London Fashion Week: What to See and Where to Stay

LONDON FASHION WEEK starts today. Penny McCormick rounds up what to see and where to stay in the city …

WHAT: To celebrate London Fashion Week designer Anya Hindmarch’s “Weave Project” installation takes place from Saturday February 16 – Tuesday March 1 at Brewer Street car park. This includes The Tube, constructed by Numen/For Use artists collective, from woven mesh which creates an oscillating structure visitors can climb through. Says Hindmarch, “The Weave Project will be a completely immersive and playful installation that you can experience from the inside out.” The experience also includes a café and a concept store which will offer Hindmarch’s new SS19 Neeson collection. www.anyahindmarch.com.

WHERE: A fashionista favourite is the Pret-a-Portea at The Berkeley and a lovely treat for a girls’ get-together. The pastry chefs have translated legendary Dior designs into creatively crafted cakes and patisserie. These include a red velvet cake inspired by the Lady Dior Handbag which shot to fame in 1995 when France’s first lady, Bernadette Chirac gifted it to Diana, Princess of Wales and a bottle of Miss Dior eau de parfum inspired by the designer’s sister, Catherine, reimagined as a lychee and raspberry cake glazed with pink icing, with a signature silver bow. This stylish afternoon tea is served in the Collins Room from 1PM – 5.30pm and costs £58 per person. To book visit www.the-berkley.com.

WHO: If you are looking for some Instaworthy backdrops for street style posts – then a visit to Belgravia and Sloane Square are a must. Peggy Porschen in Elizabeth Street and Neill Strain Floral Couture on West Halkin Street are regular backdrops for London bloggers. www.neillstrain.com.

WHAT: Alexander McQueen’s new flagship store, 27 Old Bond Street, is worth a visit and introduces an entirely new concept for the house, conceived by creative director Sarah Burton in collaboration with architect Smiljan Radic. Focusing on nature and experimentation – key qualities underpinning the fashion designs – the elemental interiors are immersive and different fabrics will appear in the store each month. As for the third floor, it will house an exhibition space – the current one being “Unlocking Stories” which shows behind-the-scenes methods in the house’s creative process.

WHY: If you are popping over to London to see “Christian Dior – Designer of Dreams”, then the ideal place to stay is at The Kensington, which has an ongoing affiliation with the V&A Museum. No wonder: it’s only a 10-minute walk from the hotel, which is situated on London’s museum mile. The stylish townhouse has a three-day suite package, available until June 30, which includes two tickets to the exhibition and a round of bespoke Corolle cocktails inspired by Dior’s classic 1947 collection. As for the 24 suites, which are more like private apartments, which one to pick? They range from the elegant Brompton to the contemporary Knightsbridge suite, others have balconies overlooking leafy Kensington. The location’s shopping options are tempting, before returning to a fireside position at the Town House restaurant. When I interviewed Downton Abbey actor Allen Leech, he told me he had stayed at the hotel for three months … and having visited myself I can understand why he chose this home-from-home. Comfortably chic – you never know who you’ll meet in the K Bar.www.doylecollection.com.

Penny McCormick

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