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Victoria Beckham and Christopher Bailey to mentor designers

Victoria Beckham and Christopher Bailey to mentor designers

Victoria Beckham and Christopher Bailey have been named the first ever patrons of Graduate Fashion Week.

Christopher has already worked with the fashionista's son Romeo several times for Burberry campaigns, but now it's Victoria's turn to team up with him. The pair enjoyed watching up-and-coming designers showcase their work during a catwalk presentation at The Houses of Parliament in London, UK, on Thursday evening (05Nov15). It was a meaningful experience for Christopher, who unveiled his own work during the event back in 1991, and he's honoured to have won the role alongside Victoria, who is also keen to encourage the younger generation.

"It is so important to support and mentor young people, and GFW provides an essential platform for them at this important time in their life," she told "I'm delighted to be joining Christopher Bailey, working together on such a worthwhile project."

Christopher is in a realm of his own, as he's the only individual in international fashion to hold both the CEO and chief creative officer role at one label simultaneously. Quizzed on whether he spotted any potential designers who could join Burberry during Thursday's shows, he remained coy.

"Burberry is a quintessentially British brand so it is important to have that sensibility to your work," he smiled. "That said, what we look for more than anything is raw talent and an ability to challenge convention - we try to take those qualities and set them in a world in which they can be fully explored."

This appointment follows on from the news that Christopher will be designing this year's (15) Claridge's Christmas Tree, following the likes of Dolce & Gabbana designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana and Lanvin's Alber Elbaz. Burberry has a long-standing relationship with the London hotel, with the label's iconic trench coats provided to guests during their stay.

"Christmas is one of my favourite times of year so I was delighted to be asked to design the Claridge's Christmas Tree - the iconic hotel celebrating a joyful time," Christopher said in a statement in October (15).

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