Professional poseur (and actor) Billy Porter in a shocking pink satin jacket was trying on hats – fluffy, feathery creations – while mad hatter Stephen Jones talked about the subject that is dominating London Fashion Week: Brexit.https://www.instagram.com/p/B2Z3Oc0Hnj-/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=dlfix
“Our generation is fine,” said the milliner, as he twirled a feathery head piece, “But if you are 13, 14, 15 it is really going to change your perception of the world. In the way that the Second World War changed everybody’s view of the world. It’s as big as that.”
“Older people don’t realise what they’ve done and how much it is going to change,” he continued. “The European Union was created because neighbours always argue and the EU was to make all those people have relations with and understand each other and bring people together. It was very difficult to do that. But it is so easy to break it apart.”
The sombre situation contrasting with airy, feathery clothes in vivid colours summed up the fashion attitude as the British Fashion Council faces uncertainty for the UK’s political future and its current chaos.
As Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the BFC puts it after two years of political manoeuvres: “It is the usual: talking to the civil servants in the government, but they don’t seem to know what they’re doing, so it’s quite tough.”
“For those people from the EU who have jobs already, they will obviously be part of a transition – but we don’t know and we will have to wait and see. From what we understand, it is that the UK is open, but whether that will be reciprocated in the EU we just don’t know. And that is the biggest challenge – if you know what you’re dealing with, you can plan.”