Wednesday 22 May 2019

London Fashion Week kicks off tomorrow - here are the Irish insiders to follow for front row access

Models present creations from the Simone Rocha collection during the 2015 Spring / Summer London Fashion Week
Models present creations from the Simone Rocha collection during the 2015 Spring / Summer London Fashion Week

Freya Drohan

A plane ticket to the British capital and a VIP Access All Areas pass might be out of the question - but these social media savvy Irish folk can grant you a fly-on-the wall view of London Fashion Week.

1. Irish Talent

On the main schedule over the five days at London Fashion Week are established names such as Paul Costelloe, Orla Kiely, J.W Anderson, Simone Rocha, Zoe Jordan and Danielle Romeril.

Wexford native Richard Malone's profile was given an invaluable boost when he secured 'NEWGEN' sponsorship from the Fashion East initiative to nurture emerging creatives - today, Richard (below) was named by esteemed fashion publication WWD as one of six designers to watch.

Designer Richard Malone is the latest Irish designer to be chosen for the prestigious Fashion East initiative. Some items from his AW15 collection are on sale at Brown Thomas as part of the CREATE initiative during the Year of Design ID15. Photos: Leon Farrell

11 Irish designers will also showcase their garments at 'Unfold: Irish Designers Collective' tomorrow evening at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.Included in the roster of homegrown talent is Natalie B Coleman, Emma Manley, Honor Fitzsimons and We Are Islanders.

The 'family' of designers: (left to right) Rosie O'Reilly from We Are Islanders, Chupi Sweetman-Dornan, Emma Manley, Helen Steele, Laura Kinsella, Jill de Burca, Honor Fitzsimmons, Lisa McCormack of Capulet & Montague, Maria Dorai-Raj and Natalie B. Coleman

2. Irish Bloggers

Keep an eye out for James Kavanagh for Frock Advisor, Sinead Burke, Erika Fox of Retro Flame, Louise Cooney, Anouska Proetta Bandon, Louise O'Reilly, and Niamh Webb O'Rourke among others.

Anouska Proetta Bandon. Picture: Instagram

You should also follow fashion curator Gemma A. Williams on Twitter here to delve beyond the fashion on display on the runway, and see snippets from her engaging talks and panel discussions.

3. Irish Models

Among the Irish models jetting to London for the biannual event is Distinct Model Management beauty Alicia Kavanagh.

"Alicia is doing Simone Rocha's showrooms at LFW and in Paris," her model boss Anne Morgan told us.


4. Irish Stylists / Buyers

Commercial and editorial stylists such as Courtney Smith and Lorna Claire Weightman will be snapping from the shows via their social media pages, gathering inspiration for upcoming shoots and fashion features.


Meanwhile, Brown Thomas head honchos Shelly Corkery and Paul O'Connor will be deciding what cult items we will be lusting after come spring time.


The Irish Independent's Fashion Editor Bairbre Power will also be in attendance, you can follow her on Twitter for updates, here.

4. Irish Photographers

Conor Clinch, a well known name in the industry and a protégé of photographer Rankin, is one of the most promising snappers to come out of Ireland in recent years.


5. No ticket? No problem!

Here's what else you can do during the fashion extravaganza:

* Watch a live stream of the Burberry show from their sore on Regent Street (Monday at 1pm).

* Head to Carnaby Street, where there'll be outdoor screenings of shows and an array of special events.


* Pop into Riding House Cafe, a favourite haunt of the fashion crowd, and order their limited edition 'Basic Bitch' cocktail.

* Educate yourself at a fashion talk at the Saatchi gallery.

* Watch a public screening of Irish designer Zoe Jordan's digital fashin show at 10.30am in Golden Square.

* Blag your way into Nicholas Kirkwood's A list party to celebrate his 10th year in business on Saturday evening.

* Be inspired and witness stylist Emma Slade Edmondson recreate catwalk looks using charity shop finds on Saturday morning - viewers can also tune in live on

* Undergo an S&M makeover at the ghd popup - where hairdressers will transform your tresses. Before you get ahead of yourself, S&M stands for Sleek and Movement, and not what you were probably thinking of! From £15 at their Dean Street space.

* Order some stylish treats at Balthazar, where designer Matthew Williamson has collaborated on a special afternoon tea.

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* Socialise at the 'Expats & Fashion Finest LFW Party' at upmarket Chelsea cocktail bar JuJu’s

* Revisit your youth and visit model Georgia May Jagger's free exhibition at Blacks in Soho about how Minnie Mouse influenced fashion over the last century.

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