London is enjoying a modish moment this weekend as London Fashion Week makes its stylish return. A host of the biggest names in fashion are to premiere their spring/summer 2019 catwalk designs – including the likes of Burberry, Victoria Beckham, JW Anderson and Mary Katrantzou. Elsewhere, cocktail bar Nine Lives is putting on a sustainable spread with an array of eco-friendly cocktails and Jason Atherton’s bar, Social 24, is presenting an exclusive Fashion Week menu. Read on for more stylish things to do this weekend.
The next stop on Fashion Week’s ‘big four’ global tour lands right here in London this weekend. Showcasing a combination of high-end heritage brands such as JW Anderson and Anya Hindmarsh and emerging labels including Halpern and Matty Bovan, fashion fans can enjoy a packed schedule of sartorial excellence this year. Burberry – showing at 5pm on Monday 17 September – are treating FROW goers to Riccardo Tisci’s first collection since he took over from Christopher Bailey as creative director in March. Meanwhile, Victoria Beckham is trading New York for London for the first time ever, showing her collection here in ode to the 10th anniversary of her eponymous brand. In another first, Alexa Chung is making her London debut with the premiere of her label’s newest collection.
14 – 18 September
London Bridge bar Nine Lives has unveiled a delicious new cocktail menu with a core focus on sustainability and working with the community. Committed to reducing its carbon footprint, ingredients used in the beverages are sourced from their own back garden or within close proximity, herbs from the garden have been grown with help from St Mungo's homeless charity, and apples from co-founder Allan Gage's garden have replaced the need for limes and locally sourced spirits. Eco-friendly picks include ‘Kelross Daiquiri’ made with Ron Zacapa, Bramley apple juice and Hackney honey or ‘ephemeral,’ blended with Somerset Cider Brandy, cherry, hazelnut, lemon and parsley.
British footwear brand Camilla Elphick has collaborated with restaurant Bluebird Chelsea to create a dessert menu inspired by the designer’s signature shoes. The Two of My Favourite Things Menu – launching in celebration of London Fashion Week – incorporates playful details from each shoe into the puddings, that look (almost) too pretty to eat. The bright orange heels of the 'PEZ Daisy shoes' has been realised in a dark chocolate fondant with lemon verbena centre, chocolate ice-cream and a colour pop of edible flowers. The 'Silver Lining Boots' have inspired the black sesame ice cream with blackberry sorbet, white chocolate arrow and edible glitter is a true depiction of the design. Finally, 'Camilla’s Heart & Sole sneaker', is an extension of her famed ‘Lover’ collection featuring cross over heart straps, bought to life as a delectable wafer red heart ice cream sandwich with raspberry sorbet and pink meringue.
Romantic comedy blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians, based on Kevin Kwan’s 2013 novel of the same name, has been an unprecedented hit for its lavish fun. Constance Wu stars as New Yorker Rachel Chu who travels to boyfriend Nick’s (Henry Golding) native Singapore as the date for his best friend’s wedding. But the trip lays bare secrets about her partner’s life previously unbeknown to Rachel – including his role in one of Singpore’s wealthiest families. With jealous socialites vying for Nick’s attention as well as his mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking an instant dislike to her, can Rachel still make the best of the trip?
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Adrian Houston's newest immersive photography exhibition will be presented at The Unit Gallery’s brand-new space in Hanover Square. Houston has spent the last four years travelling the globe snapping photos of trees that hold special meaning, for a host of extraordinary figures including entrepreneur Richard Branson, designer Jasper Conran and actress Goldie Hawn. This retrospective aims to position the vital role trees play in our existence at the forefront of the viewers mind, and increase awareness of the importance of conservation. The show is also raising funds for charities Future Trees Trust and Trees for Cities.
17 -28 September
Celebrate London Fashion Week at Jason Atherton’s bar, Social 24 – located in Michelin-starred City Social – with an exclusive three-courses curated by executive chef Paul Walsh. Tuck into seasonal delights such as English beetroot, goat’s cheese and watercress, Cotswold chicken breast with polenta and aged parmesan, or curried cauliflower with aubergine puree. Finish off the sophisticated menu with a classic Meyer lemon meringue tart and yogurt sorbet, paired with an ‘Orenda’ cocktail made with Pothecary Thai blend, kaffir leaf liqueur, passion fruit liqueur and pineapple juice. Enjoy this all to the backdrop of panoramic city vistas. Bliss.
14 – 18 September