When is London Fashion Week?

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London Fashion Week has been running twice yearly since 1983 and has since become one of the city’s most exciting, creative and coveted events – but when will it next grace our capital city?

Twice yearly, designers such as Burberry, Molly Goddard and Victoria Beckham showcase their new collections to fashion VIPs at the week-long event after working tirelessly on their new collections.

READ MORE: Can I buy tickets to London Fashion Week 2021?

Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s event.

Halpern London Fashion Week AW21
Halpern AW21

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How often does London Fashion Week take place?

It takes place in February and September each year, with the autumn winter collections being shown to the public in February and the spring summer collections being showcased in September.

It’s the second in a series of four, with New York kicking things off, followed by London, Milan and finally, Paris.

Smaller Fashion Weeks also take place across the globe, such as Copenhagen Fashion Week.

For more information on how fashion seasons work, read our guide.

When is London Fashion Week 2021?

The next London Fashion Week will take place this week, from 17th – 21st September 2021.

The schedule was recently announced and can be seen in full here.

This September’s event will see LFW make its long-awaited reopening.

While February’s event was strictly digital only due to coronavirus and the UK lockdown, many shows are physical again this September, while a handful will be available to stream online, including Vivienne Westwood and Halpern. Find out how to watch it here.

Not all designers show their new collections at LFW. There are three other fashion capitals that have the most coveted fashion weeks and these are Paris, Milan and New York.

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These are nicknamed the ‘big four’ and generally receive the most press coverage due to the high-end designers that choose to showcase their collections in these cities.

However other cities to hold smaller fashion weeks include Copenhagen, Berlin, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Los Angeles – to name a few.

In September 2020 there were only seven physical shows at LFW, while 21 were both physical and virtual and 50 were digital only.

This brought fashion week to the public for the very first time, as anyone could stream the shows from their computer.

Usually London Fashion Week Festival, a 10-day event across the capital, is how those who don’t work in the industry are able to get a piece of the pie.