the Designer Trend shows.
A number of talks at the event will also take place featuring names such as fashion icon Daphne Guinness; menswear buyer Darren Skey; The Gal-Dem Collective; Fiorucci CEO Janie Schaffer; designers Markus Lupfer (who will be designing the event's official tote bag) and Orla Kiely; lifestyle entrepreneur Deliciously Ella; digital influencers Jim Chapman; Lucy Williams and Niomi Smart as well as a careers in fashion talk from top fashion executives. The Sheer Luxe series will present fashion expert Trinny Woodall in conversation and a panel discussion of fashion influencers on making trends wearable and additionally River Island will host a series of curated talks.
This season immersive experiences will also be offered for the first time. The British Fashion Council, which owns the event, has partnered with Another_Space to offer Yoga sessions on Friday and Saturday on the runway space while Embellished Talk will hold one hour workshops throughout the Saturday giving guests the opportunity to learn the art of embellishment.
Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive, British Fashion Council commented: “We are excited to announce 2018’s new iteration of London Fashion Week Festival which aims to give consumers not only insight and experience of the fashion industry, but an unrivalled weekend of style, innovation, shopping and wellbeing. From iconic Zandra Rhodes on the catwalk, to curated spaces by industry insiders Steve Morriss and Lucy Williams and panel discussions from Daphne Guinness and Deliciously Ella, the weekend celebrates the creative breadth and depth of London.”
The London Fashion Week Festival welcomes 1,400 guests across its four days and this year takes place from 22-25 February at The Store Studios, 180 Strand, London WC2R. Tickets are now available to purchase at www.londonfashionweekfestival.com