So as you know, London Fashion Week kicks off tomorrow and we have everything you need to know right here.
On Friday London Fashion Week (LFW) opens to welcome over 5,000 guests, from international press to buyers, broadcasters, influencers and industry insiders from over 70 countries. This will be the 66th edition of London Fashion Week which runs from Friday 15 - Tuesday 19 September 2017 at The Store Studios, 180 Strand.
New to the schedule this season are Emporio Armani who will show to coincide with the re-launch of their London flagship, alongside Tommy Hilfiger who will debut their latest TOMMYNOW see-now buy-now collection to an audience of trade and consumers and British brand Ralph & Russo who will debut their first ever ready-to-wear collection. Other brands joining the schedule include Nicopanda and Dr Pam Hogg alongside the relaunched Fiorucci on the events schedule.
Burberry will present their new collection on Saturday as well as Fashion East, Gareth Pugh, House of Holland, J.W. Anderson, Ports 1961 and Simone Rocha. Donatella Versace’s VERSUS and MM6 Maison Margiela will host a show and a presentation respectively on the Sunday.
The pioneering emerging womenswear talent showing under the BFC’s NEWGEN initiative this season are Halpern, Marta Jakubowski, Molly Goddard, Paula Knorr, Richard Malone and Sadie Williams. Mother of Pearl and palmer//harding, joint recipients of this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, will show on Saturday and Tuesday respectively.
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.
You’ll spy a few Scottish names amongst those exhibiting at LFW including Scottish Fashion Award winners Christopher Kane and Dr Pam Hogg. Christopher Kane started his own label in 2006 after a very successful MA collection that gathered much media attention. His collections are always instantly recognisable because of creative and playful twists, his collections continue to surprise.
Pam Hogg is famous, or shall we say infamous as we know she would prefer that, for her its all about the rebellion and not sticking to the norm! Identifiable from anaywhere, Pam Hogg has been so successful over the years that she was recognised at the Scottish Fashion Awards as a Fashion Icon!
Keeps your eyes peeled to see who’s sitting FROW, in the meantime we have some facts and figures to keep you going…
FACTS AND FIGURES
The UK’s £66 billion fashion industry accounts for 6% of UK’s market (Fashion United, 2017) £28billion direct contribution to the UK economy (GDP) from the UK fashion industry, up from
£26billion in 2013 (Oxford Economics, 2014) Womenswear value sales rose by 1.3% to £27.25 billion in 2016 and are predicted to rise to reach
£28.77billion in 2021 (Mintel, 2017) £27billion worth of womenswear (RTW) sales in the UK in 2015. This figure is predicted to grow 23%
by 2020 to £32billion (Mintel, 2016) £12.4billion spent on fashion online in the UK in 2015, up 16% from £10.7billion in 2014 (Mintel, 2015)
£9 billion is the value of the web-based fashion and footwear market in the UK, it is predicted to grow to £11billion (Euromonitor, 2015)
Over £1million worth of pro-bono support provided to BFC designers by BFC Fashion Network partners and mentors with over 10,000 hours of support provided in 2016
880,000 jobs supported by the UK fashion industry, up from 797,000 in 2013 (Oxford Economics, 2014) £700,000 raised by The Fashion Awards 2016 and donated to the BFC Education Foundation and given
to support NEWGEN, Business Support and the BFC Colleges Council £300,000 pledged by Swarovski to the BFC Education Foundation in advance of The Fashion Awards 45,000 images shot by Getty photographers on and off the runway over five days
20,000 espressos served and 200kg of Lavazza coffee beans roasted on site £20,000 to be awarded for the DHL International Fashion Potential Award during LFW 5,000 serves of Scavi & Ray Prosecco consumed by guests at The Store Studios
32,000 miles driven between shows by a luxurious fleet of fuel efficient chauffeured Mercedes-Benz cars
3,571 units of label.m products used backstage each season across 40 shows
890 NewLook store windows internationally featuring the LFW logo including the UK, France, Poland, China and the Middle East
3,000 copies of ES Magazine read on site over the course of LFW
225 makeovers completed for guests in the Maybelline New York Lounge on-site at LFW
Close to 7 in 10 (67%) women have bought clothes online in the last 12 months. (Mintel, 2017)
48% of female young Millennials are interested in retailers using more eco-friendly fabrics (Mintel, 2017)
37% of women would like retailers to offer more season-less clothes; 35% more high-quality garments, 21% unique designs and 6% trend-led designs. (Mintel, 2017)