2016 London Fashion Event Trends

Chicmi has the most comprehensive fashion event listings on the web for London, New York & LA. After an exciting 2016 we've compiled an in-depth dossier on the trends in the fashion scene to give you an overview of this constantly evolving industry.

Gender Interest

As you'd expect the fashion industry is dominated by female consumers. However men are becoming more engaged in this category. In 2016 24% of London visitors to our site were male - higher than in New York (20%) and particularly LA (13%).

Age Interest

The majority of people looking at the site are interested in sample sales, which explains why the most prominent age group is 25 to 34. The younger generation are looking for new, hip and cult brands with low price points, the older generations look for more established brands, social events, exhibitions, education and networking.

Geographic Interest

Most of the visitors to London events are in the UK. However there is a healthy interest from countries closely connected to the UK like America and Europe, and even further afield from people in countries like Japan and China, who research fashion events before they travel to the city.

Day of Week

London's fashionistas tend to check in mid-week at work to plan their weekend, while they're more likely to be out and about on Saturday and Sunday rather than online

Time of Day

People often check early in the day to catch the newest listings and plan their day - or in the evening to browse and discover new interesting events and brands.

Types of Events

In the industry the focus of events is still shifting stock - and the hottest way for brands to engage face to face with consumers is to host sample sales and in-store events. However there is a diverse fashion scene in London and there are more other types of events in this city than anywhere else, particularly with the rise of branded fashion exhibitions.

Hottest Event Regions

Fashion events in London are often focussed around Mayfair and Oxford Street for high-end events, and in Hackney and Shoreditch for indie and emerging events. Fashion exhibitions are regularly hosted by the Fashion & Textile Museum in Southwark or the V&A.

Fashion Events by Month

The fashion industry in London has events all year round, but it's often quieter in January and August, and peaks towards Christmas. The Christmas peak is less pronounced in the UK than in US cities, with a stronger Spring/Summer event calendar.

Event Opening Day

Surprisingly Thursday is the most popular day for fashion event organisers to open their event in London, leading up to a strong weekend. Events rarely open in London towards the beginning of the week. Weekends in London are really important, unlike in New York where a lot of shopping happens on lunch breaks or after work.

London Sample Sales in 2016

Hottest Sample Sale Regions

The sample sale scene in London is distinctly focussed in two key regions - around Mayfair and particularly The Music Room on South Molton Lane for high end sample sales - and around Shoreditch, Hackney and particularly the Old Truman Brewery for emerging and independent designers.

Fashion Sample Sales by Month

Sample sales happen in London all year round but are mostly focussed on two key seasons - Spring and Winter. The Spring scene is long and spread out - starting from March and running through to July - but the Winter season is distinctly focussed on November and December Christmas shopping.

Top Fashion Sample Sales in 2016

The big brands captured the interest in London's top sample sales of 2016, with large global labels dominating. However there are a number of more emerging and newer labels in the table too - and a number of multibrand designer sample sales.

# Event Change
1 Victoria Beckham Sample Sale (Nov 2016)
2 Ted Baker Sample Sale (Nov 2016)
3 French Connection Sample Sale (Nov 2016)
4 Jenny Packham End of Line Accessories Sale (Dec 2016)
5 Karen Millen Sample Sale (Dec 2016)
6 Grenson Shoes Sample Sale (Nov 2016)
7 Preen Sample Sale (Dec 2016)
8 Alexander McQueen Sample Sale (Nov 2016 - Dec 2016)
9 Charlotte Olympia Sample Sale (Nov 2016)
10 Anna Scholz Sample Sale (Nov 2016)
11 M.i.h Jeans Christmas Sample Sale (Dec 2016)
12 Roland Mouret Sample Sale (Dec 2016)
13 Multibrand Stock Room Sample Sale (Nov 2016)
14 Gimme Five Big Winter Sample Sale (Nov 2016)
15 Tara Starlet's Last Ever Sample Sale (Nov 2016)
16 L.K. Bennett Warehouse Clearance Sale (Dec 2016)
17 People Tree Sample Sale (Dec 2016)
18 Roksanda Sample Sale (Nov 2016)
19 J.W. Anderson Sample Sale (Dec 2016)
20 Sophia Webster Sample Sale (Nov 2016)
Most popular sample sale brands 

Top Fashion Sample Sale Brands in 2016

These brands were the most popular in 2016, based on the popularity of London sample sales they were involved in.

