Samantha Cameron is the first lady of UK fashion in über-cool Christopher Kane design

As wardrobe dilemmas go, it was a real challenge.

On Friday, Samantha Cameron had the unenviable task of finding the perfect ensemble to appear before the creme de la crème of the British fashion scene.

But her look was spot on when she hosted a special reception at Number 10 Downing Street to kick start London Fashion Week.

With the best of British to choose from, the Prime Minister's wife lived up to her stylish credentials in a galaxy print skirt by super-cool Scottish designer Christopher Kane.

Claudia Schiffer – a guest at the event – was pictured looking ultra-chic in one of his galaxy dresses just after giving birth last year.

 

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Samantha complemented the skirt with a grey silk top by rising star Emilia Wickstead, her favourite Zara shoes, "because they are so comfortable", and a Mawi necklace.

Also at the soiree were notable fashion faces including Vivienne Westwood, royal hatmaker Philip Treacy and Burberry's chief designer Christopher Bailey.

Now considered among the style elite  – she made Vanity Fair's best dressed list and her wardrobe generates as much interest as Michelle Obama's and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy's - Samantha, 39, has been firmly on the industry's radar since her husband became leader of the opposition in 2005.

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The politician's wife is known for championing high street brands – including Jigsaw, Jaegar and Marks and Spencer – and six months ago she was named an official ambassador for the British Fashion Council.

And Samantha even dressed to impress while carrying her fourth child Florence.

During a speech marking the opening of LFW Samantha underlined the importance of the fashion business to Britain's economy and culture.

"People often say that fashion is one of our most important creative industries." she said: "Actually I think they're wrong. It's one of our most important industries, full stop."

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