Here's What Will Happen In LFW After The Queen’s Passing
Following news of the Queen's passing on 8 September 2022, many of London Fashion Week's shows, events and parties will be cancelled.
London Fashion Week is not going to be the same this upcoming season.
The event has taken a full turn due to the death of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, leaving a legacy behind as she passed away at the age of 96 last September 08, 2022, at the Balmoral estate. The whole of U.K. is currently grieving the death of Her Majesty whose reign has been marked in history.
The London Fashion Week itinerary has been altered by the British Fashion Council (BFC), as they moved any events that would conflict with Queen Elizabeth II's funeral and packed out the final day on Tuesday, September 20. Even some designer brands such as Burberry, Raf Simons, and other designers decided to cancel their shows to respect the Queen's passing. However, Burberry decided to reschedule their show on September 26 with no location indicated.
The British Fashion Council issued a statement saying that "London Fashion Week is a business-to-business event, and an important moment for designers to show their collections at a specific moment in the fashion calendar. We recognize the work that goes into this moment." The British Fashion Council confirmed that the London Fashion Week will still proceed as scheduled, except for the canceled shows that were supposed to be presented on the day of the Queen's Funeral. “Shows and displays of collections can thus go on, but we do ask that designers respect the nation's mood and the time of national sorrow by timing the distribution of their images”.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane and see the Queen’s first London Fashion Week attendance during her reign:
At the age of 91, Queen Elizabeth II made a surprise appearance at her first ever London Fashion Week last February 2018. She attended Richard Quinn's Fall/Winter 2018 collection and was seen sitting front row next to American Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour.
Wearing a powder blue dress, a jacket by Angela Kelly, and her iconic small purse, the 91-year-old royal made time for the fashion presentation and was also there to present the first-ever Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to the then emerging English designer Richard Quinn.
As stylish as ever, she appeared to be enjoying herself as she watched the show and was seen to be clapping along with the audience. She was also extremely amused as she saw some of the contemporary hats and fascinators on display. The Queen Elizabeth II Award was inspired by Queen Elizabeth Rose, designed by Ms. Kelly, and made by Lucy Price at Bahinia Studios in Birmingham’s jewelry quarter.