London Fashion Week is nearly here and designers are busy putting the finishing touches on their autumn/winter 2018 shows.
The line-up includes big established labels such as Mulberry, Erdem, and Lulu Guinness alongside newer up and coming designers including Sadie Williams, Katie Eary, and Toogood.
An eclectic selection is guaranteed, and there are always a few shows that manage to stand out from the rest and designers who manage to catapult their careers into the spotlight at Fashion Week.
Here are 5 shows to look out for this season:
Designers Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones set up Teatum Jones in 2011. The duo are particularly strong on their use of textiles and won the Woolmark prize in 2016 for their innovative use of merino wool in both menswear and womenswear.
Teatum Jones were the only designers at Fashion Week last season to include both disabled and a plus size model, and the pair are champions for catwalk diversity.
Their collections are driven by the concept of “human stories” and their SS18 collection was inspired by Paralympian dressage rider Natasha Baker, exploring both the relationship between horse and rider and how disability can inspire fashion.
The Teatum Jones catwalk show is at 12pm on Tuesday 20 February.
Targeting millennials and including Alexa Chung as one of her fans, designer Ashley Williams caught the attention of the fashion industry in her last show when she chose to use models of all different heights, including her friends Georgia May Jagger, Lili Sumner, and Claire Barrow.
After graduating from The University of Westminster in 2012, Ashley Williams showed her debut collection in 2013 with Fashion East and joined the Swarovski Collective in 2015.
Influenced strongly by London and with a definite girly aesthetic, her SS18 show featured cuddly toys, pink zebra print, playful hair clips, and motif knitwear.
Ashley Williams is showing at 7pm on Friday 16 February.
Knitwear designer Xiao Li has won several prestigious awards since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2013, including the Diesel International Talent Support prize and Loro Piana award for best knitwear collection. She was also shortlisted for the LVMH prize in 2015.
Inspired by modern architecture, her garments use innovative techniques such as moulded silicone pieces, and silicone dipping to create unique looks and textures.
Her SS18 collection used bright red alongside bubblegum pink and sky blue with oversized bows and puffed sleeves with the repeating lettered phrase “I AM NOT A ROBOT”.
The Xiao Li aw18 collection is showing at 11.30am on Friday 16 February.
Korean-born designer Rejina Pyo is a Central Saint Martins graduate and worked at Roksanda as assistant designer before launching her own label in 2014.
Her modern feminine aesthetic has won her worldwide fans including Camille Charriere, Pandora Sykes and Lisa Aiken, and the label is a favourite of Instagram fashionistas.
Her last catwalk show embraced diversity with a casting call for models of all ages and ethnicities, and so she’s made a name for herself for creating wearable fashion for real women. She’s also one of the more affordable designers to show at London Fashion Week.
Rejina Pyo will show her collection at 9am on Sunday 18 February.
Launched in 2011 by designers Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman, the Fyodor Golan label use futuristic designs, bright colours, and collaborations with brands such as My Little Pony, Power Puff Girls and Chupa Chups to bring glitter and rainbows to London Fashion Week.
The designers’ fine art backgrounds and flair for the dramatic ensure that this will be one of the most flamboyant shows during Fashion Week.
Pieces from their last season collection included a rainbow puffa jacket, psychedelic pantsuit (worn by Madonna, no less), and a silver tasselled boiler suit.
The Fyodor Golan show is at 1pm on Friday 16 February.