2019s Pivotal Fashion Moments


I M I M Ryan. How're you doing good? It's the day after the election Friday the it's Friday the thirteenth. I'm sitting here with the inimitable. Tim Blanks were both about to get off on holiday but we thought thought it might be nice to end the year with one of our meandering conversations about what's important and interesting thing in fashion right now looking a little bit back at twenty nine thousand nine but really just thinking about. What's what's making an impact? But I do want the election I because because it kind of this cloud has been hanging over the UK for almost four years about waste. Is brexit going to happen or not and then it looks very likely to happen. What do you think the impact will be on our industry here on the people that you talk to create a people on well? I think the question is so what is it. Yeah you know after after the brakes done What's being done you know? What is it that I think? All those questions that existed three years ago is still waiting to be when my understanding is that on the thirty first of January or exiting the European Union and we have less than twelve months eleven months to come up with a trade okay deal with the EU the same kind of trade deal between the E. U and Canada took seven years. No she says a lot of questions about whether they're gonNa have time to actually negotiate the steel. I think the Irish prime minister said as much today and if the deal is not negotiated it doesn't know deal than there is a hard brexit So I actually think it's a lot clearer. What it is because it's it's unlikely they're gonNA come up with a deal? Oh but everything I read is is all about. Yes impossibility of coming up with the deal in that in that time frame and then will pretty well acquainted with what a no deal L. brexit would mean to the fashion industry in the UK. What it would mean to the fledgling businesses of designers and even Businesses at a better established than it. I think you'd think you'd you'd see an exodus. People would have to have to completely re conceptualize businesses the a couple of the designers. I understand London. Designers have been quietly evaluating what it might be like to move their businesses to Dublin not to Dublin but to Milan nearer to their some a lot of manufacturing Italy's they're worried about the supply chain Importing exporting complexities. I think there's also a talent question because they say they're gonNA move to the Australian points style system for like letting people into the country but it's already so hard to find people here as an entrepreneur work in the UK like it's hard to hire people and and you know the whole the whole in one of the stories of fashion over the last while is being as being the sort of borderless flow of talent on every level Now headdresses makeup artists. I mean designers assistance every at every level of the industry is this constant interchange and If you interrupt that flow well actually. What makes London a fashion capital is very different? From what makes these other fashion capitals fashion capitals. Paris is fashion capital because of history. Right right. Milan is a fashion capital. Because it's like right in. The heart of manufacturing Newark is a fashion capital. Because it's you know the most important city in the biggest country in the world. London is the fashion capital because of the talent. That's here and I think on a long-term basis if you this talent flow that has brought all these amazing people to London and made it this kind of incredible mix if we lose that what is already a somewhat somewhat fledgling fashion industry here in London which has primed itself in positioned itself as the home of creativity where all of the young on designers come from an indeed they do. They're in big houses around the world if we lose that then. What does London have left? Olenin what you have left. I guesses that back back to the wall Syndrome where when this kind of challenge London rises to the challenge. You know what we have left. What was it would be something different from what we have now? And who's to say that I think of nineteen seventy seven the way creativity thrives in in London the thrived in a in a very very difficult environment that has happened over and over and over again. which is something else which is argument? You know I've heard a lot of people make but I look back at London over. The last few years has been living in this. Create this kind of uncertainty in the post brexit referendum random period and. It doesn't necessarily feel like there's been any flourishing of creativity here since then. What's interesting when you think that designers like Mattie Boven have only known that situation they've only known this uncertainty it's completely new Mindset I think a which is which is foreign to somebody like me that you constantly book Oh can you constantly creating under this cloud On top of the other challenges that always face on designs. I think an interesting thing. That's come out of the sustainability debate is this idea of localization as opposed to globalization and you could see in localization in terms of watt. Everything is made and sold locally. Right now You could say that in in in the aftermath of UH of a stock brexit deal. No deal that that that might become actually this Leslau co-manufacturing seen gene blossoms because by necessity A people used to buy clothes made by somebody who lived down Rhode Before it was ready to wear I it's almost I suppose it's almost like that. It's almost like a couture sensibility Eddie. But some may be more doing manned that you. I'M YOU BUY CLOTHES AT A. I've been saying for ages in eight years that I could see. I could see time if we whether the rising sea levels in the unbreathable air in the raging FIS And so on and so forth where everything would go back to being dressed makers and Taylor's and a sort of feudal you know that credible article by Max read magazine about about this. This new feudalism and I could totally see that happening

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