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With catwalk shows staged four to six month before the clothes go on sale, young designers are freer to take risks and test the water to see which pieces go down best, they argue.

But Torloting, a former advertising executive, said the system "frustrated" the public and vowed to have an "even bigger part of the next collection in the shops the day after the show.

"Frankly, there are not really any seasons anymore. Collections are a mix of pieces... because there is not the same weather everywhere," he added.

The other highlight of the day was Dries Van Noten's wonderfully sensuous take on Edwardian aristocratic decadence, with pearl-encrusted fur jackets and silky leopard print trousers and suits you almost imagine the cross-dressing writer Rita Sackville West in as she returned at dawn from a party.

The Belgium designer said he was inspired by the passion between the Italian heiress Luisa Casati, who famously said "I want to be a living work of art", and the writer Gabriele d'Annunzio.

Anne Sofie Madsen meanwhile attempted the ambitious feat of trying to conjure up the spirit of Elvis Presley's stillborn twin brother, Jesse Garon, in her show "Heaven or Las Vegas".

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