LFW showcasing British talent

The runways at London Fashion Week are set to showcase some of the big names in British and Irish design today with shows from Julien Macdonald, Henry Holland and Orla Kiely, J. W. Anderson and John Rocha.

Strictly stars to support Julien Macdonald at LFW

Welsh designer and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Julien Macdonald said the cast of the dance show will be attending his show this afternoon.

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So glad to have the strictly competitors and dancers coming to my show tomorrow! Can't wait to see all the lovely ladies in Julien Macdonald

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The world eyes up London Fashion Week

Eyewear is a recurring feature of London Fashion Week, with multiple models wearing not just your average glasses.

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A Yifang Wan model makes walking in a straight line all the more challenging. Credit: PA
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Seeing red: a model on the catwalk during the Felder Felder show. Credit: PA
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Yifang Wan models make the British Fashion Council's vision a reality. Credit: PA

Tuition fees 'could dry up' British fashion talent

Rising tuition fees could shut out working class talent from studying fashion at Britain's world-class colleges, according to an ambassador for the British Fashion Council.

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Boru Aksu models have displayed the latest wears at the start of London fashion week, which is tipped to bring in £100m to the UK economy. Credit: PA

Speaking at the opening of London Fashion Week, Sarah Mower, who is also a visiting professor at Central St Martins, said today's home-grown success stories "came through at a time when fees didn't exist, or were affordable".

The Guardian reported the British fashion industry is being urged to take inspiration from the US, where fashion veterans give something back through scholarships and bursaries.

London fashion week is expected to inject £100m into the British economy.

Read: Student marks Fashion Week with LEGO creation

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Vivienne Westwood to showcase new designs

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British fashion grand dame Vivienne Westwood is one of the big names showing at London Fashion Week this year. Credit: PA

London fashion week kicks off with big names like Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Burberry and Stella McCartney showing the world how to dress to impress.

58 catwalk shows will debut trends and looks for the 2014 spring and summer collections.

British designer Jasper Conran will be among the first to the catwalk, while the top names tomorrow include Julien Macdonald and Henry Holland.

US designer Tom Ford returns with a show on Monday, while McCartney will display her collection for Adidas on Tuesday.

The event is expected to attract more than £100 million in orders, according to the British Fashion Council (BFC), as buyers, journalists and bloggers descend on London to spot the latest trends.

Read more: Student marks Fashion Week with LEGO creation

Student marks Fashion Week with LEGO creation

To get in to the spirit of London Fashion Week, model Aspen Glen-Cross poses in a dress adorned with around 5000 LEGO bricks designed by Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design student, Anne-Sophie Cochevelou. London Fashion Week begins on Friday.

Aspen Glen-Cross poses wearing the LEGO creation in front of the London Eye. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

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A headpiece and glasses were designed to accompany the LEGO dress. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

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Model Aspen Glen-Cross wears shoes decorated with LEGO along with the dress. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA
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