Position last year: 49
It was a year of growth and change for chief executive Caroline Rush and the British Fashion Council, which organises events and initiatives such as London Fashion Week and London Collections: Men.
June’s spring 16 edition of menswear event LCM added an extra day to its schedule, allowing yet more designers to showcase their latest collections and continuing to draw in an ever-growing pool of international buyers and press, truly establishing it as a key date on the menswear buying schedule.
Rush and her team also successfully uprooted womenswear event London Fashion Week from its old location at Somerset House to a new home at Brewer Street Car Park in Soho for September’s edition. A somewhat unexpected move, the new venue and show room space was met with praise from brands and buyers alike.
The British Fashion Council’s other initiatives continued to nurture and support the UK’s fashion designers throughout 2015, ranging from the New Gen and New Gen Men scheme for emerging talents, through to the Designer Fashion Fund, which was awarded to Mary Katrantzou in 2015. Rush also launched a new initiative called Future British in collaboration with retailer Boden to support young brands from the UK.