By Nicola Copping, deputy fashion editor
London Fashion Week is drawing to a close today but not without a final finale from luxury fashion house Burberry. Live streaming their show to hundreds of eager consumers in stores across the world, it was the ticket of the week. Not least for the politicians. Sat in the front row was Ed Vaizey, UK minister for culture, and also, perhaps surprisingly, Michael Gove, secretary of state for education.
Vaizey you might expect to be in attendance, fashion falling under his culture beat. But Gove? I suppose it can only work in both Burberry and the UK government’s favour. Gove might learn a thing or two about yoof culture from London’s most popular fashion brand, and Burberry can take the prize for the label urging the government to take fashion – one of the country’s biggest industries – seriously (then business secretary Peter Mandelson made it last season accompanied, as was Gove, by US Marie Claire editor Joanna Coles). And with Samantha Cameron, wife of the British prime minister, officially on board as a supporter for next February’s London Fashion Week, all the front row needs now is the PM.