Notes from official London Fashion Week opening

March 22, 2019 0 By HearthstoneYarns

The British Fashion Council officially opened London Fashion Week on
Friday, which saw its new Chairman, Stephanie Phair see in her first
womenswear catwalk season since her appointment in May.

“This is my first official London Fashion Week as Chair of the British
Fashion Council and I can’t wait to see the talent that I know London has,”
Phair enthused.

“The story I am keen to tell this fashion week, is that behind the
creativity we will see on the catwalks, there are strong business stories,
that London is THE global fashion capital and that the businesses here and
talent that studies here fuels creativity and innovation around the world.”

“When I agreed to take on this role, I knew that as an industry we are
facing extraordinary challenges, much brought on by the disruption in
digital. I know that my background in digital will play a role in helping
us shape some ambitious plans for change, putting digital innovation front
and centre. I really believe that in times of change that there are the
most opportunities, and my experience has taught me that success comes from
embracing and harnessing change, not running away from it.”

“This week we should rally the support of industry, consumers, the city,
the creative industries to champion fashion businesses, after all fashion
is the ultimate cultural signifier. Beyond music, art, fashion is the most
visible express of self. Fashion empowers us, it defines a sense of self
and no place more than London celebration difference while bringing people
together. And in time of politic division, when border seem to be closing,
it is important that we celebrate what can unite.”

Caroline Rush, the BFC’s Chief Executive stated: “There is no better city
in the world for fashion and no better place to see the breadth of British
and global fashion talent than here, at London Fashion Week.”

British fashion is worth 32bn pounds to the economy

“We have new data – we are worth 32 billion pounds in GDP to the British
economy, that’s 5.4 percent growth against the economy’s 1.7 percent,
representing 890,000 jobs, again an increase of 1.8 percent, again
outstripping national growth figures – so some really good news stories for
our industry.”

Margot James, Minister of State for the Department for Digital, Culture,
Media and Sport, also saw in her first London Fashion Week and stated:
“Government is committed to giving creative firms across the country the
support they need to compete on the global stage. To help these businesses
fulfil this ambition we recently announced over 4m pounds for the new
Creative Industries Trade Board, which funds fantastic projects like the
British Fashion Council’s LONDON show ROOMS in Paris.”

Photo credit: British Fashion Council website