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London Fashion Week begins today

London Fashion Week begins Credit: PA

London and British fashion will be put firmly on the global stage today- as London Fashion Week begins. The glitzy event, being held at Somerset House, is held each February and September and is one of the highest profile fashion events in the world. It's organised by the British Fashion Council and is set to attract some of the biggest names in fashion design and modelling over the next five days.


Alexander McQueen fashion show to come to London

The exhibition which celebrates the late designer's contributions to fashion is coming to London next March.

Models present creations at the Alexander McQueen 2012 Autumn/Winter collection show during London Fashion Week Credit: REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

The fashion show Savage Beauty attracted more than 660,000 visitors when it first opened at the the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Moma) in 2011, making it the eighth most visited exhibition in the museum's 142-year history.

The London-born designer killed himself in 2010, at the age of 40.

The exhibition offers visitors a chance to view pieces from McQueen's 1992 graduate collection and his unfinished Autumn 2010 collection.

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.


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.

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
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