Footwear designer Manolo Blahnik thinks English fashion is vitally ''important'' and believes London Fashion week helps increase interest in the industry.
Manolo Blahnik thinks English fashion is ''important''
The Spanish footwear designer is set to put on a show in Somerset House as part of London Fashion Week, and after having taken inspiration from the scenery during a train journey from Bath to London, Manolo hopes his use of imagery will remind guests how renowned England is for its designs.
He said: ''Eveybody now makes a point of coming to London - which is very different to Milan and Paris. London is now so important to all these international buyers.
''It's also a great opportunity to remind people, that we in Europe, in England, have the best small factories and that they should be put back into use again - a lot of them are disappearing.
''All our designers should be using English things and English materials, I think it's so important - and this increased interest in London definitely helps.''
Manolo also feels ''privileged'' to be hosting the show with the British Fashion Council and thinks of the event as a tribute to his late friend, editor and stylish Anna Piaggi - who died last October aged 81.
He continued to Vogue.co.uk: ''It is a great privilege to be asked, and to be able to give the city I love a few seconds of attention. I had a friend and she adored London - Miss Anna Piaggi, she died a few months ago - and I'm doing this as a kind of homage to her.
''She always used to say that she thought that London was the freshest place - and all the ideas she used to pick up in London were always her best. She had this incredible vision, fashion-wise, so this is a tribute to her and to London.''