Hello London! LFW Lands in the Capital
Now in it’s 62nd edition London Fashion Week has taken up residence in a new location: Brewer Street Car Park, Soho. And today (18th September) press, buyers and industry professionals from all over the globe will flock to the new venue in the heart of Soho for the five-day event that includes showrooms, catwalk shows, presentations and talks.
Glitz and glamour aside fashion is a serious business contributing £26billion to the UK economy (GDP) up from £21billion in 2009 (Oxford Economics, 2014). Financial analysts predict that the sector shows considerable growth and that the £10.7billion spent on fashion online will rise to £19billion by 2019 (Mintel, 2014). These figures are not only great news for the economy but for the industry as a whole and the increased need for skilled employees within the sector.
While London Fashion Week is exclusively aimed at those within the fashion business there are several events where the public can get involved: TopShop LFW Pop Up at the Oxford Street store will have a dedicated screening area for the TopShop Unique SS16 show. While close by to the main Brewer Street site is London Fashion Week at Golden Square.
Celebrating their 10th anniversaries this year are designers including Ashish, Erdem, Gareth Pugh, Nicholas Kirkwood and Roksanda. Those new to the schedule includes Alexander Lewis, Edeline Lee, new accessories collection by former, Mulberry Creative Director, Emma Hill, Hill & Friends, John Smedley’s first womenswear line, Heikki Salonen’s diffusion line for Maison Margiela MM6, Natasha Zinko and Versus. While Peter Jensen and Zandra Rhodes make a welcome return.
Further highlights at LFW include Georgia May Jagger hosting the Minnie Mouse Style Icon Exhibition launch; Hussein Chalayan MBE celebrating 21 years in business; the Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition Opening Gala and the Versus SS16 After-Party.
It’s going to be an action packed 5-days and to view all the latest show reviews, street style by Sherion Mullings and interviews on FashionCapital please go to our ‘Industry’ ‘Trends’ section.
Happy Fashion Week.