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London Fashion Week opens today

London Fashion Week opens its doors today, with the 25th anniversary show promising to bring a raft of big-name designers and buyers back to the capital.

Below are some fast facts and figures about this season’s event, which runs from today until Wednesday, September 23, at Somerset House and 180 The Strand:

  • 59 shows will take place over 6 days
  • The full presentation schedule will feature 26 designers
  • This season sees the launch of sponsorship scheme Newgen Men and the first full menswear day on-schedule
  • There are 200 ready-to-wear and accessory exhibitors at the LFW exhibition
  • The exhibition will play host to 28 estethica designers, 17 Newgen designers, 13 as part of the Lingerie Collective, and six multibrand showrooms.
  • On the catwalk there are five Newgen designers: House of Holland, Mark Fast, Mary Katrantzou, Meadham Kirchhoff and Peter Pilotto
  • There are three Fashion Forward designers on the catwalk: Christopher Kane, Erdem and Marios Schwab
  • Over 5,000 visitors are expected: buyers, TV & radio crews, journalists and photographers
  • Canon is the principal sponsor for the eighth consecutive season
  • Media coverage equals or exceeds most major news and international sporting events
  • Worldwide media coverage is worth over £50m each season (source: Cision)
  • LFW is worth £20m to the London economy in terms of direct spend (source: BFC commissioned report)
  • Last season orders placed were in the region of £100m
  • The clothing industry is an important industry. In 2007, it produced £3.8bn worth of goods clothing and textile industries combined produced £8.5 billion worth of goods.
  • The fashion industry, including fashion retail is the second largest employer. The clothing industry is particularly important in terms of its widespread location and its high female employment - almost 80% of employees in the clothing industry are women. The sector also provides opportunities to minority groups to a greater extent than most other creative industries.
  • In 2008 UK consumers spent £46bn (in current prices) on clothing and footwear. 
  • The UK adult designer clothing market reached £1.9bn in retail terms in 2007 and represented 6.5% of the entire adult clothing market. (source: Mintel 2008)
  • Designer fashion makes a net contribution to the UK economy of £450m a year. Overseas sales of apparel and textile industry combined are worth £7.3 billion at manufacturers prices (source:Office for National Statistics)
  • Major export sectors are USA, Japan, Russia, France, Italy, Middle East, Hong Kong, China
  • The online fashion market continues to boom and it is expected to reach £4.1 billion in 2009, up by 26% on 2008 (Source: Mintel).

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