London Fashion Week, which closed earlier this week, once played younger sibling to New York, Milan, and Paris. But recently the city’s mix of established designers and talented up-and-comers has proven London to be a definitive capital in the fashion world. Never was that clearer than on the Spring/Summer 2014 runways, with venerable British designers Tom Ford and Burberry’s Christopher Bailey showing vibrant collections. Many of the city’s relative newcomers—including Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, and J.W. Anderson—are quickly following in the footsteps of Britain’s household names. And the proof is in the purchasing: British designers have become more important than ever before, according to international buyers. The icing on the cake was the announcement of Peter Pilotto, the British brand famous for its digital prints, as the next designer collaboration for Target. Above, Burberry, the ultimate in iconic British design, presented a garden party on the runway. With a front row packed with celebrities, including Sienna Miller and One Direction’s Harry Styles, Bailey delivered a collection that was flirty and whimsical. Standout pieces included petal-shaped sunglasses, lacy separates, and soft cashmere in pastel colors. See more highlights from the London runways. —Erin CunninghamLaunch Slideshow 5 PHOTOS
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