An Insider’s Guide To Surviving London Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week might be over, but the whirlwind hasn’t stopped for the style set—it’s off to London they go! One such veteran on the circuit making her seasonal pilgrimage across the pond is creative consultant and Vestiaire Collective Contributing Fashion Director Kate Foley. A fixture on the front-row scene, Kate knows a thing or two about preparing for the second leg of fashion month madness. Ahead, she shares her survival essentials, plus what she’s excited to see in the British capital this time around.


Kate Foley's London Essentials

Apple Watch

"I love when I can walk around not having to stare at my phone the whole time. The Apple Watch is great as it tells me the things I need to know right on the screen: the time, the next show (with the address) and any urgent messages and emails so I don't miss a thing."

Le Labo Mini Vetiver Perfume

"I always have a mini perfume in my bag and am always wearing something by Le Labo. Right now I'm obsessed with Vetiver."

Gucci Padlock Bag

"I just bought this from Vestiaire Collective (along with many other amazing pieces I'll be wearing during fashion month)—I think it will be the bag I wear with everything."

Sandy Liang

Sandy Liang Gold Sheepskin Coat

"It's the perfect coat to keep me really warm throughout fashion month—and prevents me from reverting to the usual dreary black winter coat!"


Céline Wedges

"I bought these Céline wedges a few months ago on Vestiaire Collective after searching for them for years. They're from the Pre-Fall 2013 collection, which was one of my favorites. I've worn them nonstop—they're so comfortable but also give me a lot of height."

Original Mineral Frizzy Logic Serum

"I always have this in my bag—it's perfect for rescuing my hair after I've been running around all day. It makes hair shiny and sleek but still feel light and fresh."

Diptyque Patchouli Mini Candle

"I always travel with a mini Diptyque candle. Having it burning at the hotel makes my room feel relaxed and more like home."


British Designer To Watch

"I'm incredibly excited about Rejina Pyo—she's so talented and is showing on schedule during London Fashion Week for the first time this season."


Model On Her Radar

"I think Adwoa Aboah is beautiful and very inspiring. She recently launched an organization called Gurls Talk, which is a space where girls can have honest conversations about their feelings and insecurities, and it will become a place of education with weekly talks on mental health. It's a wonderful thing she's doing, especially in a world where it's very easy for girls to grow up feeling insecure."


Favorite London Hotel

"I always stay at The London Edition during fashion week, as they're superstars there and always look after me really well. The lobby and restaurant are beautiful, very British-feeling spaces, which I love."


Best Restaurants

"I love to have lunch at Milos on Regent Street in between shows or at Ottolenghi, which I wish existed in New York! For dinner I go to Bob Bob Ricard, The Palomar, Park Chinois or Kitty Fisher's."