London Fashion Week kicked off this morning as the stylish world fixes its eye on the British capital for the latest instalment of what will be hot for A/W 2015.
The opening breakfast that started off the proceedings saw Natalie Massenet, chairman of the British Fashion Council, triumphantly announce that,”We are worth more to the UK economy than the car industry,” before going on to explain that this season the council would be focusing on the efforts of “the business pillar, from the CEOs to the finance directors, manufacturers and retail experts—the people that understand that a great bottom line isn’t just about creativity.” And this event was just one in the prelude to London’s stylish happenings. Naomi Campbell’s Fashion For Relief fundraiser, which pre-empted fashion week to raise money for ebola victims, was a huge star-studded success, which saw the likes of Pixie Lott, Jourdan Dunn and Georgia May Jagger strut their stuff down the runway in aid of the cause.
Today’s events also took a more sombre turn as many remembered esteemed Central St.Martins Professor Louise Wilson, who died suddenly last year. “Without the best fashion educators there would be no talent. I’m sure the idea of Louise being acknowledge at the opening breakfast would be suitably admonished on her part,” said Natalie Massenet, referencing the late Professor’s sharp sense of wit and humour. She will be honoured at a memorial service held at St.Paul’s Cathedral today. Louise Wilson has nurtured some of the most outstanding fashion talent, including the likes of Alexander McQueen, and Day One of LFW will finish with the highly-anticipated CSM MA show, which many see as a strong hint of the future fashion stars.