WHAT’S ON: London For The Fashion Lover
The sprawling metropolis of London ranks alongside other European fashion centres, such as Paris and Milan, as one of the best cities in the word in which to pursue an interest in fashion. Not only are the streets teeming with fascinating fashion case studies and evenings out populated by partygoers parading every trend imaginable, but the event calendar is filled with enough fashion shows, displays and exhibitions to keep you busy all year round. Here we take a look at three must-see events taking place over the next few months.
Paul Smith Exhibition – Design Museum
Paul Smith has become somewhat of a national treasure in the fashion world, producing iconic designs in menswear, womenswear and home over a long and hugely successful career. The designer’s trademark flourishes, which include pinstripes, Union Jacks and eccentric linings, will all be on show at this new exhibition, though it will largely focus on the environments in which Smith works. Included in the exhibition will also be a recreation of his actual office (which you can see in my here), a retelling of the story of his career and a rebuilding of his first store.
‘Hello, My Name Is Paul Smith’, 15 November – 09 March 2014, Design Museum
The Glamour Of Bellville Sassoon – Fashion and Textile Museum
This exhibition honours another British fashion institution, the couture label Bellville Sassoon. Famous for clothing some of the most iconic and glamorous women in the world, the label is primarily remembered as the foremost design house for high fashion in the 1950’s, though the exhibition will follow the label’s work through the periods in which Sassoon and Mullany were in charge. Sure to be full of interesting information and anecdotes, the displays will have an appeal far beyond existing fans of the label.
‘The Glamour Of Bellville Sassoon’, 20 September – 11 January 2014, Fashion & Textile Museum
Snowy Fingers Vintage Night Market – The Round Chapel Auditorium
As December rolls on in, you’ll witness the ‘christmas-isation’ of every event and product possible. Snowy Fingers Market, a winter adaptation from the people behind the popular Dusty Fingers Vintage night markets, is no exception. Located at the Round Chapel, this market offers a variety of Christmas goods, but the real buys can be found amongst the myriad examples of jewellery, winter hats, accessories and vintage clothing on offer.
‘Snowy Fingers Vintage Night Market’, December 3 2013, The Round Chapel Auditorium, London