London Fashion Week has well and truly crash landed; walk past the Old Selfridges Hotel, or any number of secluded streets in deepest Mayfair, and expect snaking lines of boldly-dressed individuals, queuing up for glimpses of what they might be wearing in spring summer 2024.
And with the shows come A-list celebrities - and the opening shows this year have proved this season is set to be a vintage year for star spotting.
Things began early with Harris Reed’s off-schedule show at the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall on Wednesday evening. There to support him was Bridgerton’s Charithra Chandran, singer Self Esteem and activist Munroe Bergdorf. Perhaps most exciting, though, was Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams who is a keen fashion follower and a regular spot so far this season.
Having attended Vogue World on Thursday night, Williams was then spotted at Stefan Cooke’s stellar show at 10am on Friday morning. Joining her in early-morning collection viewing were to-be stars Ed McVey and Luther Ford, who will play Prince William and Prince Harry, respectively, in the new season of The Crown. Gene Gallagher, son of Oasis’ Liam, completed the F’row.
Later on Friday, Chinese label Mithridate attracted actor Andrew Scott and Poppy Delevingne soak up the sun for an alfresco showcase, joined London It-girls Tigerlily Taylor and Betty Batchz.
The British Library was taken over by Ahluwalia that afternoon, where guests including Layton Williams - who took a break from his Strictly Come Dancing training to attend - Clara Amfo and Mahalia all watched, as model Adwoa Aboah opened the show.
Proceedings kicked off in almighty style on Saturday morning, where a few weary-faced guests (parties including ES Magazine’s bash and Kylie Minogue’s LFW album performance made for an eventful Friday night) made their way to Camden’s Roundhouse for JW Anderson’s collection.
He is known for enticing a fantastic front row; this year that included actors Cole Sprouse, Jenna Coleman, Heartstopper’s Yasmin Finney and Euphoria’s Chloe Cherry and singers Charli XCX, Jorja Douglas, Stella Quaresma and Renee Downer of FLO, and Griff. There were a fair share of It-girls, too; Alexa Chung and Poppy Delevingne included. The best moment, though, was Ncuti Gatwa - the new Doctor Who - who attendees thought was opening the show, before he sat down on his seat. Just late, in the end.
Roksanda took over the Barbican centre, where key guests included Vanessa Redgrave and her daughter Joely Richardson, while 16Arlington was a veritable supermodel-fest; Adut Akech sat front row, nearby models Kai Isaiah Jamal, Anna Cleveland and Alva Claire, while Adwoa Aboah closed the show.
Saturday was wrapped up by a stellar line-up of guests at Skepta’s first catwalk show for his brand, Mains. The headline act? Stormzy and Louis Theroux, who solidified their friendship in 2022 with their Louis Theroux Interviews documentary. Also there to support Skepta was Naomi Campbell, Little Simz and Jourdan Dunn.
An equally elegant crowd arrived at The Andaz Hotel for Richard Quinn, including activist Munroe Bergdorf singers Bree Runway and Abby Roberts, and Euphoria actress Chloe Cherry, who looked every inch the bride in her veil.
Across town, Matty Bovan welcomed guests to the crypts of the St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, where a lucky few guests were welcomed into a backstage banquet - think Georgia May Jagger and Andreas Kronthaler tucking into lobster and Tanqueray No. TEN cocktails as models Ashley Graham, Winnie Harlow and Precious Lee prepared to take to the runway.
Attendees had a slower start on Sunday yesterday with schedule standout, Simone Rocha, showing at a forgiving 4pm. In the audience, adorned in Rocha’s signature ribbons and crosses, were Irish rock-band New Dad, Alexa Chung and Asap Nast and Princess Julia. Erdem raised the bar at his show, outside The British Museum, where benches were packed with A-listers Ashley Graham, Karen Elson, Lily James, Billie Piper and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
The It-girls - Mia Regan, Olivia Neil, Madison Davenport and Patricia Manfield then headed for KNWLS - and the evening was wrapped up by Annie’s Ibiza intimate show in the decadent back rooms of Berkeley Square hotspot Bacchanalia, where Jamie Winstone, Lady Mary Chateris and Tigerlily Taylor all came out to support - and helped themselves to th free flowing bottles of Mini Moet.
Monday kicked off with Emilia Wickstead, who dressed actors Nicola Cloughan, Zawe Ashton and Sheila Atim to see her collection. Later, the words on everyone’s lips was Burberry.
The collection, held in a chequered tent in Highbury Fields, was the season’s hottest tickets and a stellar crowd arrived counting (deep breath): Kylie Minogue, Rachel Weisz, Jodie Comer, Damon Albarn, Burna Boy, Micheal Ward, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jason Statham. There were sporting sensations - Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, and Mo Farah - and London society’s top brass, counting Naomi Campbell, Georgia May Jagger, Patsy Kensit and Lennon Gallagher.
Scroll the gallery above for the best celebrity sightings this London Fashion Week