GLOSSIP: 5 Things Not to Miss at London Fashion Week

In this week’s GLOSSIP: The inside scoop on London Fashion Week featuring all important SELFIE ETIQUETTE, how AMANDA WAKELEY will celebrate her 30 years in fashion and where you’ll find the MOST STYLISH AFTER-PARTY

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1.In London, feel free to take selfies for Instagram and bray into Snapchat outside Somerset House but once seated conversation should be kept to a minimum, as should your perfume. One guest last year was so overpowered by a heady fragrance she was left gasping.

2. Want to send VICTORIA BECKHAM some post-show flowers? Then a bouquet of deep red roses is her favourite according to London-based Irish florist NEILL STRAIN, who has also sent congratulatory bouquets to DONATELLA VERSACE (white gardenias) and forget-me-nots to VALENTINO.

3. The recently opened Zetter Townhouse in Marylebone, with its chic drawing room-style cocktail lounge, is set to de-throne Chiltern Firehouse as the hottest après-show hangout and venue for the coolest parties this year.

4. Two distinguished wardrobe mistresses celebrating milestones in style are ALICE TEMPERLEY and AMANDA WAKELEY, for 15 and 30 years in fashion respectively. The latter will be marked by a special Vogue bash hosted by ALEXANDRA SHULMAN. And eleven Irish fashion designers, including EMMA MANLEY, HELEN STEELE, HONOR FITSIMONS and LAURA KINSELLA will show at London Fashion Week as part of the Irish Design 2015 international programme, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.

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5. Look out for Co Down schoolgirl DARCY BRITTAIN-DISSONT on the runways. At just 13 she has caused something of a frisson for her sultry looks. No doubt Irish super ERIN O’CONNOR will be on hand to offer some sage advice. Speaking of O’Connor, she is one of the many famous faces featured in DAVID DOWNTON’s new book Portraits of the World’s Most Stylish Women (Laurence King Publishing), out later this month. If you want your copy signed, you’ll find him holding court between shows in Claridge’s Fumoir Bar. Another Irish name to watch this season is RICHARD MALONE, one of three designers chosen to present collections at LULU KENNEDY’s Fashion East (September 19), famous for incubating some of the industry’s most promising talents. He says the inspiration behind his aesthetic is his childhood and upbringing in working-class Ireland.

Images via Jason Lloyd Evans (Holly Fulton SS16) and Laurence King

This article appeared in our September issue, for more features like this, don’t miss our October issue, out Thursday October 1.