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As Brexit Looms, Prime Minister Theresa May Looks to the Future of British Fa... LONDON, United Kingdom — Just as the Marc Jacobs show was closing New York Fashion Week across the Atlantic, scores of London-based designers, editors, buyers, executives and educators — from Christopher Bailey and Dame Vivienne Westwood to Vogue’s Alexandra Shulman and Browns founder Joan Burstein — assembled yesterday evening at 10 Downing Street, home of the new British Prime Minister Theresa May, as the unofficial kick off to London Fashion Week. As the ornate room filled with people, guests wondered aloud, “Is she actually going to show up?”

And if she did, “what will she say?” The elephant in the room was the UK’s decision to leave the EU following the Brexit vote on June 24. This would be the prime minister’s first opportunity to address the British fashion industry on the subject in a direct way. May was dressed in black, wearing tailored Amanda Wakeley trousers with a now sold-out piece from Palmer/Harding’s collaboration with John Lewis. Stavros Karelis — FOUNDER — Machine-A. EU Referendum Rules triggering a 2nd EU Referendum. The Petitions Committee has decided to schedule a House of Commons debate on this petition. The debate will take place on 5 September at 4.30pm in Westminster Hall, the second debating chamber of the House of Commons. The debate will be opened by Ian Blackford MP. The Committee has decided that the huge number of people signing this petition means that it should be debated by MPs.

The Petitions Committee would like to make clear that, in scheduling this debate, they are not supporting the call for a second referendum. The debate will allow MPs to put forward a range of views on behalf of their constituents. A debate in Westminster Hall does not have the power to change the law, and won’t end with the House of Commons deciding whether or not to have a second referendum. The Petitions Committee is a cross-party group of MPs. Fashion’s most iconic political statements. As the date of the UK election draws nearer, politicians have turned their attention to fashion and pop culture in an attempt to wrest the youth vote. David Cameron has claimed Kardashian kinship, Nick Clegg has starred in an “Uptown Funk” election anthem, and the Labour Party has channelled Katharine Hamnett with their “Hell Yes” slogan tee.

These recent antics come as no surprise – fashion and politics have long been linked. Last week we paid tribute to Dame Vivienne Westwood’s best protests, one of the great masters of using fashion as a vehicle for social commentary. Now we turn our attention to other designers who have used their clothes to shine a spotlight on important issues. AW95’s “Highland Rape” show by Alexander McQueen saw the iconic provocateur present one of the most controversial fashion collections of all time.

Fashion’s enfant terrible Jean Paul Gaultier caused a sensation when he sent men down the runway wearing skirts in his 1984 Paris show “And God Created Man.” Does Fashion Have a Place in Politics? Whilst some may argue that fashion and politics have no business being mentioned in the same sentence- I disagree. My interest in fashion from a young age stemmed from a fascination in clothing’s purpose beyond the practical. I’ve always been intrigued by the way personal style acts as a non-verbal rhetoric that we use to communicate who we are with each other.

Psychologist have deduced that it takes us just 3 seconds to make a judgment about someone based on their appearance. That’s a snap judgment, but a judgment nonetheless. And whilst it may seem depressingly shallow, humans are intrinsically wired to decipher things like gender, social class and status symbols from each other’s appearance- and clothes play a large part in this.

Much like politics, fashion is paradoxically elitist whilst also being democratic. But whilst our personal style decisions can be quite subtle and even subconscious, politician’s sartorial choices are often much more considered than it appears. Karl Lagerfeld on fashion, brexit and feline muses. Euronews – Isabelle Kumar He’s an icon – often described as the Kaiser – The Emperor in German- because when you are creative director to some of the most important Haute coutures houses in the world – Fendi, Chanel and your own label – you can really say that you rule the fashion world. We are in Rome to celebrate 90 years of Fendi – and are going to meet none other than Karl Lagerfeld. Karl Lagerfeld many thanks for being with us in the Global Conversation. The meaning of luxury We are here in Rome to celebrate 90 years of Fendi, a company we associate with luxury but what does luxury mean to you? Karl Lagerfeld Fendi is a good example of what luxury can and should be.

