For established models, London is the fashion capital most likely to be skipped during show season — a week to get some much-needed foot massages between New York and the Milan and Paris legs. For up-and-coming girls, London is their best shot to gain some valuable runway experience and perhaps a piece of proper British Cadbury’s chocolate — though the latter is unlikely.
While plenty of new faces did hit the spring 2013 British runways, an analysis of 46 of LFW’s top shows reveals that two slightly more established models booked the coveted opening and closing spots. Emily Baker and Renee van Seggern both fronted four shows. (To be precise: At David Koma, Emily both opened and closed; at Paul Smith, Renee did the same.) Five models, including newcomer Kayley Chabot and veteran Tilda Lindstam, booked three. As for bigger names, home-grown talent Charlotte Wiggins opened and closed Burberry’s show, while fellow Brit Jourdan Dunn opened Topshop Unique. Oh, and Lady Gaga opened Philip Treacy’s show in a bright pink burqa. See all these models, and more, in our roundup of London’s finest.