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Regular as clockwork, on the first Friday of the month, Sisters step out in style en masse for #firstfridaylunch. Sister Snog’s flagship event. For members only. On the menu. Business with a capital ‘B’. Connecting with a capital ‘C’. Every lunch has a dress code. Open to interpretation. (Because we’re all individuals.) From spotsstripes-or-checks to florals-&-feathers. We may not all be dedicated followers of fashion, but who wouldn’t say no to dipping into the London Fashion scene every now and again. So imagine our surprise and utter delight when we were invited to Vodafone London Fashion Weekend in September¬† as VIP guests of Caroline Rush, CEO of The British Fashion Council.

“We’ve been building on strengthening London Fashion Week over several seasons, but now it’s almost the perfect storm,” she told Sarah Karmali in an interview for Vogue. “It’s post-London 2012, where there was a huge amount of attention on the UK. We have incredible designers – not just creatively, but which are now developing sustainable profitable businesses – and the internet now gives immediate access to a global audience.”

From week to weekend
Somerset House is the perfect setting for the biggest biannual consumer fashion showcase. A fun fair for femmepreneurs. A chance to feel like a fashionista and follow in the footsteps of the industry elite and celebrity fashion pack who’d been there only hours before at London Fashion Week. Our first flirtation with fashion kicked off on the Thursday evening with champagne and canapes on the terrace. If it was pouring with rain, no-one noticed. All anyone could feel was a rainbow of excitement. For many of us this was our first ever front row catwalk experience. Two shows. Over two days.

Queen Victoria would be amused!
Thursday’s catwalk showcased the trends for this autumn and winter:

  • Pretty in Pink
  • Back To Nature
  • Shape Up
  • Victoriana

Inspiration for a #firstfridaylunch dress code perhaps for 2014!

Pucker up & take a pew
Friday’s was double bubble Giles Deacon delight. To kick off ice-maidenesque-meets-Lady Havisham-with-giant-woolly-hat collection inspired by Black Adder! To finish. An interview with the man himself on the limited edition Lip gloss sofa, part of the range he’d just designed for DFS to mark the establishment of the DFS Design Foundation.

Support the fashion capital
Going to London Fashion Weekend felt like falling down the rabbit hole into a wonderland of Bond Street labels and designer brands without the Bond Street price tag. If fashion is your passion there are a host of ways to engage and keep abreast of what’s hot-&-happening on the catwalk, so when you hit the High Street you’ll know what to make a beeline for:

  • Visit The British Fashion Council’s website & engage with them via all the social media channels
  • Dip into the events calendar to see what’s planned
  • Watch the highlights of September’s 2013 event (you might even see someone you recognise)
  • Book tickets for next season’s London Fashion Weekend between 20th-23rd February 2014

The British Fashion Council and Sister Snog will be collaborating next year. So as they say, watch this space and see you on the front row of the catwalk. It’s a date!