Never failing to surprise, London Fashion Week is known for its renegade spirit and refusal to conform. It may play host to a couple of the big boys (hello, Burberry), but it’s far more about new blood and innovation, making it – in our opinion – the most exciting fashion week of the lot.

We broke down the 9 key moments to make you feel like you were right there on the FROW, minus the sore feet and show exhaustion…

  1. Vivienne Westwood Staged A Protest

Not that we’d expect anything less, of course. The punk pioneer whose dedication to social and environmental causes is impressive, sent out models wielding placards during her S/S16 Red Label show. The message? Anti-fracking; a political hot topic massively splitting opinion right now. Not one to sit on the fence, Aunty Viv also drove a tank (legendary) to Prime Minister David Cameron’s house to cement her point further. Alongside #piggate, not the best week for him really.

Vivienne Westwood S/S16

Courtesy of @viviennewestwoodofficial

2. It Found A New Home

To be precise, instead of the precarious cobblestones of Somerset House’s courtyard (a disaster for heels when there were paps around), LFW’s new bolthole is Soho’s rather gritty Brewer Street NCP carpark. Edgy.Brewer Street Car Park

3. Christopher Kane’s Collection Was Everything

And it reminded us of the show that catapulted him into the spotlight to begin with; the neon-drenched lace spectacle that was his Central Saint Martins graduate collection. Highlighter-bright acid tones, patchworked silk weaves and a satisfyingly swishy array of fringing meant no one left The Sky Garden without a smile. Bonus points for the bonkers use of coloured zip ties as chokers. If anyone can, Christopher can.

Christopher Kane S/S16

Courtesy of @christopherkane

4. Novelty Ruled OK

Along with Vitamin Water and gossip, it’s the plethora of talking-point nonsense that energises us through the shows at LFW. It wasn’t in short supply, with a jaunt down the Great British high street providing the inspiration for designers this season. Starting at the laundrette, Sophia Webster had mermaids sticking their tails out of washing machines, whilst Anya Hindmarch paid a visit to John Lewis, Mothercare and Nationwide (her Boots boots were Instagram gold).

Lastly, where would any self-respecting Brit high street be without a fried chicken shop or two? KFC and fashion might not immediately spring to mind as likely bedfellows, but they got designer Katie Eary on board as part of their #PackMoreIntoLunch campaign, getting her to design, create and get ready for her fashion show in just one hour. Bold, but it paid off.

Sophia Webster S/S16

Courtesy of @sophiawebster

Anya Hindmarch S/S16

Courtesy of @anyahindmarch

Katie Eary S/S16

Courtesy of KFC

5. Burberry’s Monogrammed Backpack Was The One

Thought it couldn’t get better than Burberry’s personalised blanket scarves from last A/W? Think again, pal. Christopher Bailey, clever chap that he is, knows full well our desire for anything initialled (self-obsessed? Us?), so to sate his fans, sent out perfectly preppy rucksacks complete with monogramming. Very kind of them to have made an EW one especially for us, no?

In other news: Alison Moyet sang and there was an orchestra.

Burberry S/S16

Courtesy of @burberry

6. A Powerhouse Made A Comeback

And what a comeback it was! Emma Hill, previously at Mulberry and single-handedly responsible for its epic turnaround, launched her new handbag line, Hill & Friends, to much fanfare at Claridge’s. There was pink, there was leopard print and there were bellboys. More to the point, however – there were miniature ponies.

Hill was back and up to her old tricks, sending out a collection that was classic, bold, yet infused with the whimsical details that gained her such a following at Mulberry. Case in point; a smiley face lock that winks at you. Visit who are stocking the bags straight off the catwalk.

Hill & Friends S/S16

Courtesy of Hill & Friends

Hill & Friends S/S16

Courtesy of Hill & Friends

7. Minnie Mouse Stole The Show

Barbie may have been hogging what seems like all of the limelight of late (even tapped up @barbiestyle to join their buyers this LFW), but it’s Minnie we’ve got our eye on right now. She’s teamed up with Georgia May Jagger on a photography installation curated by the model to show her style through the years. Babs Vs Minnie? Our money’s on the mouse, actually.

Georgia May Jagger and Minnie Mouse LFW

Courtesy of Georgia May Jagger

8. They Proved They’re Every Bit The Global Players

Sure, there’s no Gucci or Louis Vuitton being shown in the Soho car park LFW now calls home, but what they lack in behemoths, they make up for in talent. Jonathan Saunders’ pastel kimonos, Mary Katrantzou’s intricate embroidery and Erdem’s breathtaking lace are all testament to the city’s creative – and commercial – reach.

*wipes tear from eye*

Jonathan Saunders S/S16

Courtesy of @saundersstudio

Mary Katrantzou S/S16

Courtesy of @marykatrantzou

Erdem S/S16

Courtesy of @erdemlondon

9. We Crossed Our Hearts

Via two cross-body messenger bags at J.W. Anderson, pretty plastic chains at Simone Rocha, peekaboo cutaways at Preen and leather harnesses at new brand on the block, 1205.

J.W. Anderson S/S16

Courtesy of @jonathan.anderson

Simone Rocha S/S16

Courtesy of @simonerocha

Preen S/S16

Courtesy of @preen