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Published January 7th 2015
Fashion is top of the list in the style capital
As fashion houses and high street chains prepare to launch their Spring/Summer 2015 collections, fashionistas all over the city are preparing to leave the safety of the Christmas/New Year bubble and brave the cold in the name of style.
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They are committed to looking good, words like "in store exclusive" and "limited edition" set their pulses racing, they know instantly what shoes go with what bag, and they have the perfect outfit for every occasion. If these things apply to you, and you find yourself in London this spring, you're in luck, as the capital has a whole host of events and activities on offer for the fashion-conscious over the next few months. Male and female, young and old: come together under the style banner in the sharpest city on the planet.
London Vintage Fair, Hammersmith
Every fashionista loves a vintage fair. Events like these give you the chance to hone your bargain hunting skills while also picking up a unique item that will set you apart from your similarly well-tailored friends.
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This spring it is time to head west as the London Vintage Fair comes to town. Held on January 11th, February 8th and March 8th at Hammersmith Town Hall on King Street W6, this event is the place to be for fans of fashions old and new. Expect to find stylish delights from eras spanning the last ten decades as more than 100 of the UK's leading vintage dealers descend on this corner of West London.
The event runs from 10am to 5pm each day and tickets cost £5.00 per person.
International Fashion Showcase, Brewer Street
Reflecting London's position as a city at the heart of global discourse, the British Council and British Fashion Council will be holding their International Fashion Showcase in the capital this February. The showcase will feature as an auxiliary event to London Fashion Week.
The exhibition is free of charge and features 130 young, up-and-coming design hopefuls from a total of 30 countries. Exhibits include Liliana Sanguino's reimagining of traditional Colombian styles and pieces from award winning Nigerian designer Adebayo Okelawal, amongst many others.
Make your way to Brewer Street Car Park between February 20th and 24th and experience work and concepts from the cutting edge of global fashion talent.
V&A Wedding Dress Exhibition
Wedding dresses have attracted some bad press over the years. The two-word phrase often conjures images of billowing, marshmallow-y fabrics and gargantuan, unwieldy trains. However, this is not always the case, and an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum this spring is looking to set the record straight.
Following the history of this divisive piece of clothing from 1775 right up to the present day, the V&A Wedding Dress exhibition contains a fascinating array of exhibits and attractions in a range of styles. Pieces from renowned designers such as John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang all feature in this feast of nuptial fashion.
While entrance to the museum is free, tickets to the Wedding Dress exhibition start at £12.00 for a standard ticket, with concessions starting at £4.00. The event runs until March 15th 2015.
Topshop Unique, London Fashion Week
There are high street fashion chains, and then there is Topshop. After two and a half decades of commercial struggle, Topshop really began to make itself known in the late 1990s. Nowadays the brand is renowned for its affordable fashions and cutting edge designs, and is arguably the most respected name on the high street.
To reflect the position of Topshop in the fashion world, the organisers of London Fashion Week have invited Hampshire-born designer Emma Farrow to the event to showcase her latest collection. Farrow's recent Topshop Unique ranges have gone down a storm in store and online.
Those interested in attending the 3pm show at London Fashion Week on February 22nd can request tickets either by email at email@example.com, or by calling 020 7927 1484.
The Arrival of Spring/Summer 2015
Of course there is more to the life of a fashionista than attending vintage fairs, catwalk shows and exhibitions; one must also find time to see and be seen out and about. As the birthplace of icons such as Alexander McQueen and Mary Quant, and as the crucible of the Swinging Sixties and the punk movement, London has always been a stylish city, so make it your catwalk as the spring/summer 2015 collections begin to arrive in stores.
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Fashion oracles are predicting the early part of 2015 to be all about flowing, Bohemian fabrics; treated and embellished denim; and suede jackets, dresses and jumpsuits. A city is only as stylish as its inhabitants, so go ahead and make London proud.