Fashion Scout is currently seeing a shift in the global fashion industry with the rise of international platforms. This is an important change for the industry as platforms are showing a more unified front for their countries talent and understanding the importance for support outside their country of origin. Fashion Scout has been at the forefront of these changes and how it has affected London Fashion Week’s off-schedule but also influenced its practices and experience for number of other international platforms.
Since February 2017, Fashion Scout has partnered with the Dubai Design and Fashion Council (DDFC) to help their designers reach an international fashion market. Martyn Roberts has a judging role on the selection panel to help choose the winner and the DDFC holds a showcase for their designers at Fashion Scout each season.
With India recently being the topic of conversation for many industry professionals and a domestic market size of 68 billion, many top universities have set up “headquarter” schools in London. Fashion Scout is collaborating with two platforms from India, FAD who have presented House of Mia for the past three seasons, to more recently INIFD and London School of Trends to showcase 15 of their most prominent designer. They will present across three shows during LFW including Innovation X – Portrait of India on Tuesday 19th September.
The Swedish School of Textiles also showcase their top graduates at Fashion Scout since 2015 and for September 2017 the renown Taiwanese university Fu Jen University will be joining Fashion Scout to showcase their best alumni under TJU Talents.In 2016 Fashion Scout also founded Fashion Scout S.E.E (South East Europe), a pan-regional competition held across four countries that was created to help designers have an international reach. The competition sees each country submit three of their best emerging designers from their local fashion weeks, which includes Skopje Fashion Week in Macedonia, Fashion.hr in Croatia, Ljubljana Fashion Week in Slovenia and Belgrade Fashion Week in Serbia. These regions were chosen following Fashion Scouts work with Belgrade Fashion Week and seeing first-hand the difficulty for designers across the regions which only in the past 25 years were are war, to build a name for themselves. The winner receives a fully sponsored slot to showcase on-schedule during LFW at Fashion Scout.