LONDON, ENGLAND – Jodie Harsh and Caroline Rush attend the LFW opening night party at The Windmill on September 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage for BFC)

The British Fashion Council and Naomi Campbell co-hosted the opening of London Fashion Week ( LFW ) presented by Clearpay. LFW opened last night at the iconic Windmill in Soho (Darren Gerrish / British Fashion Council).
Jodie Harsh curated the music throughout the night, and the event saw a surprise performance by Mabel.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell adressed the creative and flamboyant attendees of fashion designers, celebrities and fashion people with an impassioned comment, “I just want to say thank you so much London… London has always been the centre of creativity and it was first and we have to be first again. London Fashion Week, let’s go.”

The CEO of the British Fashion Council Caroline Rush, Stephanie Phair chairman of British Fashion Council, actress Sabrina Elba, pop star and designer Tinie Tempah and model and activist Munroe Bergdorf also took to the stage to address the attendees.

Caroline Rush predicted that London Fashion Week would be a release in the midst of the pandemic saying, “I think the lockdown has just created a lot of aroused excitement that we’re going to get out of over the next few days,”

The mistress of ceremonies at the LFW opening party, drag queen and compère Heiress Blackstone said,
“Art has always been so crucial to the maintenance of morality. We’ve really seen it again this time, because when we open our door, honey, there’s been an audience like never before….They always say, after the plague comes the renaissance, and we are dancing in the renaissance right now.”

Key Attendees Included: Ajak Deng, Amy Jackson, Annie Doble, Betty Bachz, Bianca Saunders, Bryan Yambao, Campbell Addy, Caroline Rush, Daniel Fletcher, Daniel Lismore, Edward Enninful, Eric Underwood, Gottmik, Grace Chatto, Henry Holland, Jodie Harsh, Jordan Barrett, Jordan Grant, Jordan Stephens, Josh Quinton, Julien Macdonald, Juliet Angus, Katie Grand, Kaushik Velendra, Kehlani, Lee Trapstar, Luke Day ,Mabel, Mae Muller, Maria Hatzistefanis ,Michael Halpern, Mikey Trapstar ,Munroe Bergdorf ,Naomi Campbell, Narmina Marandi ,Nick Molnar, Patrick McDowell, Pearl Mackie , Ramla Ali Raven Smith, Sabrina Elba, Stephen Jones, Tania Fares , Susan Bender, Susie Lau, Tayce, Tinie Tempah, Toni Blaze, Yinka Ilori

London Fashion Week is one of the big four international Fashion Weeks, known for its exceptional creativity, innovation and responsible business. The five-day event celebrates excellence in design while empowering positive business growth for participating designers. More than just a business platform for designer’ brands to showcase their new collections, LFW is a cultural platform for change. The international event returns today with over 130 designers showing their collections on schedule.

The Windmill first opened its doors in 1910 as a 320-seater theatre in the heart of Soho and gained notoriety for its avant-garde variety acts. Following an extensive refurbishment, the venue has opened its doors once again as The Windmill Soho, this time as a spectacular theatrical dining experience. Set across three floors the venue features; The Theatre, which will act as the main restaurant, The Palais De Luxe, a grand upstairs bar and The Royal Box, a sumptuous private room. Beneath the 110-year-old Theatre you will find Henderson’s speakeasy. Named after socialite Mrs Laura Henderson the pioneering proprietor of the 1930s and 40s. The iconic external neon lights, a Soho landmark, have been lovingly reinstated.

 

article Kim Grahame

photos Darren Gerrish courtesy of BFC

 

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LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: (L-R) Edward Enninful and Naomi Campbell attend the LFW opening night party at The Windmill on September 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage for BFC)

 

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Stephanie Phair attends the LFW opening night party at The Windmill on September 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage for BFC)

 

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Stephen Jones attends the LFW opening night party at The Windmill on September 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage for BFC)

 

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: (L-R) Daniel Lismore, Jodie Harsh and Gottmik attend the LFW opening night party at The Windmill on September 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage for BFC)

 

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Mabel backstage at the LFW opening night party at The Windmill on September 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage for BFC)

 

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: (L-R) Guest, Eric Underwood and Deborah Ababio attend the LFW opening night party at The Windmill on September 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage for BFC)

 

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Sabrina Dhowre Elba attends the LFW opening night party at The Windmill on September 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage for BFC)

 

 

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: attends the LFW opening night party at The Windmill on September 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage for BFC)

 

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Munroe Bergdorf attends the LFW opening night party at The Windmill on September 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage for BFC)

 

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Kehlani attends the LFW opening night party at The Windmill on September 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage for BFC)

 

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Raven Smith attends the LFW opening night party at The Windmill on September 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage for BFC)

 

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Daniel Fletcher and Sebastian Croft attend the LFW opening night party at The Windmill on September 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage for BFC)

 

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Ajak Deng attends the LFW opening night party at The Windmill on September 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage for BFC)

 

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Daniel Fletcher and Lou Dalton attend the LFW opening night party at The Windmill on September 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage for BFC)

 

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Gottmik (L) and Daniel Lismore attend the LFW opening night party at The Windmill on September 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage for BFC)

 

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Tish Weinstock and Jordan Barrett attend the LFW opening night party at The Windmill on September 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage for BFC)

 

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Betty Bachz attends the LFW opening night party at The Windmill on September 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage for BFC)

 

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Kaushik Velendra (C), Eric Underwood (R) and guests attend the LFW opening night party at The Windmill on September 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage for BFC)

 

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Jodie Harsh attends the LFW opening night party at The Windmill on September 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage for BFC)

 

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Josh Quinton attends the LFW opening night party at The Windmill on September 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage for BFC)

 

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Dancers attend the LFW opening night party at The Windmill on September 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage for BFC)

 

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: A performer at the LFW opening night party at The Windmill on September 16, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage for BFC)

ss Kim Grahame
Fashion Editor

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