Fashion designer worn by royals has £70,000 of couture clothes stolen by armed robbers in Belgravia 

A fashion designer loved by the royals is appealing for help tracking down £70,000 of couture clothes stolen from her car by armed and masked men.

Claire Mischevani - whose creations have been worn by Princess Beatrice, Zara Tindall and Lady Gabriella Windsor - lost 62 pieces during the robbery on February 16.

She and an assistant were loading up a Range Rover in Chester Row, Belgravia, at around 8pm and had gone back into a property to collect more items when a trio of robbers struck.

They were all dressed in black and wearing balaclavas and smashed one of the car's windows to get to the goods inside.

Police do not believe the fashion designer was targeted on purpose and think the robbers did not know what they were stealing. 

Claire Mischevani set up her fashion business in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, but has a showroom in Chester Road in London

Zara Tindall is a frequent wearer of Ms Mischevani's designs and was spotted in a purple coat dress at Cheltenham

Police are appealing for information on the missing items, which include this pastel-coloured dress

Ms Mischevani heard a car alarm going off and rushed back outside to be confronted by the men who threatened her with the item, undefined by police, used to smash the car's windows. 

In fear of their safety the victims ran into the house, locked the door and immediately called police.

Watching from a top-floor window, they saw the suspects smash more car windows before stealing a navy suitcase, black overnight bag and 15 garment bags of various sizes.

In total, 62 pieces were taken, including dresses and coats. They had been used in a fashion shoot.

The total value of the property stolen was around £70,000.

The garment bags feature the words 'Claire Mischevani Bridal Couture', and inside each item of clothing is a label reading 'Claire Mischevani Couture' with 'Handmade in England' and 'Creating heirlooms of the future' on the reverse side.

Afterwards the suspects drove off towards Eaton Terrace in a black Volkswagen Golf.

Ms Mischevani said: 'The whole inci...