- Title: UNITED KINGDOM: Young designers prepare collections for London Fashion Week
- Date: 21st September 2000
- Summary: SLV SHOES LINED UP IN FRONT OF PHOTOGRAPHS OF COLLECTION PAN ALONG PHOTOGRAPHS
- Embargoed: 6th October 2000 13:00
- Location: LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Business,Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVACPQW2CDIISYRSDO0IFKMARPS
- Story Text: A fresh crop of young designers have been putting the finishing touches to their collections in preparation for London Fashion Week, which kicks off on Saturday (September 23).
This season, more names than ever before are making their catwalk debut on the official schedule of London Fashion Week, including Polish designer Arkadius and winner of this year's "VS Sassoon Cutting Edge Talent Award", Emma Cook.
At the launch in the grounds of Somerset House in London, the British Fashion Council Chief Executive John Wilson, said that London prides itself on trying to encourage new, young talent.
A major factor in the creation of this talent is London's fashion colleges, according to Wilson, as well as the encouragement of the British Fashion Council.
"We have taken a conscious decision that we will give the designers help to get on to the catwalk earlier than they would do in some of the other major capitals."
The launch featured British fashion model Erin O'Connor wearing a dress by Julien MacDonald, one of the hottest names on this year's catwalk schedule.
Twenty-five year old Emma Cook was nervous at the prospect of her first show at London Fashion Week. "I'm a bit too nervous and stressed at the moment to be excited" she said, "I'll be excited once it's all finished and out of the way".
Arkadius Weremczuk showed off-schedule at last season's London Fashion Week and has hosted fashion shows in several countries this year.
"I very much view myself as a global designer and don't want to be viewed only as an up-and-coming British fashion designer" he said.
"I am proud to be here, I am very happy part of the London cutting-edge party of designers. But on the other hand I want to expand and I very much have in mind the global market -- Japan, America, Brazil, Russia -- all the countries. I think that's more exciting than only having my clothes sold in a few boutiques in London".
London Fashion Week runs from Saturday (September 23) to Wednesday (September 27).
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