Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8th, a paired-back London Fashion Week (LFW) presented by Clearpay returns to the capital this week, with the British Fashion Council (BFC) announcing several changes to the final schedule.
In a statement released on Thursday evening, shortly after the announcement of the Queen’s death, the BFC said: “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 recognise the work that goes into this moment. Therefore, shows and presentations of collections can continue, but we are asking that designers respect the mood of the nation and period of national mourning by considering the timing of their image release.”
The BFC has recommended postponing or cancelling “non-essential” events like parties and openings as a mark of respect, and will pause its own communication channels, or dedicate them to the Queen, until after the 10-day period of mourning. Shows originally planned to take place on the day of the Queen’s funeral will be rescheduled.
Set to take place from Friday 16th to Tuesday 20th September, the hybrid digital-physical schedule will feature over 110 designers, include collection launches from established brands Emilia Wickstead, ERFEM, JW Anderson, Huishan Zhang, Molly Goddard, Rejina Pyo, ROKSANDA and Simone Rocha.
This years’ BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund winner Richard Quinn will be returning to the schedule as well as BFC Fashion Trust recipients Completedworks, Richard Malone, SUPRIYA LELE and TOVE.
Burberry, who were scheduled to return to London after a short hiatus, said on Thursday evening it will not move ahead with its Spring/Summer 2023 show on 17 September “as a mark of respect”.
A curation of “excellence, innovation, and creativity”, LFW will showcase the cultural progressiveness of the city through a series of emblematic and immersive cultural physical and digital experiences presented by a dynamic mix of emerging and established design talent, brands and retailers. Additional participating designers include: 16Arlington, Chopova Lowena, DANIEL w. FLETCHER, EDWARD CRUTCHLEY, FASHION EAST, HALPERN and KNWLS.
This season, the BFC NEWGEN Show Space will return to The Old Selfridges Hotel, thanks to the generous support of Selfridges. As Official Partner of BFC NEWGEN, TikTok will support the next generation of British design talent to reach a wider audience globally. Participating BFC NEWGEN designers include: ANCUȚA SARCA, ASAI, Bethany Williams, Chet Lo, DI PETSA, EFTYCHIA, FEBEN, HARRI, HELEN KIRKUM, Leo Carlton, MASHA POPOVA, Nensi Dojaka, Paolo Carzana, S.S DALEY, Sinéad O’Dwyer, Stefan Cooke and yuhan wang.
Returning this season is City-Wide Celebration, a curated programme of unique experiences and activations open to the public over LFW, spearheaded by inclusivity and consciousness, moving the fashion conversation forward through industry wide participation and partnerships. The programme is an extension of LFW aiming to unite London in a festival of creativity and innovation, hosting events and activations in partnership with key retailers, cultural institutions, and businesses. A full schedule of activities and how to get involved will be announced later in the summer.
Explore the schedule here.