Wednesday, 22 April 2020

London Fashion Week To Launch With Digital Platform

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British Fashion Council

The British Fashion Council (BFC) has announced that for the next twelve months all London Fashion Weeks will merge womenswear and menswear into one gender neutral platform, to  allow  designers greater flexibility.

For this June, London Fashion Week, will take a new form, as a digital-only platform in light of the current environment, and will run from 12th June 2020 through the time period of former London Fashion Week Men’s. The digital platform www.londonfashionweek.co.uk will relaunch and be for both trade and consumer audiences; embracing the cultural commentary, creativity and humorous spirit for which British fashion and London are known for.

Caroline Rush CBE, BFC Chief Executive commented: “It is essential to look at the future and the opportunity to change, collaborate and innovate. Many of our businesses have always embraced London Fashion Week as a platform for not just fashion but for its influence on society, identity and culture. The current pandemic is leading us all to reflect more poignantly on the society we live in and how we want to live our lives and build businesses when we get through this. The other side of this crisis, we hope will be about sustainability, creativity and product that you value, respect, cherish. By creating a cultural fashion week platform, we are adapting digital innovation to best fit our needs today and something to build on as a global showcase for the future. Designers will be able to share their stories, and for those that have them, their collections, with a wider global community; we hope that as well as personal perspectives on this difficult time, there will be inspiration in bucketloads. It is what British fashion is known for.

London Fashion Week June 2020 will put storytelling at its heart and give a voice to British fashion businesses and creatives, allowing them to tell their stories in these extraordinary times by tapping into London’s cultural zeitgeist and highlighting its position as a global multi-cultural city. Bringing the fashion community together, the platform will host exclusive multimedia content from designers, creatives, artists and brand partners, enabling collaboration and bringing together fashion, culture and technology.

This new digital experience  will  be  open to  a global public  and trade  audience,  and will work  as  a meet-up point, offering interviews, podcasts, designer diaries, webinars and digital showrooms, giving the opportunity to designers to generate sales for both the public  through  existing  collections and the retailers through orders for next season’s products.

Alongside longstanding brand partners of London Fashion Week, British GQ, Evening Standard, JD.COM, INC, LAVAZZA, LetsBab, Mercedes-Benz, The May Fair Hotel and TONI&GUY, BFC has engaged a number of  digital  pioneering  brands,  including  Amazon  Launchpad,  Facebook,  Google, Instagram, JOOR, ORDRE/ORB360 and YouTube, who will all be activating  content  in  unique ways, helping British designer businesses reach new public and trade audiences. The generosity and commitment of our partners, suppliers and supporters is more vital  than  ever. Please help us by acknowledging their support for London Fashion Week June 2020 alongside our Official Suppliers: Fashion & Beauty Monitor, Getty Images, Launchmetrics, S’well and Official Supporters: The Department for International Trade, The European Regional  Development  Fund and The Mayor of London.