High hopes for British luxury ahead of London Fashion Week
LONDON (REUTERS) - British designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith and Burberry's Christopher Bailey are among the top names who will show off their creations during London fashion week from Friday amid high hopes for growth in Britain's luxury sector.
Even as retailers start packing their stores with winter stock, September is one of the most important months in the fashion calendar as the four big catwalk fixtures - New York, London, Milan and Paris - gear up for spring/summer 2014.
Long seen as the smaller sibling to the other fashion capitals, London is best known as a showcase for cutting edge talent and avant-garde trends, mixing new names such as Simone Rocha with established designers like Westwood.
The spring/summer and autumn/winter fashion weeks in London each attract more than 100 million pounds (S$199 million) in orders, according to the British Fashion Council (BFC) as well as buyers, journalists and bloggers from around the world.