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5 Things to Know About London Fashion Week

12:58 PM 9/14/2017

by Stephanie Chan

The 66th edition of LFW kicks off Sept. 15, with celeb-loved Ralph & Russo debuting ready-to-wear, and wraps Sept. 19 with Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid presenting TOMMYNOW.

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  • Ralph & Russo Will Debut Ready-to-Wear Collection

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    British fashion house Ralph & Russo, which focused on haute couture when it was established in 2007, will kick off London Fashion Week with the debut of its ready-to-wear collection.

    The luxury label, which was founded by creative director Tamara Ralph and CEO Michael Russo, counts a number of famous faces as fans, including Rihanna, Zendaya, Jennifer Lawrence and Angelina Jolie, who had the chance to wear a look from the RTW range at the Toronto Film Festival.

    Ralph & Russo opened its first showroom and atelier in 2013, before setting up shop inside Harrods in 2015. The label, which currently has 300 employees at its atelier in London, has no intentions of slowing down, either; it plans to open four stores in the U.S. this year.

    If Ralph & Russo's haute couture designs are any indication of what's to come, you can bet RTW will be just as elegant and elaborate — but on a (slightly) more affordable scale.

  • Fiorucci Opens London Flagship

    Fiorucci, the Italian fashion label founded by the late Elio Fiorucci, who died in 2015, is setting up shop in Soho, London.

    The designer opened his first Fiorucci store in Milan's Galleria Passarella in 1967 after being exposed to the stylish scene of Swinging London, so it's only fitting that the label should return here now. The lifestyle shop expanded to King's Road in London in 1975, to East 59th Street in New York in 1976, where it became known as "the daytime Studio 54" and hangout for Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor and Cher, and eventually to Melrose Avenue in L.A., too, influencing scads of stylish folks with its signature cherub T-shirts and Americana-inspired denim along the way. 

    In 2015, Japanese trading company Itochu sold Fiorucci to Janie Schaffer, founder of lingerie line Knickerbox and former chief creative officer of Victoria's Secret, and her business partner and ex-husband, Stephen Schaffer. The British duo have relaunched the brand with a new website and pop-up shops in Barneys New York and London's Selfridges, as well as the new Soho location.

    Kendall Jenner, Dakota Johnson and Charli XCX are among this generation's Fiorucci fans.

    Before the flagship on 39 Brewer Street opens on Saturday, Fiorucci will host a private soiree Friday evening.

  • Burberry Introduces Photography Exhibition

    Ken Russell, In Your Dreams, January 1955
    Ken Russell, In Your Dreams, January 1955
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    Burberry will present its upcoming collection on Sept. 16, and after the show, there will be a preview of "Here We Are," an exhibition celebrating British photography, curated by president and chief creative officer Christopher Bailey, British photographer Alasdair McLellan, and Lucy Moore, writer and director of independent fashion and photography bookstore Claire de Rouen.

    The exhibition, which explores "the British way of life and character," will be displayed over three floors at the fashion house's new show venue, Old Sessions House, in Clerkenwell, London. The showcase will feature over 200 works from more than 30 photographers including Dafydd Jones, Bill Brandt, Brian Griffin, Shirley Baker, Jane Bown, Martin Parr, Jo Spence, Ken Russell, Charlie Phillips, Karen Knorr, Janette Beckman and Andy Sewell.

    "It has been an extraordinary privilege to gather together this collection of photographs, that have infuenced me so much over the years. They provide a portrait of British life, in all its nuances, both exceptional and mundane, beautiful and harsh. It's the spirit of those photographs — sometimes ironic, sometimes tender, always truthful — that has guided our September collection," said Bailey.

    "Here We Are" will open from Sept. 18 to Oct. 1.

  • Pam Hogg Returns to London

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    British fashion designer and rockstar Pam Hogg, known for her daring punk designs, is returning to the London Fashion Week schedule for the first time, according to the British Fashion Council.

    The designer rose to fame in London's post-punk movement in the mid-'80s and some of her early fans included Debbie Harry, Bjork and Kylie Minogue, who have all sported her signature metallic and skin-tight creations.

    Hogg briefly stepped away from fashion in 1992 to pursue music with her band called Doll. She returned to designing in the late '90s and also made a short film called Accelerator.

    Hogg, who designed the winners trophy for the 2015 Brit Awards, continues to find fans in her collections with today's biggest names including Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Kate Moss.

  • Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid Will Present Third Tommy x Gigi Collab

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    Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid are closing London Fashion Week on Sept. 19 with their latest Tommy x Gigi event, "TOMMYNOW."

    The duo's first see-now, buy-now collab was "Tommy Pier" shown in New York City for fall 2016 and then in Los "TOMMYLAND" shown on the Venice boardwalk in Los Angeles for spring 2017.

    For their third partnership, the extravaganza will be held at the iconic Roundhouse music venue, which was initially built as a turntable engine shed in 1846. It became a concert space in the late '60s, hosting performances with The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.

    In addition to the designer's fall 2017 womenswear offerings and the third Tommy x Gigi collection, there will also be men's looks from Hilfiger Edition — the first time since 2010 that the brand's men's and women's collections have been shown together on the runway.

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