On 15 July 2015 London Fashion Week announced that this September it will be the first to open its doors to the public. Does this mark a true democratisation of fashion? In a word: no. Just being able to see the pieces on the catwalk sure as hell doesn't mean you can actually access them, not without a big fat bank balance anyway. But the fact that what used to be an event so elitist a lot of Editors nearly had a hernia the first time a blogger (now known as "influencers") was allowed to attend is now opening its doors to fashion fans everywhere is quite something. And it makes sense.
Fashion is a business after all. In London, it's a business that truly supports emerging design talent through various award schemes run by the British Fashion Council. Without the necessary capital, the BFC can't continue running initiatives such as the Vogue Designer Fashion Fund; an award that's brought us Erdem, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou and Nicholas Kirkwood. By partnering with retailers, cultural institutions and brands and partners all over the city, London Fashion Week will enable the BFC to continue their important work of nurturing up-and-coming design talent.
Before any gets too outraged, the public event will only run 14 - 15 September 2019, allowing fashion insiders a full three days to feel smug about their front row seats.
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