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Water pipe bursts at London men's fashion show

A water pipe burst today at the 'London Collections: Men' catwalk show, splashing members of the audience. The pipe containing hot water burst over the crowd at the Old Sorting Office in West London. No one was injured, and the Oliver Spencer show carried on as planned.

Read: Bold fashion statements as London kicks off international menswear season.

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Boris backs London's menswear industry by launching competition

Boris supporting Men's Fashion Week last year. Credit: PA

Boris Johnson is launching a new campaign to promote the British menswear industry ahead of London Collections: Men, also known as Men's Fashion Week.

The sector currently brings £10 billion a year to the UK's economy.

To highlight the industry, the Mayor is opening a competition to find the most stylish postcode in the capital.

Those entering have the chance of winning a made-to-measure three-piece suit by E. Tautz, a pair of sharp shoes by Mr. Hare and a delightful tartan dog designed by Christopher Raeburn

Five runners-up will receive tickets to see the Hello My Name is Paul Smith exhibition at the Design Museum.

To find out more about the competition click here.

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London 'capital of men's fashion'

Burberry is making its much-anticipated debut at London Collections: Men as just one of the fashion heavyweights lured to the event that is only three seasons old.

Jimmy Choo, Pringle of Scotland and Rag & Bone are also showing mainline collections at the three-day event for the first time.

The biannual showcase for the spring/summer 2014 collections runs until Tuesday and welcomes guests from around 45 countries for collections and presentations from 134 designers.

Mayor Boris Johnson will launch a map detailing the history and heritage of London menswear, while British fashion stalwart Burberry is bringing its men's catwalk back after 10 years showing in Milan.

"With London Collections: Men going from strength to strength, this fascinating insight into the history of menswear is a timely reminder of why our city is the capital for men's clothing. Our illustrious heritage is accompanied by craftsmanship, innovation, plus a canny eye on the modern that ensures our designers remain at the forefront of fashion."

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Countess becomes fashion patron

Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, attending church on Christmas Day Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The Countess of Wessex has become the first patron of the London College of Fashion, it was announced today.

Sophie, who has won praise from fashion commentators in recent years for her revamped style, will take on a three year patronage and support the college's Better Lives programme.

The Countess has been complimented on her fashion choices Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Its projects include working with women prisoners to produce a magazine entitled The Beauty's Inside to give the women skills to help with their rehabilitation.

Professor Frances Corner, head of college at London College of Fashion, said: "We are very proud to have the Countess of Wessex's support and look forward to working with her.

"This is a very exciting time for the college and HRH's patronage strengthens the innovative work that we do and the contribution we will continue to make to the future of the fashion industry."

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Models hit the catwalk on final day of Fashion Week

Models on the catwalk during the Maria Grachvogel show at the Courtyard Show Space, Somerset House. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Models wearing a collection by designer Carlotta Actis Barone use the streets of London as a catwalk on day five of London Fashion Week. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Models on the catwalk during the Paul Costelloe autumn-winter 2013 show. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
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