Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Birthday Bash; London Fashion Week Celebrated Its 25th Anniversary This Month and to Mark the Occasion the Best of British Came out in Style. Liz Lamb Reports

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Birthday Bash; London Fashion Week Celebrated Its 25th Anniversary This Month and to Mark the Occasion the Best of British Came out in Style. Liz Lamb Reports

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THE capital saw a return to its heady days of high fashion when the great and the good returned to their home turf to mark 25 years of London Fashion Week.

Forget New York, Paris and Milan, this season the buzz was all about London with major labels like Burberry, Matthew Williamson and Pringle heading home to throw their own celebrations.

Celebrities were also out in force. Victoria Beckham flew in from LA, Kate Moss took a front row pew with Top Shop guru Philip Green, and bright young things Agyness Deyn, Alexa Chung and Peaches Geldof provided the paparazzi eye candy.

This year has all been about the best of British. So here's the lowdown on the labels that put the UK back on the fashion map.

BURBERRY PRORSUM The fashion glitterati were out in force for the biggest show on the LFW calendar. And while the front rows were mesmerising - Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow, Freida Pinto and face of Burberry Emma Watson to name a few - so too were Christopher Bailey's beautiful designs. He wowed with deluxe draped dresses and belted tailored trenches in classic neutral tones and sugary pastel shades of frosted pink, mint green and shimmering lilac.

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD RED LABEL Daisy Lowe''s miniature pooch on the runway, a model puffing on a cigarette as she stomped and a surprise appearance from a Big Brother contestant....

welcome to the irreverent world of Westwood where the clothes are almost secondary to the high-energy show spectacle. The Grand Dame of Fashion delivered her usual forte of feminine tailoring in candy stripes, polka dots, florals and checks that screamed 'lady who lunches'' - with a side order of attitude.

MATTHEW WILLIAMSON The show all fashion magpies had been waiting for, Williamson''s London comeback, included show-stopping prints and embellishment galore. There were subtle and not-so-subtle sparkle elements everywhere from opulent beaded dresses to statement bodices adorned with shards of mirror. Even the daywear rendered it impossible to fade into the background with shimmering metallics, super-skinny trousers and flashes of neon. …

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