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Scottish designers are the height of fashion on London’s catwalks

ON THE catwalk circuit, where who is on the front row is almost as important as what is on the runways, the Scots design contingent is proving it has plenty of pulling power at London Fashion Week.

Prime Minister’s wife Samantha Cameron, an ambassador for the capital’s bi-annual style jamboree, US Vogue editor Anna Wintour, TV presenter Alexa Chung and model Daisy Lowe were among the guests yesterday at the Autumn/Winter 2011 collection by Christopher Kane.

The Lanarkshire-born designer, who picked up an Elle Style Award to add to his £200,000 British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund prize, showcased his “liquid collection” of womens-wear -- inspired by pencil cases and lollipops.

He described the collection of crocheted skirts, weave printed leather and iridescent mermaid-like dresses on show at Sheldon Square as his most “minimal” to date.

Mrs Cameron wore a Christopher Kane galaxy print skirt at a fashion week reception held at 10 Downing Street which was attended by supermodel Claudia Schiffer and designer Vivienne Westwood.

She also took in the show by up-and-coming Edinburgh-born designer Holly Fulton, who has created a diffusion line for Mrs Cameron’s former employers, Smythson of Bond Street. Fulton won praise for her printed and embellished silks featuring Manhattan skyscrapers.

Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton continued her association with Pringle of Scotland by taking a front row seat to view its latest collection yesterday morning. She even wore a tweed coat by the 196-year-old brand. Creative director Clare Waight Keller’s Autumn/Winter 2011 collection referenced late-1960s and early-1970s knitwear designs using autumnal tones in the hand-knitted garments.

Rutherglen-born print maestro Jonathan Saunders, who unveiled his latest vision on Saturday, showcased 1940s-inspired dresses in bold colours and eye-catching prints. Famous faces at his show included model Yasmin Le Bon, New York socialite Olivia Palermo, and singers VV Brown and Marina Diamandis.

Louise Gray, originally from Fraserburgh, emphasised her heritage using tartan with foil prints and sequin stripes to create a rainbow of colour.

Edinburgh-born designer Patrick Grant, whose label E Tautz won Menswear Designer at the British Fashion Awards, will show his collection tomorrow.

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