In fashion, September is the season. Not only is it when style bible Vogue puts out its biggest book of the year, but it’s when the “big four” — Paris, Milan, New York and London — host their respective fashion weeks, showcasing the spring/summer collections of top designers to buyers around the world. London’s 26th Fashion Week, which runs from Sept. 17-22 this year, brings in ?30 million annually to the city and has launched the careers of such superstars as Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and supermodel Kate Moss. This fall, with more than 200 designers, 63 catwalk shows and an endless stream of private galas and afterparties, all eyes will be on London.
Coutts & Co.
One of the U.K.’s top private banking houses, Coutts works with the British Fashion Council in supporting the Fashion Forward program for emerging designers. Currency exchange: $1=?0.61
The May Fair Hotel
The official hotel of LFW, this five-star icon, built for King George V in 1927, is rich in heritage and adorned in luxe contemporary furnishings, including Fendi sofas and Baccarat chandeliers. Fashion-obsessed guests can request the fuchsia retro-glam Schiaparelli suite. Rooms including breakfast start at ?199 per night. Stratton Street
A high-fashion blow-dry and style from the official hairstylists of this year’s catwalks starts at ?’31. 4 Henrietta Street
Unmistakably English in design and personality, Paul Smith has been the Brit’s darling boy of fashion for more than 30 years. He shows his ready-to-wear collection on Sept. 20 at 5:30 p.m. 20 Kean Street
Nestled between the Strand and the Thames, this grandiose, neo-classical building, is London’s arts and cultural hub and the ground zero of London Fashion Week. More than 5,000 fashion pros and groupies will visit the grounds, which offer plenty to see between shows, including film screenings and multiple galleries. The Strand
Vivienne Westwood opened her shop on Kings Road in1970, and although her brand and designs have evolved since her original punk days, the store remains a landmark of British fashion history. Catch her Red Label catwalk show Sept.19 at 5:30 p.m. 430 Kings Road
The Design Museum
London’s museum of international contemporary design offers a comprehensive history of British fashion. Admission: ?’8.50. Shad Thames
The official “LFW Fashion Rocks” closing party is a rare chance to get a glimpse inside this haughty private members club. Dress to impress. 17 Hanover Square