As Brexit looms, the UK’s fashion industry has never been so important, stressed Caroline Rush, chief executive of British Fashion Council at the launch of London Fashion Week.
Rush opened the seasonal LFW event this morning (15 February) with chair Stephanie Phair.
“In the backdrop of Brexit never before has the narrative around our creative industry been more important,” said Rush. “British fashion stands for creativity, innovation, global outlook and global collaboration, and London Fashion Week is a global platform that truly welcomes the international fashion community to London and projects a message of creativity and inspiration to consumers all over the world. London is truly open.”
Rush said the BFC has been campaigning for continued access to talent, tariff-free trade, frictionless borders and competitive intellectual property regimes since the Brexit vote was announced.
She added that the BFC was looking beyond 29 March, when the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union, to continue to develop the UK fashion industry’s international growth and development.
“We are also looking at what post March 29th looks like for creativity, what role fashion can play in reinforcing the message that we want global business, we want businesses to invest in the UK and we want talent to study here, join our businesses, invest in our businesses. We will further develop our international outreach and reinforce the reputation of the UK as one that is open, global, innovative and welcoming.”