London Fashion Week: The Look

It’s been 28 years since London Fashion Week first showcased the wonderful yet sometimes wacky offerings of some of the world’s most outrageous, forward thinking and trend-setting designers. Kicking it all off were names such as John Galliano, Betty Jackson and Jasper Conran, and it has only gone from strength to strength. After a few years of unease in the late nineties when many designers decamped to the other side of the pond, it now attracts the very best names in the world fashion all looking for that next breathtaking show.

Here are some of our highlights from over the years and how you can achieve the London look…

1984: The first London Fashion Week takes place

1992: You can’t talk about London Fashion Week without mentioning Alexander McQueen.Ai?? He gave us some of the most memorable moments in fashion and when he made his debut in 1992, he blew everyone away. He may have sadly passed away but his legacy will live on for years and his influence is seen everywhere from beautiful tailoring to skull motifs…

Label Lab Skull Print Vest

1993: Naomi Campbell makes her infamous tumble on the Vivienne Westwood catwalk in sky-high platform heels. These Jane Norman Platform Wedges can give them a run for their money…

Jane Norman Platform Wedges

1995:Ai?? Stella McCartney makes her London debut, with a little help from her mate Kate. Get the classic Stella look in sharp tailoring…remember her lovely blush suits from Spring 2011…?

Ted Baker Jacket

1997:Ai?? Matthew Williamson announces his arrival in an explosion of colour in a collection entitled ‘Electric Angels’.Ai?? Colour has become his signature style as have vibrant, maxi dresses so it’s easy to get the look in your own wardrobe…

JS Collections Maxi Dress

2000: Victoria Beckham appears on the catwalk in the Maria Grachvogel show in a pair of tiny hot pants. Get the look with this Mango pair…

Mango Coated Shorts

2005: This year saw the first appearance of the Galaxy dress. Created by Roland Mouret, even if you’re not a die-hard fashion fan, your probably aware of the dress that was seen on every celebrity in the land, be it A-List or D-List. The perfect curve creator, it a classic shape that will never date. This Pied a Terre one may not share its price tag, but is guaranteed to flatter those curves…

Pied a Terre Shift Dress

2008: Vivienne Westwood makes her return to London after not appearing since 1996. Bringing along her usual brand of rebellion and punk style.

Vivienne Westwood Patent Bag

2010: In Spring, London became the first to offer live streaming, meaning you could put away those heels and watch your favorite shoes from the comfort of your own home…Ipad at the ready!

Apple IPad

Take a look at our LFW Essential Edit to find out what you need this fashion season

Kate O'Brien

Hi I'm Kate, in a previous life I was Womenswear Editor but these days you are more likely to find me pouring over a planning calendar than the latest copy of Elle in my role as Online Content Producer. A Northern tourist in London, some of my favourite things in life include red wine, chutney (accompanied by cheese), sequins, grey cashmere and Matt Damon. I am known in the HoF office for owning far too many coats for one person, laughing too loud, and drinking full fat Coke only when hungover. My life's ambition is a simple one; to own a Puggle.

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