THE 10 ESSENTIAL TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS YEAR’S LONDON FASHION WEEK, INCLUDING THE KEY STREET-STYLE TRENDS

To outsiders, London Fashion Week might appear like a frenzied gathering of industry insiders who concern themselves only with whether or not they’re sitting on the front row, or how many glasses of prosecco they’ve had that day.

In reality, this is – at its core – a trade event that sees press, buyers, trend forecasters, shareholders and others, gather to see what is on offer for the coming months. Attendees will decide what flies and what falls flat, what will be stocked in their stores and what will be relegated to history books and what will be filtered down and democratised to millions of high street shoppers. Imagine, if you will, that scene in The Devil Wears Prada, where Meryl Streep tells Anne Hathaway that her cerulean jumper wasn’t something she merely picked up in a bargain bin, but something several factions of the fashion industry handpicked as a trend.

Fashion week, more than just an Instagram opportunity, represents the gathering of an industry that provides over 890,000 jobs for people across the UK and contributes an estimated £32.3 billion to the UK GDP.
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