Catwalks show next year's fashions

Models on the catwalk during the Christopher Raeburn show on day one of London Fashion Week

A woman checks her mobile phone in the courtyard at Somerset House during London Fashion Week

A model on the catwalk during the Daks Spring/Summer 2014 show on day one of London Fashion Week

Vivienne Westwood is among the designers showing on the catwalk at London Fashion Week

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The world's most fashionable people have descended on the capital for London Fashion Week - and the wet weather has allowed them to show off some funky umbrellas.

Designers, models and fashionistas from around the globe have congregated for 58 catwalk shows revealing the clothes for next year's spring and summer season.

Sending their "fearless" designs on to the runway - on the first of five fashion-filled days - were German sisters Annette and Daniela Felder.

The Felder Felder show at Somerset House included a variety of textures and colours inspired by the idea of being underwater. The sisters, who are known for experimenting with different fabrics, showed off quilted dresses, plastic skirts, fanned waists, and see-through garments for the more risque fashion lover.

Spectators of the show held their smartphones high to get snaps of the collection, which also included wet-look skirts, and kept to a colour palette of mainly whites and blues.

The sisters said the show had two themes running through it, and said it was "all about being fearless". They said it was inspired by the memory of leaving their small home town in Germany as well as the deep unknown of the sea.

"Even when you jump into the unknown you don't have to be scared because actually it's a really beautiful world waiting for you," they said.

Always a magnet for flamboyant dressers, the first day of Fashion Week brought with it rain showers, and this was an opportunity to show off some very eye-catching umbrellas. One trendsetter kept dry with a frilly patterned one, while another shielded herself with one which had a repeated print of a woman in period costume.

Meanwhile, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith and Stella McCartney are among Britain's top designers set to show their wares at the fashion showcase. British designer Jasper Conran will take to the catwalk later, while the top names on Saturday include Julien Macdonald and Henry Holland. US designer Tom Ford returns with a show on Monday, while McCartney will display her collection for Adidas on Tuesday.

The event is expected to attract more than £100 million in orders, according to the British Fashion Council (BFC), as buyers, journalists and bloggers gather from around the world.

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