These are the young London designers doing fashion week for themselves

Photography Emma Dudlyke. Images courtesy of Ilana Blumberg

Being a young, independent fashion designer was hard enough before the pandemic, but things have now become even tougher for those on the career path. What were already unstable financial situations have become even more precarious, direct access to materials and specialist equipment is extremely limited and, with an economic crisis looming, stockists are proving increasingly conservative when it comes to supporting new talent.

This season, the British Fashion Council is charging a fee to be on their online directory of brands showing at London Fashion Week — something that many small

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