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London Fashion Week S/S 16: Day 1

Opening alongside the Rugby World Cup, London Fashion Week kicks off at full speed in typical, energetic style

London Fashion Week S/S 16: Day 1
Jackie JS Lee's fresh striped silks and easy tailoring

London Fashion Week started on the same day as the Rugby World Cup and the irony of heavyweights in flags meeting sylphs in silk was not lost on young hopeful Manuel Facchini, whose models in beautifully sporty, futurist dresses had their slender legs adorned with the therapeutic strips normally seen on forwards' sturdy calves.

That sort of lateral thinking plays well on a first day full of bright, newish names experimenting in an edgy new venue ­of a poshed-up Soho car park. The catwalk is simpler, but London fashion on a budget looks lean, mean and as diverse and energetic as ever.

The style so far for next spring is easy and laidback, with highlights including Bora Aksu's romantic lace "doily" dresses, Molly Goddard's bright tulle or dark silk smocked girly dresses, Jackie JS Lee's fresh striped silks and easy tailoring, Eudon Choi's modern peasant off-shoulder linens and Edeline Lee's graphic shapes in Art Deco shades.