Haute Style: London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week launched last Friday (February 19-24), and as we had previously mentioned, there is a progressive new initiative this year to stream the Fall RTW runway shows live, making the collections visually accessible to everyone. The Prime Minister’s wife, Sarah Brown, officially opened the second season in a row and included a moment of silence to honor the memory of Alexander McQueen.

As always, we see impeccable tailoring at the London shows, and an interesting contrast of English propriety with edginess that allows the shows a certain unpredictability—precisely what keeps them exciting and the London fashion scene moving forward. From style stars Vivienne Westwood and Matthew Williamson, to young designers on the rise, Kinder Aggugini, Mary Katrantzou, and Mark Fast, the last four days have brought diverse collections that may be best suited for special accent items in your wardrobe. Other popular shows have included Christopher Kane, Aquascutum, Nicole Farhi, Paul Smith, Pringle of Scotland and today’s highly anticipated Burberry event (streamed this morning), that had Kate Hudson, Claire Danes, and Kristen Stewart in the front row.

According to reports from the Telegraph, London Fashion Week pumps £30 million into the London economy and generates worldwide media coverage valued at £100 million each year. In addition, orders worth £100 million are placed at every LFW event, which makes it an imperative aspect of London’s arts and economy.

Haute Style will be following Paris Fashion Week from March 2-10 and reporting to you the latest fashion trends as they happen, so be sure to check back for all the latest news!

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