Mar 14, 2013

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High Street Vs Catwalk

London Fashion Week was undoubtedly a highlight of this year’s fashion calendar, with a huge number of established and up-and-coming designer showcasing their collections for seasons to come. Some label-lovers argue that clothes from high street shops lack the style and cut of designer pieces shown at the likes of London Fashion Week. However, the quality of our great British high street is famed the world over: here, we look at the hotly contested high street vs. catwalk debate.

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week

“Catwalks showcase the best of British”

It can be argued that events like London Fashion Week are a platform for British talent, and help to further the careers of up-and-coming young designers. Sponsors like Topshop and schemes like Fashion Forward help to strengthen the position of emerging Brit design talent and the media presence at London Fashion Week furthers this. Over 5,000 visitors were present at the event, including buyers, TV and radio crews and journalists.

Many think that all high street clothes are made in factories abroad and shipped to the UK, which is hardly supportive of our home-grown fashion industry. Although this may be the case with some shops, there are a number of exceptions. Phillip Green of Arcadia group – which owns several high street chain stores – recently announced that it had increased the number of British factories it is working with by 20%.

“Catwalk clothes will blow my budget”

It is true that many clothes showcased on catwalks at the likes of London Fashion Week are costly, with some couture number running into the tens of thousands.

Recently, our high street has attracted some of the country’s top designers, keen to collaborate with our fave shops. Although pricier than more basic high street collections, buying from a collaboration range is a great way to get your hands on label chic. JW Anderson teamed up with Topshop in 2012 to create a collection including denim, jersey and knitwear, whilst Italian Anna Dello Russo joined H&M to design an accessories collection. You needn’t kit yourself out entirely in collaboration pieces, instead invest in a couple of key buys and team with basics like women’s skinny jeans and plain ballet pumps.

“Catwalk style is unwearable”

London Fashion Week, like all fashion events, does include some ‘out there’ outfits, and 2013 was no exception. Designer Pam Hogg had models in white translucent creations which rather resembled bin bags, whilst Jean Paul Gaultier dressed on of his models in a black cow horn-shaped eye mask.

The strength and sales figures relating to the UK high street are proof of Brit’s love of shops’ sartorial offerings. Recent figures estimated the worth of the UK high street to be £44.5 billion andiIn 2009, UK retail sales were over £285 billion, compared with £450 million per year that designer fashion makes to the UK economy. This is surely proof of how wearable and on-trend high street fashion is!