Long read: The future of fashion

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As London Fashion Week kicks off, Retail Week looks at what the future holds for the fashion industry, which is in the midst of unprecedented change.

Trends are no longer dictated by high-end designers via Vogue’s September issue. Instead, consumers get their inspiration in many different ways, meaning the nature of design is changing radically and irrevocably as it is influenced by more sources than ever before. 

In manufacturing, we are seeing wages rise in countries that historically provided the West with cheap labour. Combined with a perceived consumer desire for sustainability and ethical sourcing, and new tech-driven production methods, what manufacturing looks like is up for grabs and conditions could be ripe for a renaissance in British industry. 

Meanwhile, fashion retail is experiencing the same tidal wave of change that is affecting the rest of the sector, with the future of bricks and mortar called into question.

In this report, we explore how those forces and more will bring rapid and dramatic change to the world of fashion retail, including the future of fashion design; the future of manufacturing; and the future of fashion retail.

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