Fashion week showcases Creativity, inclusiveness
London Fashion Week in February 2018 featured 80 new and returning designer names and guests from 60 countries; national and international press and buyers, and representatives from government, sponsors, patrons and industry.
New figures published during the event estimate that the UK fashion industry directly contributed £29.7billion to the UK GDP in 2016 (Source: Oxford Economics). Fashion remains a major UK employer with 850,000 jobs supported across the industry.
In 2018 LFW focused on Positive Fashion, a platform designed to promote and celebrate diversity, sustainability and openness; encouraging fashion to be used as a platform to promote global positive change. In the centenary year of the Women’s Vote campaign, it also celebrated the inclusivity of the fashion industry and reaffirmed London’s position as an international hub for inclusiveness, openness, creativity, innovation and commerce.
LFW was a five-day event running from Friday 16th to Tuesday 20th February 2018 and featured a total of 47 catwalk shows, 28 presentations, 32 events.
The LFW catwalk show schedule, Designer Showrooms at 180 Strand and DiscoveryLAB featured the pioneers, the established and the emerging bringing together the creative industries from fashion to music, art and design.
Over 100 designers showed their latest collections in the Designer Showrooms, the carefully curated exhibition of London Fashion Week. On the same floor, after its LFWM success, the DiscoveryLAB returned to LFW, an experiential zone for thinkers, makers, explorers and innovators across the landscape of technology, fashion, art and performance.
LFW included Christopher Bailey’s last collection as Chief Creative Officer for Burberry. During his tenure at Burberry, Christopher Bailey ensured the brand remained exciting, relevant and forward-thinking, and has been a major player in creating London’s position as a global capital for creativity and innovation.
The BFC’s NEWGEN initiative featured emerging designers Marta Jakubowski, Paula Knorr, Richard Malone and Sadie Williams.
Other participating designers included Ashley Williams, Ashish, CHALAYAN, Christopher Kane, ERDEM, Emilia Wickstead, Eudon Choi, Fashion East, Faustine Steinmetz, Fyodor Golan, Gareth Pugh, House of Holland, Isa Arfen, Jasper Conran, Lulu Guinness, Margaret Howell, Mary Katrantzou, Matty Bovan, Nicopanda, Osman, Pam Hogg, Peter Pilotto, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Pringle of Scotland, Roberta Einer, Roksanda, Roland Mouret, Ryan Lo, Simone Rocha, Shrimps, Sophia Webster, Temperley London.
London Fashion Week Festival offered immersive experiences with a partnership with Another Space hosting yoga sessions on the catwalk.
Official Sponsors for London Fashion Week were Etihad Airways, Lavazza, London Evening Standard, Maybelline New York, May Fair Hotel, Mercedes-Benz, New Look, The Store Studios and Toni & Guy; Official Suppliers Bags of Ethics, Bounce, DHL, Digital Domain, evian, Fashion and Beauty Monitor, Getty Images, Launchmetrics, Propercorn, Sassy Cider, Scavi&Ray, Triumph, and Verve; Official Funders The European Regional Development Fund and The Mayor of London and Official Supporter The Department for International Trade.
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