London Fashion week began on Friday 20th Feb and runs until Tuesday 24th Feb
London Fashion Week began in 1984, and is considered one of the “big four” fashion weeks, alongside Paris, New York and Milan
This year’s “must have” fashion accessory is the “Oysterlet”, a chic bracelet with a cunning add on that fits up your sleeve, and can be used in exactly same the way as London’s “Oyster” travelcards. Unfurl your Oysterlet on the tube or bus and note how the jaws of your fellow passengers drop in amazement!
LFW takes place at Somerset House with a specially erected marquee and catwalk playing host to 70 of the world’s top designers: Anya Hindmarch, Mulberry, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, Top Shop Unique and Sadie Westwood are some of the big names exhibiting this year.
LFW expects to attract over 5,000 visitors and anticipates orders of over £100m will be made over the 5 days; over 150 fashion brands will be exhibiting in the Designer Showrooms. That’s 3/4 of a million each!
Issa, Amanda Wakeley and Belstaff are 3 big brands returning to the catwalk this season. Hunter, Mother of Pearl and Whistles are making their LFW debut!
The UK’s fashion industry is worth £26 billion to the economy, supporting nearly 800,000 jobs. The industry has grown almost 22% since 2009; employment has dropped by nearly 3%
Much of the clothing exhibited at LFW will not be made available to shoppers for up to six months. To try to counter the time lag, Burberry have been making some of its line available for sale since 2010, and other brands are following suit, including Tommy Hilfiger, who did so recently at New York Fashion Week.