London Fashion Week SS16 kicks off this week, with previews of all the trends for next summer in a new venue in Soho’s Brewer Street (18-22nd September).

The Brewer Street Car Park is an iconic art deco building that has recently become an important player in the contemporary art world. It was here that Richard Mosse’s acclaimed Enclave show was on view, and Dinos Chapman’s Capital Children’s choir had their first show. The fashion world naturally wants to align itself with the art world; and Brewer Street Car Park gives this year’s fashion week some contemporary edge. Here’s some more art/fashion collaborations for fashion week, and beyond:

Crosthwait Exhibition (17- 22 September)
Gallery 8, 8 Duke Street St James’s
Unseen and rediscovered works by fashion illustrator and painter, Irwin ‘Bud’ Crosthwait, a master of elegance and style. Curators Ashley and Connie Gray will be giving daily talks (at 13.30) to explore the importance of original fashion illustration today and Crosthwait’s legacy.

To register to attend a talk visit the website: 

London Fashion Weekend (24-27 September)
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London SW3 4RY
The Saatchi Gallery will be transformed into one of fashion’s biggest pop-ups: catwalk shows, hair & beauty and educational panels from leading industry experts.

To secure tickets visit the website:

Coco Chanel at Saatchi (13 October-1 November)
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London SW3 4RY
Fashion week at the Saatchi Gallery is a prelude to its forthcoming blockbuster on Coco Chanel. The French fashion house is to take over three floors of the gallery for three weeks in October for a free exhibition. It tells the history of the famous label from 1932 through to the days of its current creative director Karl Lagerfeld.

What is Luxury? at V&A Museum (until 27 September)
The third in a series of Crafts Council exhibitions – shows contemporary design and craftsmanship alongside conceptual projects to interrogate “fundamental ideas of luxury, its production and future”. Extravagant artefacts range from ruby-encrusted gold crowns, to Joris Laarman’s Bone Furniture, to Venetian Silk embroidery.

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain at V&A Museum (until 31 January)
Extremes of footwear from around the globe – around 200 pairs of shoes, ranging from a sandal decorated in pure gold leaf from ancient Egypt to the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers, including Caroline Groves’ very exotic ‘Parakeet’ shoes in leather, silk satin, solid silver talons and heel tips, and feathers.

Art or fashion? …definitely a bit of both.

The image above is courtesy of the V&A, is an original drawing of a peep toe shoe by designer Sophia Webster. Webster designed the shoe and named it for singer Rihanna: ‘Riri’ – the creation established Webster as one of the UK’s most influential emerging footwear designers.