Facts & Figures SS14

13 September 2013
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Facts & Figures SS14

“London bestrides the world of fashion like a dapper titan and I’m proud to support London Fashion Week, which showcases the brightest and best designers working today. This week promises to be the most exciting yet, offering opportunities for even more people to feel a part of the fashion pack, with pop up stores, live streaming and even a film festival. But it’s not just about how creative and stylish London is, it’s a big moneyspinner, bringing in orders from around the globe and generating billions for our economy.”  - The Mayor of London Boris Johnson

London Fashion Week & British fashion industry facts & figures September 2013:

  • 58 catwalk shows and 15 presentations to take place over 5 days
  • Over 120 UK and international emerging and established, ready-to-wear and accessory designers exhibit in The Designer Showrooms at London Fashion Week
  • Manolo Blahnik and Smythson join the official schedule for the first time this season to host presentations
  • Barbara Casasola to show her SS14 collection on the official schedule for the first time 
  • Vodafone is principal sponsor of London Fashion Week for a fourth season as a part of a three year deal
  • Nicholas Kirkwood (Vogue/Designer Fashion Fund 2013 winner) has worked with the BFC to create bespoke visual event branding and marketing materials that will be used across London Fashion Week for SS14
  • International press from over 51 countries and international buyers from over 52 countries have confirmed attendance
  • Over 5,000 visitors are expected: buyers, TV & radio crews, journalists and photographers
  • This season’s BFC NEWGEN sponsored by TOPSHOP designers with official catwalk shows are: J.JS Lee, Lucas Nascimento, Marques’Almeida, Simone Rocha and Sister by Sibling
  • 2013’s Fashion Forward new recipients showing as part of the catwalk of the schedule are David Koma, Holly Fulton and Michael van der Ham. The scheme is sponsored by eBay Fashion and supported by the Mayor of London
  • The Designer Showrooms will feature the BFC’s initiatives including NEWGEN, sponsored by Topshop; Estethica which gives a platform for eco-sustainable design, Headonism, showcasing new British milliners and the BFC Rock Vault, which is curated by Stephen Webster, showcasing an edit of fine jewellers.
  • New designers at the Designer Showrooms for this SS14 include Ottoline, Touba Showroom, Dorateymur, Kerri Luft, Finlay & Co, Danielle Romeril, Esk, and Bora Aksu
  • Media coverage equals or exceeds most major news and international sporting events
  • UK media coverage each season exceeds £160m (source: Precise) and media coverage from the International Guest Programme exceeds £120m (source: BFC)
  • It is estimated that orders of over £100m are placed during LFW each season; the International Guest Programme alone generates over £74m of orders  (source: BFC)
  • London voted as global fashion capital 2012 for the second consecutive year by the Global Language Monitor (GLM)
  • The direct value of the UK fashion industry to the UK economy  is £21 billion (source: BFC Value of Fashion Report 2010)
  • Oxford Economics estimates that sales of UK designer clothing have been rising by around 20% a year in the last decade, and are currently worth somewhere between £2.5 and £2.9 billion. (source: BFC Future of Fashion Report 2012)
  • 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 2010)
  • The UK fashion industry is estimated to support 816,000 jobs 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 2010)
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Image Credit: Jonathan Saunders, AW13