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London Fashion Week 2013 kicks off today with a stellar line-up!

London Fashion Week 2013 has launched today and the main prerogative of this year's event is to be more accessible for anyone. The British Fashion Council has joined forces with YouTube to offer a proper front row view to the 21 fashion shows planned for the next five days, through their LFW channel.

The line-up couldn't be more exciting, Tom Ford will be staging his first proper womenswear show in London on Monday, while singer Rihanna will unveil her first collection for River Island on Saturday evening, which is going to be one of the highlights of LFW and it's expected to attract both media and A-list celebrities. Also showing for the first time in the capital is L'Wren Scott, American designer and Mick Jagger's partner.

Some of the most prominent names in the British fashion industry will also be gracing the catwalks, Vivienne Westwood will present her Red Label collection on Sunday afternoon, while Julien Macdonald is returning on the London scene after two years of absence. Not to mention big labels, such as Mulberry, Burberry, Paul Smith, Anya Hindmarch, Preen, Matthew Williamson and Temperley London.

There's also big expectations and excitement for Mary Katrantzou, presenting her line on Sunday and British newcomers Christopher Kane and Erdem, both on Monday schedule. Newly appointed creator director Joanna Sykes will be showing for the first time for Nicole Farhi and talking about Central Saint Martins graduate we can't wait to spot any new talent on tonight's event.

Talking of next big names, do not forget to put in your diary a must-see event on Saturday night, which will see fashion royalties Donnatella Versace and Diane von Furstenberg teaming up with awarded designer Victoria Beckham to choose the winner of the International Woolmark Prize. Young designers will have to promote the use of wool in a luxury collection.

London Fashion Week has finally become an international appointment, thanks to the support of many designers, the media and especially those working behind the scene to make this special event happens. As Caroline Rush, British Fashion Council head stated “London Fashion Week is vitally important, not only to the fashion industry but also to the British economy,” adding “It’s the UK’s essential showcasing platform of fashion talent that allows our British designers and the industry as a whole to be recognised by a global audience.”

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