If London is still predominantly famous for its fledgling names, the exception that proves the rule is Burberry, a globally recognised international brand with the money and power behind it to match.
It was a tale of two Christophers at London Fashion Week yesterday as two of the schedule's most talked-about designers unveiled their new collections.
Some trends are more irritating than inspiring.
The front-row ticket is so last year. Celebrities need no invitation as the Milan catwalk goes online
Burberry and John Galliano the other big winners at British fashion 'Oscars'
Perfectly-pitched spring/summer 2010 shows at London Fashion Week proved the event has finally come of age, writes Susannah Frankel
British designer pulls big names for first home showing in a decade
If anyone at Milan Fashion Week was in any doubt that the Seventies had returned, the Salvatore Ferragamo show yesterday drove home the message. With shiny jumpsuits, flared trousers and shaggy coats aplenty, references to the decade were about as subtle as a lit-up dance floor and big shiny glitter-ball.
In the hands of today's designers, wardrobe staples like the trench, the loafer and the blazer are getting a radical 21st-century makeover. Iain R Webb reports