Tom Ford and Christopher Kane are among the top designers ready to showcase their new collections at London Fashion Week, which kicks off today (13.09.13).
The five-day event is expected to boost the British economy by £100million as industry insiders flock to town to watch the latest spring/summer 2014 collections go down the runway.
As well as Ford (pictured) and Kane, 56 of the UK’s biggest names like Burberry, JW Anderson, Mary Katrantzou and Jonathan Saunders are on the LFW agenda.
Natalie Massenet, the British Fashion Council’s chairman, told Vogue.co.uk: “London is always the most packed schedule – you can’t miss anything because our designers are unpredictable.”
London Fashion Week has been gaining in international recognition in recent years, becoming just as high profile as its counterparts in Milan, Paris and New York.
LFW’s hectic schedule features some new additions this year, with Manolo Blahnik presenting a film of his latest collection, as well as runway debuts from AllSaints and Smythson. This season also sees Emma Hill’s final collection for Mulberry.
Helen David, head of womenswear at Harrods, said: “It’s an exciting time for London with a host of established brands such as Tom Ford and Burberry firmly on the calendar alongside new talent and labels which are growing.
“The city’s reputation for innovative and eclectic designs continues to be cemented.”