THE WAY TO WESTMINSTER: Britain’s House of Commons, the lower house of Parliament, got a jolt of style earlier this week with a show of emerging fashion talent. Held by the U.K. Fashion & Textile Association, Graduate Fashion Week and George at Asda, the show featured the five award winners from Graduate Fashion Week — Kirandeep Bassan, Thea Sanders, Lauren Smith, Shauni Douglas and Hannah Williams — and the George G21 Talents collections. Attendees included industry leaders and members of Parliament.

“Retail is the biggest employer of young people by sector, and the fashion industry is very important to the U.K. economy,” said Fiona Lambert, brand director of George, Asda’s in-house fashion clothing brand. “It accounts for 2.3 percent of the U.K.’s GDP. It supports over a million jobs, it is worth over 21 billion pounds [$33 billion] — so big numbers. More than 20,000 young people will leave colleges and universities this year with fashion-related qualifications and they’re going to be looking for secure employment. We have a huge responsibility to nurture and develop this talent they have and nurture the future of business leaders.”

This story first appeared in the June 14, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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