5:40

After five days, more than 75 collections and a lot of fun moments — it's time to call it a day for London and continue our way to Milan and Paris. Follow our Instagram for more Fashion Month coverage.

Time for us (and the designers in the showroom) to pack our bags for Milan!

4:36 PM

And so London Fashion Week draws to a close with another young designer making his debut on the London catwalks. Toronto based Sid Neigum presented his collection in London because, he said, it is such a great platform for creativity. The winner of the DHL Exported prize is at the beginning of achieving his dream. But it's a crowded platform with too many young talents jostling for pole position, working out how to be heard, and how to make their way to building a sustainable business. London may be somewhere you can make an impression but the real work — selling the collection — is only just the beginning. 

Our own Tamsin Blanchard backstage with designer Sid Neigum

3:20 PM

As you can gather from our coverage of London Fashion Week, we've been quite impressed by the NEWGEN designers and their visions for SS17. Molly Goddard's rave party, Faustine Steinmetz revisiting her denim and Sadie Williams with her nocturnal nautical forecast are just some of the designers in the programme. Ryan Lo, Ashley Williams, Marta Jakubowski and this year's newcomer, Paula Knorr, have all shown impressive collections worthy of a platform like London Fashion Week.

We got to talk to Sarah Mower, the British Fashion Council's ambassador for emerging talent who hosted celebratory drinks today in honour of the young designers and their hard work. Mower shared her favourite thing about NEWGEN. "In times which are uncertain, the British designers were really pulling on their resources. At his yesterday's show, Christopher Kane reminded us how he founded his company in 2006 on nothing through his clothes which were exciting glamour, and really fun. With where it's going with Brexit, I just love to see that the NEWGEN designers are not daunted by it."

One of the NEWGEN designers that has definitely been talked about is Ashley Williams and her celebrity-favoured streetwear collection. Cool as a cucumber, Williams spoke to us about her next important step quite bluntly. "I was really happy about the casting and doing this set with Tony {Hornecker} who did a great job. And next is sales! I've made this and I've gotta go to try to sell it now!"

They have convinced us that we want to buy their clothes, but now all seven of the designers are off to Paris to prove to the rest of the world they want to wear it too.

Ashley Williams at an event to celebrate NEWGEN

 

2:10 PM

Making our way back to central London, we took a detour at the exhibition space for MAGMA — a collaboration between Faye Toogood and Made a Mano featured during the London Design Festival. Amidst the art installation (inspired by the "volcanic fury of Mount Etna"), there was a great mix of Toogood's unisex outerwear and separates with artful patchwork and patterns. It's on throughout this week so drop by if you're nearby!

MAGMA: Unit 12, 49-59 Old Street, London

12:44 AM

Marques'Almeida are on fire. After winning the €300,000 LVMH prize money, they seized the moment and produced their most mature collection ever or as Marta Marques put it, "The prize (money) freed us up a little bit and enabled us to take more risks." Textiles were intricate and luxurious and there was a range of accessories worthy of a big fashion house. For SS17 they were inspired by their ultimate Instagirl — friends and models they now call family. "The way these girls style themselves is influencing how we work, changing the way we approach fashion," Marques said. However, they're not going to move away from their signature denim anytime soon, with some new techniques and their classic MA fraying, Paulo Almeida added, "The denim grounds everything into some sort of a reality." And the reality is, Marques'Almeida have arrived.

Marques'Almeida SS17

11:34 AM

Toga's Eurotrash Girl is a mishmash of colour, style, rough and smooth, punk and a touch of new wave. Metallic block heels and leathers, a flash of sky blue satin, a great tailored city suit but with patent leather appliqués, gingham, shiny brocades and a leather arm holster all combined to make a truly unpredictable mix. 

Yasuko Furuta has a great business back home in Tokyo and has been steadily building her fan base internationally too, choosing London as her show town. Despite her avant-garde vision, which at times can be a little complicated, there's a real appetite for her artsy collections which translate into surprisingly wearable pieces (especially the shoes!) guaranteed to add interest and personality to your look.

Toga SS17

10:58 AM

The film director Steve McQueen was enjoying Toga's show with his daughter Alex who was busy...shopping. "We've just been in Japan," she said. "I love the brand." Of course she does. The McQueens have great taste! 

Steven McQueen and his daughter, Alex, before the Toga SS17 show

10: 27 AM

It's the final day of London Fashion Week and we're starting it at Ely's Yard in Shoreditch, the venue for Isa Arfen's Spring Summer 2017 presentation. 

Some were braiding each other's hair, others were dancing. Arfen's lovely presentation had a warm, soulful ambience, with each model doing different activities inside the space. The clothes (body painting of Omo Valley tribes, early 1960s portraits of Malian women and the early 1990s were just some of the varied inspirations) echoed this vibe, with flowing dresses, feather details and tribal prints feeling raw yet softly feminine.

The scene at Isa Arfen's SS17 presentation 

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