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Lost Weekend: Fashion Addition

Your guide to this weekend's best fashion events

Published on September 16th 2011.

Lost Weekend: Fashion Addition

Menu Change Please!
London Fashion Week brings a hell of a lot of style and glamour to the city, when the elite, a mix of designers, models, fashion editors and their companions, sets a high-heeled foot into the city. Needless to say, restaurants and bars surrounding this week’s happenings would do well to fit their menus to their fashion fabulous, but oh-so-picky customers.

Mayfair’s favourite Italian, Babbo, has decided to shun the classic, yet rich Italian dishes for the week. Instead, chef Douglas Santi designed a light, healthy and balanced menu, that includes goodies such as beef carpaccio and baked salt crust sea bass.

After such a balanced dinner, you know you can treat yourself to a dessert. Head to Freggo, the ice-cream shop on Swallow Street. They are offering a limited, one-off edition under the name of LFW Skinny Mini. Options include bestsellers Malbec & Berries, Dulce de Leche and Passion Fruit.

Even after dessert, your daily calorie intake will still allow you to head to the Long Bar at Sanderson hotel. When New York and Los Angeles bars changed the cocktail menu for their fashion weeks, it proved to be a great success, and the Long Bar at Sanderson dips into the hype smoothly and brings you the Skinny Cocktails Menu. The menu consists of six low, low-calorie cocktails (below 200 calories!) and all are mixed with the freshest ingredients and perfection. What better way to celebrate London Fashion Week?

Mon – Sat: Noon – 3pm, 7pm – 11pm
The alternated menu will be served during the whole of Fashion Week

27 - 29 Swallow Street
Mon – Thurs: 8:30am – 11pm, Fri – Sat: 10am – 2am, Sun: 10am – 11pm
Throughout September

Long Bar
Throughout September


Estethica Champagne Brunch
Celebrate organic and fairtrade clothing and revel at the bibulous preview of the nineteen Spring/Summer 2012 collections from Estethica’s designers. The biannual Fashion Week Estethica Brunch will be preluded by speeches from Harold Tillman (Chairman of the British Fashion Council) and Gregory Barker (Minister of State, Department for Energy and Climate Change), and after the tittle-tattle, which comes with champagne and canapés, the shows will kick off. All nineteen Estethica designers stand for ethical clothing and accessories and have all been carefully selected by The British Fashion Council for both their ethical credentials and design excellence. 

Embankment Galleries
Somerset House

Noon – 2pm
Sunday 18 September


Vodafone Fashion Weekend
Vodafone Fashion Weekend, the must-see (and buy lots) fashion event within the official London Fashion Week, consists of a four day shopping bonanza at Somerset House. The event, organised by the British Fashion Council and Single Markets Events London, gives everyone the opportunity to shop from over hundred designer collections, including jewellery and accessories, at discounted prices (wow!).

The Vodafone Fashion Weekend boasts shows by and previews of bigger yet affordable brands, including Juicy Couture, Jaeger London, Levi’s, Pepe Jeans and DKNY Jeans. In addition, the event gives young and up and coming labels, that wouldn’t necessarily show during Fashion Week, a voice, labels such as Electronic Sheep and Melabelle. James Long, Holly Fulton, Sibling, Bex Rox and Pringle of Scotland are also present, among many, many other designers.

Somerset House
Thurs: 5pm – 10pm, Fri: 11am – 10pm, Sat: 9:30am – 7pm, Sun: 9:30pm – 6pm
Thursday 22 September – Sunday 25 September

Nicole Farhi new storeNicole Farhi new store

Designers opening up shops in London
What time would be better to open up a new store in London, then when the fashion press’ eyes of the world are already focussed on the city? It must have been what went to three grand designers’ minds, because Nicole Farhi, Roberto Cavalli and Fendi will all be celebrating the launch of their Mayfair-based high end boutiques. The opening of Nicole Farhi’s global flagship store involves evening long entertainment and an array of snacks, while Roberto Cavalli celebrates his London flagship launch with an elegant cocktail reception, followed by a wish-you-were-there gala and dinner party. Fendi, in collaboration with The Royal College of Art, shows off its new boutique with a creative convention of live performance.

Sadly, all store openings are strictly invites only.

Nicole Farhi
25 Conduit Street

Roberto Cavalli
20 - 22 Sloane Street

181– 182 Sloane Street


Designer Jumble Sale
Designer bargains. The potential to see Kate Moss chatting with Lara Stone over a cup of tea AND to get your hands on a Mulberry bag for £20. Do we really need to say more?

This merriness is all part of the Designer Jumble Sale, held at the Church of Annunciation at the end of Fashion Week (you know, when you’ve spent all your money). The creative brain behind the Sale is Abigail Chisman, who edited VOGUE.COM for twelve years and who found lots of important faces of the fashion world willing to donate some striking pieces of their wardrobe. In addition, as part of London Fashion Week’s ethical theme, 100% of all profits made will go to charity This is clearly a win-win situation, bag a designer bargain, while supporting a good cause.

£5 (£3 for students)
Church of the Annunciation
Bryanston Street
11am – 3pm
Wednesday 21 September


Stephen Webster 

Bijoux Afternoon Tea
In an enticing and curious collaboration, jewellery designer Stephen Webster and the afternoon tea chef at The Langham have joined pastry forces to create a fashion-worthy selection of pastries and cakes. The pastries are inspired by Webster’s latest jewellery collection, Murder She Wrote, which uses diamonds and colourful stones to create dramatic, statement pieces. Together, they have developed a range of edible masterpieces that sparkle. Sparkle! The selection consists of a waterfall of funky names that awake your palettes. Such as the Poison Apple, or red peppercorn with dark chocolate shortbread, equals pure lust and greediness, while the Crystal Clear Diamond can be described as a manly Guinness macaroon that’s covered in the sweetness of blackcurrant jelly – and there’s more where that came from... The original Bijoux Afternoon Tea gives fashion a new outlet: in cooking. It’s a daring concept, it’s different, but it works, so head to the Langham before all teas are booked up!

Palm Court
The Langham
Regent Street
1C Portland

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