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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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Music star Rihanna to unveil fashion collection

Music superstar Rihanna is hoping to attract "fashion gods" this weekend as her collection for River Island is showcased at London Fashion Week.

The pop star's spring/summer 2013 clothes and accessories will be revealed to the world for the first time today - on a catwalk in the capital.

Music star Rihanna. Credit: Ian West/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Earlier this week she expressed her excitement about her foray into the fashion world, and said she was looking forward to fans finally seeing her designs.

She said on Twitter: "My first fashion show!!! My designs will walk the catwalks of London Fashion Week in days!! It's gonna be MAJAH! #RihannaForRiverIsland."

She added: "Fashion gods will be in the building!! #FRONTROWLIFE #YouCantSitWithUs #RihannaForRiverIsland Can't wait for you to see it!!!"

The highly anticipated collaboration will not reach stores until March 5, but today's show will give fans an idea of what to expect.

Jubilee fashion - the Queen's outfits

The Queen's Jubilee wardrobe. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II has worn three dresses, designed and created by Angela Kelly, during her Diamond Jubilee celebrations this weekend.

On the left is her outfit for Tuesday's service of thanksgiving and carriage procession - a dress of fine silk tulle with mint green and silver embellishments, a mint green chiffon drape scattered with Swarovski crystals, and a hat covered in the same fabric.

In the centre is the gold lame cocktail dress that The Queen wore to Monday night's concert, with sweeping trimmings of antique gold lace and Swarovski crystal adornments.

On the right is the silver and white dress and coat worn for the Thames river pageant. It was created from white boucle, threaded throughout with silk ribbon, embroidered with gold, silver and ivory spots and, once again, embellished with Swarovski crystals.


The purple dresses that will spell victory at London 2012

Gamesmakers Jodie Rodaway (Presenter Escort with hat), Hilda Kwafo-Akoto (Athlete Escort), Matt Smith (Medal & Flower Bearer). Credit: LOCOG.

London 2012 organisers have revealed the design of the costumes that will be worn by volunteers during Olympic victory ceremonies.

Athletes who have clinched a gold, silver or bronze medal will be escorted to the podium by "gamesmakers" wearing royal purple dresses designed by students at the Royal College of Art in London.

The flower and medal bearers - who for the first time in Olympic history will be male rather than female - will also wear purple outfits, in a slightly different hue.

London Designer Ozwald Boateng Wins Fashion Lifetime Achievement Award

After completing a marathon of back-to-back catwalk shows, ARISE Magazine Fashion Week's finale included the much-anticipated ARISE Magazine Fashion Week Awards 2012.

Major honours went to Ozwald Boateng, from Muswell Hill, north London, for the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Major honours went to Ozwald Boateng, from Muswell Hill, north London, for the Lifetime Achievement Award.The award-winning, ARISE Magazine is a global publication, based at its offices are in Trafalgar Square. London. It celebrates all the positive attributes that the Nigeria has to offer.

“We already have London, New York, Paris and Milan fashion weeks, we believe our AMFW event in Lagos completes the international global fashion week season”, says Penny McDonald, International Managing Director, one of the event´s organisers.

Londoners Hit Lagos For Fashion Week

Some of the capital's most well known black fashion designers are in Nigeria for Lagos fashion week. Oswald Boateng and David-David are just two of the names supporting the event which could see Africa becoming a serious contender on the world fashion map.

It's the second time the event has taken place in Africa's most populated city.

The shows are being staged across three enormous marquee's which have have been especially built for the occasion.

Hundreds of models make up artists, hairdressers and stylists have also been brought in for the shows which will take place over the next four days

Lagos fashion week has been organised by London based Arise Magazine and will feature 77 different designers

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