Alexandra Shulman on Brit designers
"Young, determined and uncompromising, they were able to jump-start attention on London (as, indeed, did the YBAs at a similar juncture), even if their collections were put together on lick, spit, bravado and prayer. Today they are some of the most influential names in fashion in the world. Looking at the list of new designers showing in two weeks' time, I see no reason why the same should not be true again."
Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue in the Guardian today on the London designers of the early '90s who, with a little money and a lot of creativity revamped the UK fashion scene.
"Despite the fact that our heritage lies in luxury goods, we have failed to develop any home-grown companies to employ our designers, leaving the field free for groups such as François Pinault's PPR and Bernard Arnault's LVMH to scoop up our big names such as Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and John Galliano.
Our designers too often don't recognise that fashion has to be a business as well as an art and simply fail to grasp the financial side of things. But, and this is a big but, at least they try to have a business, unlike young designers in many other parts of the world who only ever operate as part of a huge company's monolithic design team."