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New York Fashion Week is officially over and London Fashion Week kicks off today. It may only last five days, however London Fashion Week represents some staggering numbers. The British Fashion Council has predicted that 5,000 visitors will attend the event, with 78 designers showing on the official schedule, not to mention a whole load on the side.
Although shows are a crucial part of London Fashion Week, the event is not just about what goes on on the catwalk. There’s a whole roster of other projects going on across the city, many of which are also open to the public. Here are the events you should be checking out this weekend!
Known for her colourful prints, fashion designer Mary Katrantzou is launching her handbag collection at Selfridges in time for fashion week. Head to the department store’s luxury accessories room to see her trompe l’oeil installation and get your hands on one of her totes. 
This year Pringle of Scotland turns 200. The knitwear brand is doing a number of projects to mark this big anniversary, starting with an exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery. This is the perfect opportunity to peruse the Pringle archives before the exhibition heads to the National Museum of Scotland, where it’ll run from April to August.
In the mood for more fashion history? Galeria Melissa is hosting a Gareth Pugh retrospective to celebrate his ten year anniversary. This season also marks the British designer’s return to London Fashion Week after having shown in Paris for numerous seasons. The exhibition runs until the 29th May. 
Fashion can be a tiring business so what better to refuel, than with an afternoon tea. The May Fair Hotel has collaborated with Anya Hindmarch on a sticker shop and will also be serving an afternoon tea put together by the designer. For £35 a head you can tuck into finger sandwiches, delicious scones and decadent fancies. 

With si much going on, if you do anything in London this weekend it should be something to do with style and fashion!