Mulberry: Made to Last, Mayfair
Mulberry kicks off London Fashion Week 2020 with a three-day programme of events themed around its commitment to sustainability. The brand’s carbon-neutral Somerset factories will be transported to its New Bond Street store, where guests will have the chance to see Mulberry’s wizard craftspeople in action as they create the recently launched Portobello Tote, the house’s first to be made from 100 per cent sustainable leather. Mulberry will also launch its first progressive circular economy programme, The Mulberry Exchange, for which guests will be invited to have their Mulberry bags authenticated and appraised, with the opportunity to put this value towards a new purchase. There will also be a selection of pre-loved bags and archive bags for sale, which have been lovingly revived by the brand’s restoration artisans in Somerset. The entertainment will continue throughout LFW, with craft workshops, live music, a pop-up cafe and a series of industry talks scheduled across the weekend.
Date: 14-16 February 2020 Location: 50 New Bond Street, London W1S nearest station: Green Park/Bond Street Website: mulberry.com
Positive Fashion Exhibition at 180 The Strand
Last LFW, Extinction Rebellion took to the streets to protest the event, criticising its sustainability and calling for luxury brands to be held accountable for their contribution to the climate crisis. One of the leading voices of the protest, activist Bel Jacobs, also took part in the British Fashion Council’s Positive Fashion panel alongside model Arizona Muse and designer Phoebe English to discuss fast fashion, rental alternatives and long-term solutions. English, who took a two-year hiatus from presenting a collection, is back this year, and predicted to be involved with the Positive Fashion Exhibition. It will explore the three pillars of the campaign – the environment, people, and craftsmanship – and how the industry can slow down, by way of a ‘swap shop’ and an interactive photo booth that will harness the power of social media to have an impact.
Date: 14-18 February 2020 Location: 180 The Strand, Temple, Londonn WC Website: londonfashionweek.co.uk
Hold Your Breath by Rankin, Kentish Town
A new exhibition from British photographer Rankin explores the definition of love in the 21st century. Hold Your Breath is running throughout Fashion Week at Annroy Gallery, located within Rankin's studio in Kentish Town. A series of photographs is accompanied by a short film documentary, exploring unfiltered love and romance in the digital age. Visitors can also experience the renowned Rankomat photobooth, available to use free of charge.
Date: 13-22 February 2020 Time: 10am-6pm Location: Annroy Gallery, 110-114 Grafton Road, London NW5 4BA Closest Station: Kentish Town Website: rankinphoto.co.uk
Jessica Bird at London EDITION, Fitzrovia
Scottish fashion illustrator Jessica Bird is once again propping up her easel in the London Edition hotel lobby bar during London Fashion Week. Join Bird for complimentary 15-minute portraits, illustrated using her signature expressive style. Bird works predominantly using brightly coloured chalk pastels, a medium that lends itself to capturing live illustration. She has previously collaborated with brands including Monica Vinader, Matilda Goad and Matty Bovan.
Date: 14-18 February 2020 Time: 6-8pm Location: 10 Berners Street, London W1T 3NP Closest Station: Piccadilly