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The Fashion Fix – 22nd July 2019


This week in the world of fashion, news broke that London Fashion Week will be the first of the four global fashion weeks to open its doors to the public, French Connection unveils its central London concept store, and Chanel hires a head of diversity and inclusion.

London Fashion Week Open to The Public

A few days ago, the British Fashion Council revealed that London Fashion Week will provide dedicated experiences for a trade and public audience, simultaneously, amid a single dynamic schedule – additionally blurring the lines of what was usually acknowledged as a global trade stage. 

An immersive London Fashion Week experience will be open to the public on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September, where audiences can purchase a ticket that will encompass a variety of designers who will exhibit 6 ticketed catwalk shows. The ticket will permit those access to industry-led talk panels from experts offering unequalled understandings to the fashion industry, creative installations, an innovative Designer Exhibition, where discoveries are unearthed amid the work of exciting designers and their narratives surrounding sustainability, community and ethics, plus the DiscoveryLAB, an investigative area that intermingles fashion with art, technology and music.

French Connection’s New London Concept Store

Labelled ‘French Connection Studios’ and situated on London’s Duke Street, the new 4,000 sq ft concept store falls across two floors, dedicated to menswear, womenswear, accessories, fragrance and homeware.

Housed within the store, exclusive products are available, featuring an amalgam of a limited number of womenswear dresses designed exclusively for the store. A photography studio is also housed within the space, specifically designed for the in-house team who shoots digital and influencer content.

Stephen Marks, founder, CEO and chairman, disclosed: “We are extremely pleased to be opening a new store in a retail location better suited to French Connection’s premium high street aesthetic. French Connection Studios Duke Street is a great space, perfect for creating a fresh look and brand experience for our consumers.”

Chanel Appoints First Head of Diversity and Inclusion

Fiona Pargeter has been chosen for the newly-created position of Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for French luxury fashion house Chanel. The recent hiring addresses the brand’s commitment and the importance to the issues circulating gender, ethnicity, religion or sexuality.

Previously, Fiona Pargeter was Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Swiss Bank UBS across the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Revealed as a new role for Chanel, the fashion house up until the present day had its diversity initiative operated by its People & Organization department. The structural modifications to develop the company’s inclusivity follows in the footsteps of Gucci, who revealed in March that the Italian label would engage in a racial diversity initiative led by Harlem fashion icon Dapper Dan.

Until next time, xoxo, Katie.

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