Anh Nguyen’s fashion-loving tourist tips
As London’s Graduate Fashion Week 2019 begins, we talk to Londoner Anh Nguyen as he prepares to show his University of East London graduation collection. Read on for Anh’s fashion-forward sightseeing recommendations and, if you want to get involved with Graduate Fashion Week (2-5 Jun), find out how to buy tickets below.
Which museums and galleries in London do you like to visit for inspiration?
As I’m always interested in contemporary art, fashion and designs, I usually go to either the V&A [Victoria and Albert Museum], Tate Modern, The Design Museum (pictured above), the Fashion and Textile Museum or the Barbican. They are some of the biggest museums in London, so they have a variety of things that you can see and usually host a lot of different events or major exhibitions. And I also like London’s two Victoria Miro galleries [in Angel and Mayfair] and Parasol Unit [next to Victoria Miro Angel] – the city’s smaller art galleries like these show young and contemporary designers’ work, which inspires me a lot.
Tell us about your favourite places to see the latest London fashion trends
Fashion department stores like Selfridges (pictured above) and Harrods, with their amazing window displays and the newest trends from all sorts of designers. New Bond Street is home to a lot of fashion boutiques, all with creative windows too. Or you can see a lot of creative people in fun and vibrant outfits by simply walking around east London, especially in Shoreditch or Dalston.
Do you have any British designer shopping tips?
Hackney Walk is a good fashion outlet area in east London, with famous British brands like Burberry, Joseph and Aquascutum offering great outlet prices.
Where would you go for interesting, affordable fashion in London?
Besides the famous shopping areas, like Oxford Circus, Carnaby Street or Bond Street, I also like to go to Redchurch Street, or outside Spitalfields market in Shoreditch, for local brands and trendy pop-up shops. Also, the vintage shops in Brick Lane (pictured above) are full of cool and affordable clothes.
Are there any fashion-related landmarks or sights in London that you would recommend to a tourist who loves fashion?
For the last few seasons, London Fashion Week has taken place at 180 Strand. That’s really close to Somerset House, which usually hosts a lot of fashion events and exhibitions.
Find out more about Anh Nguyen on Instagram @label.anhnguyen and buy tickets to his University of East London graduation show (7.30pm, Sun 2 Jun) at www.graduatefashionweek.com/buy-tickets.
Graduate Fashion Week Exhibition and Catwalk Shows
2-5 Jun 2019, daily 9.30am-8pm
Exhibition entry £11.17; Catwalk Shows £16.38 each
Truman Brewery, Hanbury St, Shoreditch, E1 6QR
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