But you know there are many different types of luxury. Biography: Karl Lagerfeld Euronews But luxury for you is perhaps also working. Karl Lagerfeld There is no secret, because let’s not forget for Fendi as well as Chanel, I work in exceptional conditions. Karl Lagerfeld Not my birthday !! Euronews No! Euronews There are 3? How retailers can fashion their way through Brexit. Why Brexit is good for the fashion industry | British GQ. On the eve of the EU referendum in June during London Collections Men it wasn’t hard to gauge which direction the fashion pack was leaning. Unsurprisingly, thanks to factors such as the EU support of many of the initiatives of the British Fashion Council (BFF) and the fact that myriad young designers work with factories and suppliers from Lithuania to Lisbon, the community is an outward-looking and inclusive bunch.

Indeed, during the campaign the BFC reported that of the near-500 designers it polled, 90 per cent planned to vote for Remain. Now the world has changed and in the face of a probable Brexit, whatever individual’s feelings may be the UK fashion industry has to start accentuating the positive. An obvious short-term silver lining is the weakness of sterling on the international markets has made London a bargain bonanza for shoppers paying in dollars, euros and yuans while reports are that e-tailing is booming. Astonishingly, the effects were almost instantaneous. After Brexit, which way for fashion?

The impact of Brexit on the fashion industry is daunting, brain-scrambling and multi-levelled. The industry directly contributed £28bn to the UK’s economy in 2015 and employs 880,000 in roles from manufacturing to retail. For many British designers and stores, there will be an immediate hit on costs and margins. Once Brexit has been achieved, it could jeopardise design talent and retailers within the global marketplace forever. Sample the FT’s top stories for a week You select the topic, we deliver the news. During the campaign the British Fashion Council (BFC) reported that of the near-500 designers it polled, 90 per cent planned to vote for Remain. “I was surprised as anybody by the result of the referendum,” says Paul Smith.

In the short term, some in the industry are happy. Luca Solca, head of luxury goods at Exane BNP Paribas, calls this positive effect “margin tailwind”. Currency volatility is a huge worry. “It’s such an overly simplistic view as to be offensive,” says Grant. Bits & Bytes | Online-Only Asos Shines, Brexit Bad For Fashion | Fashion-Tech, Bits & Bytes | BoF. "Asos Outshines High-Street Rivals as Online-Only Model Bears Fruit" (The Financial Times) "The Aim-quoted online retailer is enjoying sales growth that its high-street rivals could not even dream of. " "Brexit: What Does It Mean for Online Retailers? " (The Guardian) "With currency fluctuations and the potential burden of tariffs and taxes, e-tailers worry that leaving the EU will come at an almighty cost. " "Using an Algorithm to Figure Out What Luxury Customers Really Want" (Harvard Business Review) "The enormous volume of data collected from mystery shoppers, online reviews, social media, blogs, and ratings agencies about customer preferences and experiences has become too overwhelming for any business to assess.

" "Google Faces New Round of Antitrust Charges in Europe" (The New York Times) "Announced on Thursday, a new round of antitrust charges against the company — the third set since early 2015 — claiming that some of the company’s advertising products had restricted consumer choice. " What Brexit Means for the Fashion Industry. Today's news that Britain has voted to leave the European Union has sent stock markets plunging and hammered the British pound, which hit its lowest point in decades. Although it will likely take years for Britain to untangle itself from the EU, many in the fashion industry are left questioning what the change could mean for their livelihoods. Of course, London is a major fashion player, with the fashion industry contributing an estimated $38 billion to the UK economy in 2014, according to the Business of Fashion.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below A weak pound and uncertainty about new tariffs could mean major challenges for UK-based businesses, which often source fabrics and produce in other parts of Europe. Before last night's vote, the British Fashion Council surveyed its members and found that the vast majority—90% of members—wanted to remain in the EU. This turmoil is predicted to affect prices of items coming into and out of Britain, as well. Getty. After Brexit, which way for fashion?