Lon­don Fash­ion Week to kick off amid Brexit fears

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CLASSIFIEDS / FEATURES -

Lon­don is start­ing its stint at the cen­tre of the fash­ion uni­verse as in­dus­try lead­ers ex­press con­cerns about the po­ten­tial im­pact of Brexit.

Top de­sign­ers in­clud­ing Burberry, Christo­pher Kane, Vic­to­ria Beck­ham, Er­dem and oth­ers will be show­ing new col­lec­tions in a se­ries of shows that start on Fri­day.

An­tic­i­pa­tion is high, es­pe­cially with a new cre­ative di­rec­tor at Burberry and a rare Lon­don cat­walk show by Beck­ham, the former Spice Girl who has won plau­dits for her de­signs.

But Bri­tish Fash­ion Coun­cil chair­woman Stephanie Phair told the BBC Fri­day there are wide con­cerns about the im­pact of Bri­tain leav­ing the Euro­pean Union.

She says the un­cer­tainty of Brexit plans is mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for the fash­ion in­dus­try to de­velop a strat­egy. Bri­tain is sched­uled to leave the EU in March.

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