London Fashion Week is a clothing trade show which takes place in London twice a year; February and September.
The event began in 1984 in a West London car park, with vibrant catwalk shows and exhibitions.
The event continued to flourish until the nineties, when the recession resulted in only a handful of designers being chosen to show off their collections in a few rooms at the Ritz, in 1992.
The late 90s welcomed Stella McCartney where she experienced great success with her first collection, which completely sold out after her 1995 spring/summer show. Later in the decade, size 14, Sophie Dahl, caused a commotion when strutting down the runway, igniting a debate about the lack of ‘real women’ in fashion; a topic that’s still on-going today.
Today, London Fashion Week spans five days and features a variety of big names, showing just how far the event has come.
Exhibiting at London Fashion Week raises the profile of brands with International designers showcasing from Dubai, Finland and South Korea.
The UK continues to be an attractive location for a variety of designer businesses of any size.
Of the four fashion capitals; London, Paris, Milan and New York, London is the only city that holds the Designer Showrooms in the same venue as the official British Fashion Council Show and Presentation Space.
Showcasing in these designer showrooms allow brands to develop relationships with the leading global stores, along with increasing their exposure to top international journalists, publications and stylists
One Warwick Park Hotel is only a short walk to Tunbridge Wells train station and with only an hour’s train journey to London, you can enjoy a comfortable night’s stay with a hearty breakfast ready for the busy day ahead.
Or why not try out some of the local designer stores along the Pantiles or Tunbridge Wells High Street. We’ve put together our favourite local stores that are only a short walking distance from the hotel.
Fenwick’s Tunbridge Wells; open since 1992: One of Kent’s most chic shopping destinations, offering luxury extravagance with both British and International male and female designer collections.
Hobbs London: Luxury design at affordable prices. Current, yet timeless collections with contemporary cuts, feminine shaping and traditional craftsmanship.
Caroline Charles London: One of the original designers of London Fashion Week, Caroline’s clothes quickly became popular especially with many celebrities including Lulu, Cilla Black and Diana Princess of Wales.
Paul Costelloe; Hooper’s Department Store: Top quality designer menswear, Paul Costelloe is one of the most established names in British fashion. The brand has previously been invited to open London Fashion week for 7 seasons!
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