HOW LONDON FASHION WEEK WENT VIRTUAL

The past year has been a weird one. With people told to stay home and events cancelled, it has been hard to find anything to look forward to. However, brands and events have been looking to overcome this barrier to create exciting experiences for viewers to watch online at home.


In 2021, London Fashion Week was entirely digital with fashion shows being live streamed online. 95 brands took part this season with the likes of Bora Aksu filming at the Tate Britain for an exciting and immersive at home viewing experience.


On the LFW website, viewers can browse the collections featured or enter the DiscoveryLAB to discover and connect with fresh, emerging brands. Additionally, the show was fully open for wholesale to shop live and follow links to the designers digital showrooms and contacts for sales enquiries under the 'industry' tab. Fashion enthusiasts could listen to podcasts and read stories about trends, brand origins and more.


LONDON show ROOMS provides an opportunity for emerging British designers to promote their brands to international audiences and Positive Fashion provided conversations about environmental, diversity, supply chain, ethics and responsibility in fashion.


People could also shop live fashion drops and collections from LFW designers and audience participation was encouraged by #LFW to start conversations about the event.


Video interactivity was encouraged by luxury handbag brand SEVDA LONDON. Presented by the British Fashion Council, the form of streaming commerce features women modelling the brands latest handbag release. The viewer can click on the products to find out more and the option to "SHOP" with the call-to-action. The viewer can also click to reveal the side bar that shows the whole collection to shop from the video. SEVDA also features on JOOR, a wholesale platform that supports video interactivity for product viewing. Here, retailers can technically shop live streamed fashion shows after release. This form of streaming commerce is an exciting new way for buyers to virtually view collections.



While in-person shows are prohibited, brands must think of new ways to reach viewers at home. By mastering video interactivity and streaming commerce, brands could reach immersive, inclusive and innovative new heights during LFW 2021.


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