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Drapers Top 100 2017 – 39. Dame Natalie Massenet and Caroline Rush, chairman and CEO, British Fashion Council

Position last year: 38

The British Fashion Council continued to celebrate and support the UK’s fashion talent throughout 2017, led by chairman Dame Natalie Massenet and CEO Caroline Rush. The jewels in the BFC’s crown, London Fashion Week and London Fashion Week Men’s, continued to grow and evolve through the year. September’s womenswear shows were possibly LFW’s biggest and most international to date, with a host of blockbuster events including Burberry’s latest “see now, buy now” show, alongside international names such as Tommy Hilfiger and Emporio Armani.

In March, the BFC unveiled its new Designer Fact File, a nationwide database to link designers and brands with high-end manufacturers from across the UK. In September it teamed up with etailer, to help designers that are part of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund access the Chinese market.

The BFC’s Newgen initiative, which continues to support emerging designers and brands, was also reformatted in April, and now gives much-needed financial support and mentoring advice to 15 emerging designers and brands.

Massenet will leave the BFC at the end of this year and it will be interesting to see where her new ventures place her in next year’s Top 100.

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