London Fashion Week: As the capital's catwalk showcase turns 30, it's time for the next generation of talented designers to shine

In celebration of the start of a fourth fashionable decade, The Independent has chosen to feature a clutch of London Fashion Week's youthful generation of leading lights as a timely round of applause for the fresh energy and impact of London's new designer best...

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Spring/summer 2015 London Fashion Week began on Friday - but this time around, it's celebrating more than just the start of another season, and a few great shows. This year, the capital's catwalk showcase turns 30, which is, oddly enough, several years older than some of the most celebrated names currently taking turns on the packed five-day schedule.

Over the course of three decades, London Fashion Week has incubated some of the industry's finest – including Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon and Luella Bartley.

Today, it continues in that tradition, acting as a launching-pad for designers to gain global recognition for their designs. It is also attracting established names: Tom Ford and Burberry Prorsum are two of the big-league designer names that now rub shoulders with the exciting upstarts who have informed and inflamed the capital's creative spirit since the week's official inception in 1984.

In celebration of the start of a fourth fashionable decade, The Independent chose to feature a clutch of London Fashion Week's youthful generation of leading lights – from the new establishment of Christopher Kane and Mary Katrantzou, through to up-and-comers Marques’Almeida and Ryan Lo.

Photographed by Felix Cooper and styled by Anders Sølvsten Thomsen on a cultural cross-section of the capital’s youth, this is a timely round of applause for the fresh energy and impact of London's new designer best...

 

Hair stylist: Teiji Utsumi, using Fudge Hair products Make-up artist: Ninni Numela, using Mac Cosmetics Manicurist: Zarra Cellik

Casting: Madeleine Ostlie/AAMO Models: Josh Quinton at Nevs Models, Tschan Andre at Tomorrow is Another Day, Lola Bute, Sylvia Harper at Elite Models, Billie Turnball at SELECT, Kaia Moore at Storm, Ronan McKenzie, Luna Schulze at Supa, Suzi Leenaars at Storm

Photo assistants: Bror Ivefeldt and Raf Fellner Fashion assistants: Rudy Betty, Anastasia Martynova and Flo Rohde

Hair assistant: Yuuki Make-up assistants: Nina Jackson and Samantha Falcone

Set design: William Farr Lighting: ProLighting LTD Location: ProVision Studios

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