# Brand Change
1 Victoria Beckham
2 Karen Millen
3 Ted Baker
4 Jenny Packham
5 French Connection
6 Grenson
7 Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
8 Alexander McQueen
9 Charlotte Olympia
10 Linda Farrow
11 Anna Scholz
12 M.i.h Jeans
13 Roland Mouret
14 Fenn Wright Manson
15 Sideline
16 Giannina Capitani
17 Ren London
18 Zoe Morton
19 LF Markey
20 One We Made Earlier
Most active sample sale brands 

Most Active Sample Sale Brands in 2016

These brands were involved in the most fashion sample sales in London in 2016.

# Brand Change
1 Ash Footwear
2 Religion
3 Karen Millen
4 Lou Dalton
5 Bex Rox
6 Warehouse
7 Issa
8 Coast
9 Dolce & Gabbana
10 Holly Fulton
11 Diesel
12 Christopher Shannon
13 Matthew Miller
14 Maison Margiela
15 Pringle of Scotland
16 Sibling
17 Orlebar Brown
19 Miista
20 Lion Studio
Most popular sample sale venues  Most active sample sale venues 

London Fashion Exhibitions in 2016

Fashion exhibitions by month 

Fashion Exhibitions by Month

How many fashion exhibitions happened each month in London in 2016?

Most popular fashion exhibitions  Most popular exhibition venues  Most active exhibition venues 

London Fashion Shopping Events in 2016

Shopping events by month 

Shopping Events by Month

How many fashion shopping events happened each month in London in 2016?

Most popular fashion shopping events  Most popular shopping event brands 

Top Shopping Event Brands in 2016

These brands were the most popular in 2016, based on the popularity of London shopping events they were involved in.

# Brand Change
1 Karl Lagerfeld
2 Liberty
3 Mihaela Markovic
4 Harrods
5 Ille De Cocos
6 Eight Hour Studio
7 Dior
8 Alfie Douglas
11 E17 Designers
12 Sarah & Sorrentino
13 Inayah
14 French Connection
15 Edward Green
16 House Thirteen
17 Lone Design Club
18 The Lingerie Lab
19 Vestiaire Collective
20 Eastman Leather Clothing
Most popular shopping event venues 

London Vintage Sales in 2016

Vintage sales by month 

Vintage Fashion Sales by Month

How many vintage fashion sales happened each month in London in 2016?

Most popular vintage sales  Most popular vintage sale venues 

London Bridal Sales in 2016

Bridal sales by month 

Bridal Sales by Month

How many bridal sales happened each month in London in 2016?

Most popular bridal sales  Most popular bridal sale brands 

Top Bridal Sale Brands in 2016

These brands were the most popular in 2016, based on the popularity of London bridal sales that they were involved in.

# Brand Change
1 Sally Lacock
2 Phillipa Lepley
3 Sanyukta Shrestha
4 Yemi Kosibah
5 Eliza Jane Howell
6 Naomi Neoh
7 Browns
8 Monique Lhuillier
9 Mira Zwillinger
10 Marchesa
11 Claire Pettibone
12 Suzanne Neville
13 Enzoani
14 Pronovias
15 Kate Halfpenny
16 twobirds
17 Emma Victoria Payne
18 Louise Selby
19 Melanie Potro
20 Lela Rose
Most popular bridal sale venues 

London Fashion Parties & Awards in 2016

Fashion parties & awards by month 

Parties & Awards by Month

How many fashion parties & awards happened each month in London in 2016?

Most popular fashion parties & awards  Most popular fashion party & award venues 

London Fashion Networking Events in 2016

Fashion networking events by month 

Networking Events by Month

How many fashion networking events happened each month in London in 2016?

Most popular fashion networking events  Most popular fashion networking event venues 

London Fashion Trade Shows in 2016

Fashion trade shows by month 

Trade Shows by Month

How many fashion trade shows happened each month in London in 2016?

Most popular fashion trade show  Most popular fashion trade show venues 

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