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Lily Cole opens Westwood's show with solo dance

Lily Cole (left) with Vivienne Westwood (right) following her Red Label Spring/Summer 2014. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Model Lily Cole kicked off Vivienne Westwood's Red Label show at London Fashion Week with a modern dance.

Lily Cole performs a dance during the Vivienne Westwood Red Label Spring/Summer 2014. Credit: PA Wire

Westwood said the solo performance was a metaphor for their climate change concerns; a theme which ran through the show.

A model walks down the runway showcasing Vivienne Westwood's Red Label Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Credit: PA Wire

Westwood said: "I just use fashion as an excuse to talk about politics. Because I'm a fashion designer, it gives me a voice, which is really good."

The theme of climate change ran through the show. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The show closed with an appeal to the audience to fill in a climate change postcard to send to the UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-moon.

Vivienne Westwood to showcase new designs

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.

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Vivienne Westwood declares: 'I am Julian Assange'

Dame Vivienne Westwood today visited Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has been living since the summer, when he was granted political asylum by the Latin American country

Dame Vivienne Westwood arrives at the Embassy of Ecuador, London, to visit Wikileaks founder and current asylum seeker Julian Assange. Credit: PA

The fashion designer showed her support for the Australian whistle-blower by wearing a T-shirt with her face on, accompanied by the slogan "I am Julian Assange".