London Fashion Week is finally here

London Fashion Week is finally here

Boris Johnson Mayor of London has officially opened London Fashion Week, alongside BFC Chairman Harold Tillman CBE, and announced plans for Fashion 2012.


•    68 catwalk shows and 37 presentations to take place over 6 days
•    205 UK and International emerging and established, ready to wear and accessories designers at The Exhibition at London Fashion Week (LFW)
•    Canon is the principal sponsor for the twelfth consecutive season
•    The Exhibition at LFW will play host to 19 Estethica designers, 17 NEWGEN designers and 6 Multibrand   Showrooms
•    Menswear day, now in its 6th season, has 9 shows and 6 presentations
•    On the catwalk there are 4 NEWGEN, sponsored by Topshop, designers: David Koma, Holly Fulton, Louise Gray, and Michael van der Ham
•    2 NEWGEN MEN, sponsored by TOPMAN, designers are showing on the catwalk: Christopher Shannon and James Long
•    Fashion Forward, sponsored by Coutts & Co and supported by the Mayor of London, will support three designers on the catwalk this season: Meadham Kirchhoff, Peter Pilotto and Todd Lynn
•    Over 5,000 visitors are expected: buyers, TV & radio crews, journalists and photographers
•    Media coverage equals or exceeds most major news and international sporting events
•    UK media coverage each season now exceeds £100m and media coverage from the International Guest Programme exceeds £53m (source: Precise)
•    It is estimated that orders of over £100m are placed during LFW each season; the International Guest Programme alone generates over £50m of orders
•    The direct value of the UK fashion industry to the UK economy  is £21 billion (source: BFC Value of Fashion Report)
•    Fashion’s wider contribution to the economy in influencing spending in other industries is estimated to stand at over £37 billion (source: BFC Value of Fashion Report)
•    The UK fashion industry is estimated to support 1.3 million jobs, equivalent 4.5% of total employment, and is the largest employer of all the creative industries. The sector also provides opportunities to minority groups to a greater extent than most other creative industries (source: BFC Value of Fashion Report)
•    The UK Fashion industry is similar in size to the food/beverages services and telecommunications industries and bigger than the wholesale and retail of automotives, sports activities, chemical manufacture and advertising/video sectors (source: BFC Value of Fashion Report)
•    Major export markets are USA, Japan, Russia, France, Italy, Middle East, Hong Kong, China
•    The UK is renowned for having the best fashion colleges in the world




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