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Victoria Beckham judges London Fashion Week catwalk showdown

Victoria Beckham judges the 2013 International Woolmark Prize Final as part of London Fashion Week. Photo: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Victoria Beckham showed wool was officially posh as she judged aspiring designers in a London Fashion Week showdown on Saturday night.

The Spice Girl-turned fashion giant was on the judging panel of the International Woolmark Prize which celebrates designs made from wool - a fabric that she has described as "one of the most special of all materials".

Judges (from left to right) Natalie Massenet, Victoria Beckham, Diane von Furstenberg and Donatella Versace. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Six finalists from around the world competed against each other to win more than £67,000, the opportunity to have their clothes sold in shops such as Harvey Nichols in London and Bergdorf Goodman in New York, plus invaluable industry recognition.

Beckham, 38, was joined on the panel at the ME Hotel in central London by fellow fashion heavyweights Donatella Versace and Diane Von Furstenberg.

Victoria Beckham judges the 2013 International Woolmark Prize Final. Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

The mother of four, whose dress designs have been worn by stars such as Beyonce, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez, has admitted she is not afraid to cuddle up in some wool.

The versatility of wool together with all its familiar as well as fashion connotations makes it one of the most special of all materials.

For the ready to wear collection we've used wool for a few seasons.

As a natural fibre I love its comfort, strength and value. Used in the right way it can last and wear and take colour beautifully.

Victoria Beckham judges the contest. Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Christian Wijnants from Belgium was crowned the winner by the nine-strong panel of influential industry figures., beating fellow finalists Dion Lee from Australia, Ban Xiao Xue from China, Pankaj and Nidhi from India, designer duo Dressedundressed from Japan and Sophie Theallet from America.

The International Woolmark Prize has gained extraordinary momentum over the past 12 months generating support and interest across the globe.

The final event has showcased the future of fashion and we are very proud that Merino wool will hold a firm place in that exciting and prosperous future.

– Stuart McCullough, chief executive of Australian Wool Innovation, owners of The Woolmark Company
Rihanna appears after the Rihanna for River Island Autumn/Winter 2013 catwalk show on day two of London Fashion Week. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Journalists and photographers were made to stand outside for almost two hours before they were allowed in to set up their equipment for Rihanna's show, a collaboration with River Island.

The show, at the Old Sorting Office in Central London, was due to start at 9pm but did not start until almost an hour later.

Rihanna launched her new collections at London's famous fashion event. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The music superstar swapped a catwalk for a stage separated into compartments which the models moved between to the sound of loud hip hop music.

The clothes on offer were of a raunchy street-style theme - with bra tops, dresses slashed to the thigh, tummy-baring tank tops and thigh-high boots.

Music star Rihanna. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Rihanna finally came out at the end to give the designer's customary bow and was dressed in a short black dress, sparking necklace and plenty of bracelets.

Here's a selection of other images from day two (Saturday) of London Fashion Week:

Models during the Rihanna for River Island Autumn/Winter 2013 show. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images
A model walks the catwalk at London Fashion Week. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Models on the catwalk during the Pam Hogg Autumn/Winter 2013 catwalk show. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Models on the catwalk during the Pam Hogg Autumn/Winter 2013 presentation. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Singer Pixie Lott arrives at the show. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Mollie King, Frankie Sandford, Atlanta de Cadanet and Laura Carmichael watch the show. Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment
Fashionistas seen outside Somerset House. Credit: Sophie Duval/EMPICS Entertainment
Fashionistas attend the London show. Credit: Sophie Duval/EMPICS Entertainment
The London Fashion Show has attracted thousands of visitors. Credit: Sophie Duval/EMPICS Entertainment
Models on the catwalk during the Pam Hogg Autumn/Winter 2013 catwalk show. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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