London's best ever Fashion Week ends with a bang as Samantha Cameron is joined by Yasmin Le Bon, David Gandy and Laura Bailey for glittering BFC party
22:35 GMT, 19 September 2012
It's been deemed one of the most successful London Fashion Weeks ever.
So it was only fitting that the British Fashion Council (BFC) – the body that promotes and supports the British fashion industry – marked London Fashion Week's finale in style.
And last night, at the BFC party in London's Brew Wharf, there was a definite passion for fashion in the air.
Models such as Yasmin and Amber Le Bon rubbed shoulders with Laura Bailey, Poppy Delevingne and David Gandy.
Samantha Cameron gave a speech at the event, in which she welcomed Natalie Massenet, centre, as new chairman of the BFC, taking over from Harold Tillman. Right, Caroline Rush, CEO of BFC
Good genes: Model Yasmin Le Bon with daughter Amber at the BFC party
The bash – in celebration of what was declared to be a 'fantastic year for British fashion' by outgoing chairman Harold Tillman – provided a great occasion for some of Britain's best designers to let their hair down at the end of what was one of the best Fashion Weeks London has ever seen.
Hanging out in the covered courtyard were Henry Holland, Roland Mouret, Matthew Williamson, Erdem Moralioglu, Marios Schwab and Osman Yousefzada.
Looking stunning in Stella McCartney, the council's ambassador Samantha Cameron held court at the bash, where she also gave a speech praising the five year tenure of the council's former chairman.
Blionde ambition: Models Poppy Delevingne, left, and right, Laura Bailey
Boys zone: D&G model David Gandy with designer Henry Holland – who couldn't resist adding a neon flash to his smart suit with some metallic trainers
She said: '[Harold's] five years of hard work and dedication have really paid off. There is a brilliant team here at the British Fashion Council, and there is an incredibly exciting few years to come.'
Mrs Cameron was talking about the appointment of Net-A-Porter's Natalie Massenet MBE, also in attendance, who said she 'didn't believe it,' when the British Fashion Council first asked her to take on the role.
'I am very busy with my day job,' she continued, 'but this is a tremendous honour. Despite my American accent, I am British, my mother is British.'
Massenet said that 'fashion is a global industry, today more than ever' and declared that she has a 'precise and specific plan' for the future, adding: 'But first I plan to spend a few months taking time to listen.'
The Net-a-Porter founder also said she planned to apply the principles she uses in her business to further the cause of British fashion.
If that proves to be the case, the future looks set to be very bright for British designers indeed.
Fashion friends: Matthew Williamson and Olviia Palermo, who sat front row at the designer's show on Sunday. RIGHT: Shoptalk: Arcadia boss Sir Phillip Green with Harold Tillman CBE, who is stepping down after five years as chairman of the BFC