It seemed impossible that the British Fashion Council could have found anyone as suave as Sir Stuart Rose to chair its board when the M&S boss stood down at the start of the year.
But with the appointment of Jaeger boss Harold Tillman it may have raised the bar.
In his handover of London Fashion Week with Rose in February, Tillman pulled off more outfit changes each day than the average catwalk model. And it was during LFW that his Jaeger business cemented its fashion credentials with the first catwalk show in its 120-year history.
September’s LFW was overshadowed by negotiations – at which Tillman acted as referee – with the New York Fashion Week organisers, whose attempts to push back its dateline threatened to squeeze London out of the international schedule. London emerged intact if somewhat curtailed, but it is quality rather than quantity that counts and that is something that Tillman knows all about.