Tom Ford and Thomas Tait choose St James’s for their London Fashion Week shows


Two major fashion shows took place in St James’s this week as part of London Fashion Week. Shows by Tom Ford and Thomas Tait took place in two exceptional settings, a magnificent town house and a transformed industrial car park.

Iconic designer Tom Ford hosted his debut London Fashion Week catwalk show to the backdrop of St James’s stunning Lancaster House, named by The Independent as London Fashion Week’s venue of the week. This was Ford’s first catwalk show since 2004 and had a multi-ethnic embroidery theme, exploring the use of lively patterns, sequins and bright colours.

The autumn/winter show of Thomas Tait, Central Saint Martins graduate, took place at Carlton House Terrace Garages on Saturday 16 February. This unique location was transformed by St James’s ready for the show, that featured slick masculine tailored coats and daring blocks of colour.

St James’s is a popular shopping and lifestyle destination, world renowned for high quality menswear and accessories, and for its stylish bars, cafés and restaurants, such as new Italian restaurant, Cicchetti – the first London location for the San Carlo group. Shops in the area specialise in producing bespoke collections. World famous heritage retailers in St James’s include: Turnbull & Asser, shirt makers by Royal Appointment; London’s leading cheesemongers, Paxton & Whitfield; Floris, perfumers since 1730; and the “Queen’s Grocer” Fortnum & Mason, all holders of Royal Warrants.

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