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First the Games, now for fashion

The best of British design was showcased at London Fashion Week as it kicked off in style yesterday.

The event, which runs until Tuesday, will see top designers from Britain and all over the world display their collections. Highlights today are expected to include Emilia Wickstead, Felder Felder and PPQ, with Burberry, Matthew Williamson and the Vivienne Westwood Red Label to come on later days.

Libby Banks, editor of fashion website mydaily.co.uk, said she expected the success of the Olympics and Paralympics to translate to fashion.

She said: "Britishness is cool again, I think we have got a new confidence.

"After the summer that we've had, I expect that designers will channel it into their work, and we'll see a celebration of Britishness and also a confidence to do something completely different and new."

Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council which organises London Fashion Week, said the event had got off to a "fantastic" start.

Asked what sets London apart from the other big fashion weeks -- Paris, New York and Milan -- she said: "We have great brands, we have incredible iconic designers, and we also have this real energy from our young and emerging designers. It's that creativity and the innovation that comes out of London that sets us apart."

Irish milliner Philip Treacy will be returning to London to do a catwalk show after more than a decade away.

Irish Independent