London Fashion Week kicks off amid Brexit uncertainty

After New York, London kicks off its Fashion Week with 51 different shows including Versus and Burberry.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FEBRUARY 17, 2017) (REUTERS) – After New York, fashionistas gather for London Fashion Week (LFW) where a mix of established names, highstreet labels and emerging designers will present their latest creations during five days of runway shows and presentations.

While smaller than fellow fashion capitals New York, Milan and Paris, London will host labels like Burberry, Mulberry, Versace’s Versus line and Temperley London. The city is known for its fashion schools and new creative talent.

With some brands using the catwalk to make political statements during New York Fashion Week, fashionistas expect London designers could follow suit.

“There seems to be a mood of activism. There seems to be a lot of people finding a voice,” accessories designer Anya Hindmarch said when asked what to expect this fashion season.

More than 50 catwalk shows and 30 presentations will be held during LFW, which takes place with the uncertainty of Brexit looming over the industry.

“We don’t know what the trade deal is going to be at the moment so there’s a lot of scenario planning around it,” Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council told Reuters.

While LFW draws fashionistas from around the world, it also attracted two small demonstrations outside the main venue. A handful of women held banners reading “Fight for real age models at LFW”, while separately three women in bikinis and crocodile masks held banners in the form of handbags with slogans such as “Animals die for exotic skins”.