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On Friday London Fashion Week (LFW) opens to welcome over 5,000 guests, from international press to buyers, broadcasters, influencers and industry insiders from over 70 countries. This will be the 66th edition of London Fashion Week which runs from Friday 15 – Tuesday 19 September 2017 at The Store Studios, 180 Strand.

Featuring 85 catwalk shows and presentations and 33 events from emerging talent to global brands, the diversity of the LFW schedule is a testament to the inclusive and innovative British fashion industry on display in London.

London Fashion Week Facts and Figures

The UK’s £66billion fashion industry accounts for 6% of UK’s market (Fashion United, 2017)

£28billion direct contribution to the UK economy (GDP) from the UK fashion industry, up from £26billion in 2013 (Oxford Economics, 2014)

Womenswear value sales rose by 1.3% to £27.25billion in 2016 and are predicted to rise to reach £28.77billion in 2021 (Mintel, 2017)

£27billion worth of womenswear (RTW) sales in the UK in 2015. This figure is predicted to grow 23% by 2020 to £32billion (Mintel, 2016)

£12.4billion spent on fashion online in the UK in 2015, up 16% from £10.7billion in 2014 (Mintel, 2015)

£9billion is the value of the web-based fashion and footwear market in the UK, it is predicted to grow to £11billion(Euromonitor, 2015)

Over £1million worth of pro-bono support provided to BFC designers by BFC Fashion Network partners and mentors with over 10,000 hours of support provided in 2016

880,000 jobs supported by the UK fashion industry, up from 797,000 in 2013 (Oxford Economics, 2014)

£700,000 raised by The Fashion Awards 2016 and donated to the BFC Education Foundation and given to support NEWGEN, Business Support and the BFC Colleges Council

£300,000 pledged by Swarovski to the BFC Education Foundation in advance of The Fashion Awards

45,000 images shot by Getty photographers on and off the runway over five days

32,000 miles driven between shows by a luxurious fleet of fuel efficient chauffeured Mercedes-Benz cars

20,000 espressos served and 200kg of Lavazza coffee beans roasted on site

£20,000 to be awarded for the DHL International Fashion Potential Award during LFW

5,000 serves of Scavi & Ray Prosecco consumed by guests at The Store Studios

3,571 units of label.m products used backstage each season across 40 show

890 New Look store windows internationally featuring the LFW logo including the UK, France, Poland, China and the Middle Eas

3,000 copies of ES Magazine read on site over the course of LFW

225 makeovers completed for guests in the Maybelline New York Lounge on-site at LFW

Close to 7 in 10 (67%) women have bought clothes online in the last 12 months. (Mintel, 2017)

48% of female young Millennials are interested in retailers using more eco-friendly fabrics (Mintel, 2017)

37% of women would like retailers to offer more season-less clothes; 35% more high-quality garments, 21% unique designs and 6% trend-led designs. (Mintel, 2017)