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International LFW kicks off against Brexit back drop

British Fashion Council chief executive Caroline Rush today reiterated calls for frictionless borders, tariff free access to the European Union and support for international talent post Brexit, as she opened the 66th edition of London Fashion Week.

Rush stressed that the fashion industry needs to continue to encourage international talent to come to the UK or risk being ”very parochial in our views and less diverse in our outlook.”

“The internationalism we will see across Fashion Week comes at a really important time and against the backdrop of all the Brexit headlines,” Rush explained.

”Our industry, our businesses, our creatives and our talent are international, literally in citizenship but also in outlook. 

“London is the most diverse, multi-cultural and open city in the world and we fiercely protect that reputation. Our Brexit agenda remains the same. We need to work with and support talent in the UK. Our education system needs to support creative people and we need to ensure that talent can travel here from all over the world.”

London Fashion Week will see international designers including Versus, Emporio Armani and Tommy Hilfiger stage shows across the capital.

Justine Simmons, deputy mayor for cultures and the creative industries added: “There are 300 languages spoken in London every day and this diversity is central to our success as a global city.”

The British Fashion Council, Dame Vivienne Westwood and the Mayor of London have also joined forces to encourage the fashion industry to switch to a green energy supplier by 2020 in a bid to tackle climate change. Brands including Belstaff Christopher Raeburn, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols have already pledged their support.

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