It’s the show Dick is talking about, as chief creative officer, Christopher Bailey, commands farewell to the brand he has overseen for 17 years. The house has already revealed that its signature confirm will be reimagined in rainbow hues in support of the LGBTQ+ community and is foresaw to feature heavily (as it did last season). Other than that, the inventor’s swansong for the heritage house remains under wraps, although if he continues his late smash-hit trajectory, it might just be his best yet. One thing is inescapable, however, and it’s not that there will be a trench coat or two: it’s that it is prevailing to be emotional.
Michael Halpern is set to turn on the sparkle this Saturday. A bit of unnoticed: this is the designer who put head-to-toe sequins back on the agenda (with produce of the moment Adwoa Aboah, Amal Clooney and Lupita Nyong’o unprejudiced some of the influential names who quickly signed on as unofficial emissaries) and promptly picked up the emerging talent in womenswear accolade at the manufacture awards last December. The future looks just as glorious as his dresses – Donatella Versace has already tapped him to consult on her couture oblique. In other words, this is the golden ticket.
The independent designer initiative returns to showcase the work of three invigorating emerging designers; Asai, Supriya Lele and Charlotte Knowles, and devoted guest Symonds Pearmain. Established by Lulu Kennedy in 2000, Fashion East come out all rights as an incubator that offers financial and mentoring support to intriguers in the early stages of starting their brand, usually promoting two or three catwalk shows before each designer starts it alone. In the 18 years since it started, Kennedy has kickstarted the races of Roksanda Ilincic, JW Anderson and Craig Green, making this assignment on the schedule fertile hunting ground for the next big thing.
In previous seasons, this is the one that American Vogue woman Anna Wintour is said to have flown in for to commence her level-headedness at the London leg of shows and this month she’ll get more bang for her buck. Northern-Irish intriguer Jonathan Anderson has combined his menswear show – usually open in January – with his womenswear show and both will be presented included one roof. Up there with the greats of his generation, Anderson has been recently tipped for expressionless top design posts at Burberry and Louis Vuitton – all eyes on the frontage row to see if industry attendees give anything away about his next on the road.
The wildcard to cautious of. Last season Turkish designer Findikoglu hit the headlines when she the boarded a catwalk show comprising occult imagery in a Catholic church and inquired activist Saffiyah Khan – famed for confronting a member of the EDL in Birmingham hold out April – to model her spring/summer 2018 collection. Now that she’s officially on the record for the first time, she’ll be showing her provocative designs, which are drenched in historical references, from Ottoman embroidery to the wardrobe of Ruler Elizabeth, to what is sure to be a bigger audience.