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Fashion Week hits London amid Brexit fears

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>> London Fashion Week hits the streets of the capital once again. The opening graced by fashion royalty and fashion followers. But amid the fabrics and the frills, feelings of uncertainty lurking offstage says Reuters' Marie-Louise Gumuchian.>> The impact of Brexit on Britain's future relations with the European Union is definitely something that is casting a shadow over the fashion industry here.
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A survey conducted ahead of the June referendum showed that more than 90% of nearly 300 designers here wanted Britain to remain in the block. Designers say that a weaker pound following the vote has definitely benefited sales but a lot of questions are being asked about the future. This is an industry that does a significant amount of business with EU countries and attracts a lot of talent from the block.
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For now, designers are saying that they're adopting a let's see what happens approach.>> Luxury designer Anya Hindmarch though is determined to remain upbeat.>> I think it's gonna be fine, I really do. I think the uncertainty is a worry. The biggest issues are I think the fashion industry, easily getting talent into the country.
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We have a big percentage of our employees are from Europe, and that's helped us, and they have very specific skills. So it's about retaining that talent and being able to get that talent easily. I think we will be able to, and I don't think the UK's going to turn down letting people in who can help grow our economy.
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I mean why would you?>> Outside, some protesters campaigning against the use of animal skins, and other about ageism on the catwalk. But that won't stop one of the biggest events in the world, 51 shows, 32 presentations, and over 120 designers, all that in the next five days.