LAUREN COCHRANE LOOKS FORWARD TO THE WEEKEND!

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Working on 214, Topshop’s unmissable guide to Fashion Week has increased my excitement for London fashion more than ever before. So, what am I looking forward to…?

London favourites Luella, Giles and Vivienne Westwood are always highlights and the gala opening of Stephen Jones’ Hats exhibition at the V & A will be the hot party ticket of the week. With Luella winning the Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, all eyes are going to be on the collection she puts out this season. As a fan, I fear she can do no wrong.

And, as for the newer talent, it’s off the charts – with Topshop is at its centre. Supporting New Gen designers to show in a dedicated central London space, Topshop will also be streaming show footage into the Oxford Circus store – look out for must-see newbies Christopher Kane, Marios Schwab and Richard Nicoll from Sunday. These boys are like London Fashion Week’s extremely clever children: fashion folk get so proud when we see their latest out-of-this-world developments each season.

And there’s some new names coming up while these talents move on to the next stage. While Kinder has been designing under-the-radar for the likes of Calvin Klein and John Galliano for years, this season sees his line on the catwalk. And time-poor fashion editors are really chuffed with the Mark Fast and Mary Kratzanou back-to-back New Gen shows – this way, we can see two vital new talents at once. And with Topman-sponsored MAN show giving way to a full menswear day this season, even the boys will be happy: especially about the catwalk debut of MAN designer JW Anderson and knitwear from ex-Giles Deacon collaborators, Sibling. As the front row says, that’s fashion fabulous.

By Lauren Cochrane