×
2 545
Fashion Jobs
URBN
Free People Assistant Visual Manager - Kings Road, London
Permanent · LONDON
URBN
Anthroplogie Visual Manager - Regent st, London
Permanent · LONDON
ESTEE LAUDER
Clinique - Consultant - Jollys, Bath - 7.5 Hours - Part Time, Permanent
Permanent · Bath
ESTEE LAUDER
la Mer - Business Manager - Selfridges, Exchange, Manchester - 37.5 Hours / 5 Days - Full Time, Permanent
Permanent · Manchester
ESTEE LAUDER
Clinique - Consultant - John Lewis, Cribbs Causeway - 13 Hours - Part Time, Permanent
Permanent · Patchway
ESTEE LAUDER
Tom Ford, Frederic Malle, by Kilian - Business Manager - Harvey Nichols, London - 37.5 Hours / Week - Full Time, Permanent
Permanent · London
AESOP
Retail Consultant | Part Time, Permanent | New Aesop Battersea Power Station, London
Permanent · London
AESOP
Retail Consultant | Full-Time, Permanent | New Aesop Battersea Power Station, London
Permanent · London
BERSHKA
General Manager - Bershka Blanchardstown
Permanent ·
STRADIVARIUS
General Manager - Stradivarius Jervis
Permanent ·
STRADIVARIUS
Stradivarius General Manager Stratford
Permanent · LONDON
DEBENHAMS
CRM Assistant
Permanent · LONDON
HEAD OFFICE
Information Security Analyst (Cloud), Secure by Design
Permanent · BRACKNELL
AUTUMNPAPER LIMITED
Alexander Mcqueen Senior Performance Marketing Manager - 12 Month Ftc
Permanent · LONDON
DR. MARTENS
Retail Regional Manager - UK
Permanent · LONDON
BOOHOO GROUP
Warehouse Operative
Permanent · BURNLEY
VF INTERNATIONAL
Account Coordinator - Italian Speaking - Vans
Permanent · NOTTINGHAM
VF INTERNATIONAL
Senior Distribution Systems Specialist
Permanent · COALVILLE
VF INTERNATIONAL
dc Inventory Team Leader
Permanent · COALVILLE
VF INTERNATIONAL
Warehouse Area Manager
Permanent · COALVILLE
VF INTERNATIONAL
dc Team Leader
Permanent · COALVILLE
ESTEE LAUDER
la Mer, Bobbi Brown And Darphin - Consumer & Business Analyst
Permanent · London
By
AFP
Translated by
Jennifer Braun
Published
Feb 19, 2022
Reading time
3 minutes
Share
Download
Download the article
Print
Click here to print
Text size
aA+ aA-

Caroline Rush (BFC): "Many designers embrace the hybrid model”

By
AFP
Translated by
Jennifer Braun
Published
Feb 19, 2022

London Fashion Week kicked off its five-day hybrid schedule on Friday, with a return to pre-pandemic normalcy still far from being achieved, and with Brexit still a challenge, said Caroline Rush, director of the British Fashion Council (BFC), to AFP. 


Caroline Rush - BFC


Still, digital runway presentations have been embraced as a creative and commercial opportunity for many brands, and hybrid presentations could be here to last.

What can we expect of fashion week in London after two very difficult years?

Caroline Rush: This week, we are delighted to welcome runway presentations that will once again embrace a hybrid format with some 60 digital presentations and 50 in-person ones. There is a real appetite for a face-to-face experience and I look forward to seeing an international audience return. We are clearly not back to normal, but this is progress from where we were in September and September was already an improvement (compared to the peak of the pandemic when Fashion Week had to be cancelled, editor’s note).

We won’t have people from many Asian countries who are still not able to travel, but there are representatives from the U.K. here, so you can still do business and see the collections, and buying online is something that people have gotten used to.

I don’t know if we’ll go back to where we were before. The need to move to digital runway presentations has inspired many creators over the past two years and it is now up to them to decide how they want to show their work. Many of them may decide to do a in-person runway presentation in February and a digital one in September, truly embracing the hybrid model.

What has been the impact of the pandemic and Brexit?

CR: It’s been two very difficult years. The pandemic has hit everyone in the industry, digital sales (surged) and the way we buy has changed.

The Covid-19 supply chain crisis has been a real challenge. Some designers can’t show their collection because there’s been an outbreak of cases in their factory. It’s hard to produce a collection in time, but it’s getting better.

Brexit continues to be a challenge for the fashion industry, whether it’s tariffs, paperwork, visas for people to work in different countries. We have an active dialogue with the government. Of course, free trade agreements have been signed and we want to ensure that the fashion industry is at the centre of discussions, and that the difficulties and lessons of Brexit are taken into account. But we are optimistic — we have incredible designers, innovation and creativity, and that continues to resonate around the world.”

The fashion industry has been heavily criticized in recent months for its negative environmental impact...

CR: We will talk a lot (during Fashion Week) about sustainability. As an industry, we know we have an impact on the planet. We’ve made commitments to really think about how we can move to more circular fashion in the UK. Designers have really been at the forefront of this transition, and new talent is very keen to create sustainably-oriented businesses. We have to think about the materials we us, but for that we need infrastructures to collect and recycle (old clothes).

Designers and companies are thinking in terms of resale and repair to extend the life of a garment, but we do not necessarily have the mechanical and chemical recycling infrastructure in the United Kingdom. This represents a tremendous opportunity for the country to create skills and jobs.

Copyright © 2022 AFP. All rights reserved. All information displayed in this section (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the contents of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presses.