Brands Cancel London Fashion Week Shows Following Queen Elizabeth II's Death

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Following the news of Queen Elizabeth II's death at age 96 on Thursday, a slew of brands have begun to cancel or postpone their Spring 2023 runway shows at London Fashion Week. Luxury labels such as Burberry and Raf Simons have officially called off their showcases, on top of British retailers like Selfridges and Liberty closing their doors on Friday, Sept. 9 to commemorate the queen's passing.

"We are deeply saddened by the devastating news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who has dedicated her life to serving her country, this her platinum jubilee year recognizes 70 years on the throne," said the British Fashion Council (BFC) in an official statement provided to Fashionista on Friday. "The country will enter an official mourning period from today. This will coincide with London Fashion Week."

The BFC announced that London Fashion Week — slated to run from Friday, Sept. 16 through Tuesday, Sept. 20 — will not be canceled with an exception on Monday for the day of the funeral. As suggested by the council, brands should go ahead and hold core events like runway shows, but non-core-business events — celebrations like store openings or parties — should be canceled or postponed. For retail stores, the organization recommended immediate 24-hour closure, black armbands for staff and closure on the day of the funeral on Monday, Sept. 19.

As recently updated by the BFC, there's an outline of plans, including a moment of silence at the start of the showcase, a memorial wall where people can write tributes to the queen, and a new set of guidelines.

The BFC also asks that brands and media outlets hold off on circulating images from presentations and shows at London Fashion Week to respect this time for the sovereign, and to release them after the national period of mourning, which will last for 10 days starting Sept. 9, has ended. All BFC communication channels will be paused and instead dedicated to the impact and influence of Her Majesty The Queen.

Individual brands have also begun announcing changes to their plans:

Ancuta Sarca

The brand moved its presentation slot to Sunday, Sept. 18, and is set to show from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. GMT.

(Bmuet(te)

The South Korean brand moved its showcase from Monday, Sept. 19 to Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Burberry

Burberry has confirmed to Fashionista that its show, originally scheduled for Sept. 17, has been canceled. The brand, a Royal Warrant holder, also posted a photo of the Queen on Instagram. "We will update you on our plans in due course," a rep for the brand added. Burberry has since confirmed it will present on Monday, Sept. 26 at 12:00 p.m. GMT. The show will take place in London, with the location to be announced.

Chet Lo

The American-Chinese designer has rescheduled his solo debut runway show from Monday, Sept. 19 to Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. GMT.

Chopova Lowena

Chopova Lowena's Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena are slated to move their show from Tuesday, Sept. 19 to Friday, Sept. 22, taking Raf Simons' original slot at 8 p.m. GMT.

Christopher Kane

The Scottish designer moved his Spring 2023 show from 3 p.m on Monday, Sept. 19 to 8 p.m. GMT on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Dilara Findikoglu

The Turkish-British designer moved her slot from 5 p.m. GMT on Monday, Sept. 19 to 2 p.m. GMT on Friday, Sept. 16.

Di Petsa

The Greek fashion label has canceled its presentation schedule for Monday, Sept. 19. A digital lookbook will instead be revealed on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Edeline Lee

The London-based designer has canceled her presentation on Monday, Sept. 19, and instead, will do appointments that day with a live runway show to come in February.

Eftychia

The Greek fashion designer Eftychia Karamolegkou has moved her Monday, Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. GMT slot to Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Emilia Wickstead

The London-based designer has moved her presentation from Monday, Sept. 19 at 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. GMT on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Helen Anthony

The luxury London fashion label has moved from 8 p.m. GMT on Monday, Sept. 19 to 10 a.m. GMT on Friday, Sept. 16.

JW Anderson

In a recent report, JW Anderson confirmed that its Spring 2023 showcase will still take place on its scheduled date for Saturday, Sept. 17.

Kaushik Velendra

The Indian menswear designer has postponed his pre-Diwali party on Friday night on Sept. 16.

Pariah Corp

Designer Ivan Zinko has postponed his presentation on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Patrick McDowell

His scheduled show at the Jimmy Choo Academy on Monday, Sept. 19 has been postponed, with alternative date to be announced. The designer will still host a press preview of his upcoming collection at the academy on Thursday, Sept. 15 and Friday, Sept. 16.

Paul & Joe

The brand has moved its show from 7 p.m. GMT on Monday, Sept. 19 to 1 p.m. GMT on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Prada Beauty

The Milanese brand has canceled the Prada Paradoxe fragrance release on Thursday night, with a new date to be announced.

Pronounce

The Shanghai and Milan-based label has moved its show slot from 1 p.m. GMT on Monday, Sept. 19 to 4 p.m. GMT on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Raf Simons

"Following the devastating news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we have decided to cancel the Raf Simons catwalk show on the 16th of September," the Raf Simons team shared in a statement provided to Fashionista. "As the country enters a period of official mourning, we will pause during this time of great sadness. We will take this time to respect the legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her 70 years on the throne. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family and the people of the Commonwealth."

Richard Quinn

Originally scheduled for Sunday night to Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. GMT, Richard Quinn has officially moved its show to at the end of the fashion week schedule. According to industry sources in a recent report, Quinn is expected to present an all-black collection to pay tribute to the late monarch.

Roberta Einer

The Estonian designer has canceled her Spring 2023 showcase. Instead, she is slated to release a lookbook of the collection, with appointments for media and buyers still in place.

Roksanda

Expected to show on Monday, the brand is currently brainstorming its options for its Spring 2023 show.

Susan Fang

The Canadian-Chinese designer has moved her runway debut slot in London one hour earlier on Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 2 p.m. to 1 p.m. GMT, taking place at the Marshall Street swimming pool in Central London.

Sinead O'Dwyer

The Dublin-born fashion designer has moved her slot from Monday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. GMT to the same time on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Check back here for more updates regarding London Fashion Week Spring 2023 in light of Queen Elizabeth II's passing.

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