Another London Fashion Week over, another £100 million added to the coffers of the UK economy. Some of the figures behind the fashion might surprise you.
The fashion industry’s wider contribution to the economy in influencing spending in other industries is estimated by the British Fashion Council’s 2010 Value of Fashion Report to stand at over £37 billion.
The direct value of the UK fashion industry to the UK economy is £21 billion.
Oxford Economics estimates that sales of UK designer clothing have been rising by around 20 per cent a year in the last decade, and are currently worth between £2.5 and £2.9 billion.
Clothing orders of over £100m are placed during London Fashion Week each season, and UK media coverage value each season exceeds £100m.
The UK fashion industry is estimated to support 816,000 jobs and is the largest employer of all the creative industries.
Visitors to London fashion Week this season numbered 5,000 buyers, TV and radio crews, journalists and photographers. Media coverage of LFW equals or exceeds most major news and international sporting events.
UK and international ready-to-wear and accessory designers, both emerging and established, showed at LFW this season.
There were 62 catwalk shows, by designers including Christopher Kane, Meadham Kirchhoff, Vivienne Westwood and Burberry Prorsum.
International press from 42 countries were in attendance.
International buyers attended the SS13 shows from 28 countries
London Fashion Week packed all this activity into five days, from Friday 14 September to Tuesday 18 September.
This season Topshop’s NEWGEN scheme sponsored runway shows for three emerging designers - J.W. Anderson, Michael van der Ham and Simone Rocha.
Two designers came back to London Fashion Week. Irish milliner Philip Treacy returned to the runway after a 12-year-hiatus, with his show opened by Lady Gaga, and walked by a only black models, including Jourdan Dunn and Alek Wek. London label Preen also returned, having shown in New York for the previous five years.
For the first time, London Fashion Week adopted visual branding that was displayed across all LFW venues and marketing materials, and the man they chose for the job of creating the design? Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders.
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