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British fashion designers

From Westwood to McCartney

British fashion has an international reputation for being eccentric, thought provoking and boldly innovative, and British designers and fashion houses are renowned worldwide for their cutting edge styles.

If you want to know who's who in the world of British fashion, then take a look at this section.

Alexander McQueen

The late, great Lee 'Alexander' McQueen was a maverick designer known for his unconventional work much loved by celebrities like Lady Gaga and Rihanna. Classic McQueen designs include "bumsters" that spawned a worldwide trend for low slung jeans. Trained in London's Savile Row, his clothes are beautifully made and styled. His Alexander McQueen store is going strong.


Aquascutum is a fine example of British style and was worn by Sir Winston Churchill himself. In recent times this brand has been given a revamp, with the womenswear collection being modernised and the accessories range expanded. The new Aquascutum collection has a much younger, high fashion feel, which has wide appeal.


One of the most high profile British brands, Burberry has been imitated worldwide, but there are very few designs as famous as the Burberry check. Now a high fashion leader with the Prorsum label, Burberry will always be most famous for its classic trench coat.

Jasper Conran

A bit of an institution these days, Jasper Conran offers beautifully classic garments as well as homeware, jewellery, perfume and a more affordable range of designs for Debenhams. This label provides fantastic smart-casual wear.

Karen Millen

This British designer made her name in the 1980s with her sexy trouser suits. Whilst trouser suits feature in her collection Karen Millen range now encompasses a variety of catwalk-influenced clothes. Here you will find a mixture of vintage silk dresses and cashmere-beaded cardigans, plus much more.

Paul Smith

The king of British men’s fashion, Sir Paul Smith label celebrates classic British tailoring injected with a twist. The trademark bright patterned shirts and loud cufflinks, wallets and accessories are instantly recognisable. Pop into Paul’s for fun shopping and great men’s gifts.

Pringle of Scotland

Thanks to a new creative director and slick celebrity-filled advertising campaigns Pringle are no longer famous for just producing golf jumpers, however devotees of Pringle’s signature diamond pattern shouldn’t panic, it hasn’t disappeared it’s just been updated.

Rigby & Peller

Her Majesty’s corsetiere have been in business since 1939. All you need is the right bank balance. You, like former client Princess Diana, can have exactly the right bra as the company prides itself on its expert fitting service. Rigby & Peller offer a bespoke service and also carry an impressive collection of ready to wear lingerie and swimwear.

Stella McCartney

Britain’s hottest celebrity and owner of one of the UK’s most envied labels, Stella McCartney has grown from strength to strength since leaving French fashion house Chloe. Her high street range made exclusively for Hennes sold out across the country within hours of hitting shop rails. However for classic Stella chic and a more relaxed browsing experience, visit the Bruton Street flagship store.

Ted Baker

There are lots of unusual prints and styles to be found at Ted Baker and there is certainly a high fashion feel through the stores. Women can enjoy a range of party dresses, fitted tops and jeans, whilst men have a range of suits, well-cut shirts and casual tops to choose from. Affordable, tailored fashion.

Vivienne Westwood

The pioneer of the punk look, the amazing Vivienne Westwood is now part of the international fashion elite and has become something of a national treasure. Her designs are immediately recognisable for their immaculate cut, eccentric design and voluminous use of fabric, which is frequently her trademark tartan.

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