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London Fashion Week

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London celebrated 25 years of British fashion at the British Fashion Council's London Fashion week. Held at the iconic Somerset House in London's West End, the catwalk shows and exhibitions highlighted the UK's place in the global fashion landscape along with featuring new talent.

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Eley Kishimoto

Designers Eley and Wakako Kishimoto teamed up in London. Eley describes their pieces as: "Print, fashion, design and the universe."

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The Grown-Up Hippy?

The crowd at the show had a mixture of fashion professionals and families looking for designers that could give a nod to their counterculture youth.

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Last-Minute Practice

Set-up time for one of the anticipated collection debuts allows photographers to find the perfect light and models to work on the strut one last time before showtime.

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Showcase Pavillion

Backstage the champagne flowed while designers, buyers, and all types of public relations experts turned waiting in line for a show into a networking opportunity.

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Erdem

Erdem Moralioglu, from Montreal, studied at the Royal College of Art. He describes his designs as “color, optimism and oddities."

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Accessorize

They're the kind of heels you can wear with your girlfriends, says one catwalk onlooker. Along with the runway shows, Somerset House hosted a myriad of designers throughout its many rooms to feature bags, hats, sunglasses and jewelry.

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Modern Fashion, 70s Architecture

Another catwalk venue was on the South Bank of the Thames river. Queen Elizabeth Hall is part of a vast arts complex built from the 1950s to the 1970s.

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Good Hair Day

A bad haircut can be one of the most stressful experiences for models and aspiring fashionistas alike. London Fashion Week did its part for the morale of the city by offering free haircuts to attendees.

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Milan, Paris, London

The 25th anniversary  festival promoted by the British Fashion Council brough big UK names back to their homeland. But one fashion expert told CNBC that UK names were finding it hard to show in the more established annual galas in Milan and New York.

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What's a Party Without Disco Balls?

Backstage the champagne flowed while designers, buyers, and all types of public relations experts turned waiting in line for a show into a networking opportunity.

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Timing Is Everthing

While the first shows managed to kick off on time, delays became greater at the end of the day as the problems of herding audiences, models and press into the venues mounted.

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What Will You Wear to the Next Show?

Fashion wasn't just displayed on the catwalk. Different shows brought out different crowds. Some audiences were definitely haute couture, while others had a more family atmosphere.

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Politicos and Glitterati

London Fashion Week ended with receptions at No. 10 Downing Street, home of the Prime Minister, and No. 11 Downing Street, home to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.