70 countries participate in London fashion week
(Above: London Fashion Week attracts international industry leaders and celebrities. Image: Darren Gerrish/BFC)
Fashion buyers, industry insiders and leaders from over 70 countries are expected at London Fashion Week, one of the key events for the UK fashion industry.
The 66th edition of London Fashion Week features 85 catwalk shows and presentations and 33 events from emerging talent to global brands in a diverse and innovative schedule, which runs from Friday 15 - Tuesday 19 September 2017 at The Store Studios, 180 Strand.
New to the schedule this season are Emporio Armani, Tommy Hilfiger and British brand Ralph & Russo who will debut their first ever ready-to-wear collection.
Internationally celebrated British designers include Antonio Berardi, Anya Hindmarch, CHALAYAN, Charlotte Olympia, Christopher Kane, David Koma, Emilia Wickstead, ERDEM, Fyodor Golan, Margaret Howell, Marques’Almeida, Mary Katrantzou, Peter Pilotto, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Pringle of Scotland, Roksanda, Roland Mouret, Ryan Lo, Sophia Webster, Temperley London and TOPSHOP UNIQUE will also be on schedule to showcase their latest collections.
Other participating brands include Burberry, Fashion East, Gareth Pugh, House of Holland, Simone Rocha, Donatella Versace’s VERSUS and MM6 Maison Margiela.
Emerging womenswear talent showing under the BFC’s NEWGEN initiative include Halpern, Marta Jakubowski, Molly Goddard, Paula Knorr, Richard Malone and Sadie Williams.
Oxford Economics, the consultancy, estimates that the UK fashion industry makes a direct contribution to the UK economy of £28bn, with 880,000 UK jobs supported by the industry.
The London Fashion Week Festival, which runs from the 21st to 24th of September, provides access for consumers to experience the best of British and international fashion including a showcase of designer and trend catwalks shows, designer shopping and industry talks.
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