Hooray for May! As we welcome in the fifth month of the year (how-the-heck did that happen?), we say an overdue ‘hello’ to longer and, supposedly, warmer days.

Aptly, the calendar is also heating up with a filled-to-the-rafters schedule of fashion, arts and crafts. It’s all happening at once in the Capital – and we’ve rounded up the best-in-show for you to get stuck into tout de suite.

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier
Six months on from the sad and sudden passing of master couturier Azzedine Alaïa – and less than one month after the opening of his first ever standalone maison in London – The Design Museum will open its doors to the designer’s first UK solo show, Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier. Conceived and self-curated in the weeks before his death, the exhibition spotlights his 35-year body of work – housing over 60 hand-crafted pieces that capture his remarkable vision and progressive approach to the female silhouette.

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier runs from 10 May – 7 October 2018 at The Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 6AG. Main image courtesy of Peter Lindbergh.

Image courtesy of Bau-Xi Photo.

Photo London
If you’ve been wondering why all of your photographer/gallerist/curator-y-type friends are coincidentally booked up over the same three-day stint, you can bet your bottom dollar that the internationally acclaimed photography fair, Photo London, might have something to do with it. Assembling 100+ exhibitors and combining new, innovative works alongside vintage pieces from specialist dealers, the event is back in town in its fourth edition – and is one for the annual bucket list for anyone with a penchant for the visual arts.

Photo London runs from 17 May – 20 May 2018 at Somerset House at Strand, WC2R 1LA.

Image courtesy of Superflex.

The Future Starts Here
The Victoria and Albert Museum is the place to be right now! Props to its clever curators who have, not only brought us the seminal 
Fashioned From Nature show that traces the complex relationship between (clue’s in the name) fashion and nature – but have also explored what our future tech-driven landscape might look like via 100 groundbreaking projects with The Future Starts Here. Unleash your inner geek with all things tech-y, from artificial intelligence to satellites and internet culture.

The Future Starts Here runs from 6 October – 4 November 2018 at The Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 2RL.

Image courtesy of Zetteler. 

London Craft Week
How does a five-day marathon of over 230 events that shine a light on artisanal techniques sound to you? London Craft Week brings us a week of soul-fulfilling workshops and demonstrations, exhibitions (including highlights from the LOEWE Craft Prize Exhibition and The Flipside, a multi-sensory show at Selfridges), and events spanning panel discussions around the relationship of art and jewellery through to attempting to define the meaning of ‘artistic craftsmanship’. Stay tuned for more information.

London Craft Week runs from 9 May – 13 May at various locations across the city.