London Fashion Week begins with tributes to Queen Elizabeth
London Fashion Week began with models sporting a portrait of Queen Elizabeth and an all-black look. Fashionistas also paid respects during the time of national mourning.
Organisers announced last week that London Fashion Week would be run as a “business-to-business event” respecting royal protocol and paying tribute to the 96-year-old queen, who died on September 8. Holidays were postponed, and Monday’s performances, on the day of Queen’s state funeral, were rescheduled.
Although major brands like Burberry and Raf Simons were among the season’s most anticipated highlights of this season, it is misleading for smaller labels to pull out of the September 16-20 event.
“So, the shows and presentations (which is the business-tobusiness part where designers present their collections to international media outlets, retailers, designers, etc.) are part of a global fashion calendar. It cannot be displaced,” Caroline Rush (chief executive of British Fashion Council) told Reuters.
“London is a great platform for creative businesses. There are many independent businesses and they have already spent the money. We need to ensure that we support them in order to allow them to continue to thrive.”
A book of condolences from the fashion industry will be shared with the royals. Fashionistas will participate in a national moment for reflection on Sunday evening at 8:30 pm (1900 GMT), ahead of Christopher Kane.
Designer Daniel W Fletcher observed a moment of silence on Thursday night before releasing his first model wearing a black suit with a black armband.
Fletcher stated that he thought it important to mark the moment as we opened the event,” Fletcher said in an interview with London’s Evening Standard newspaper.
Spanish sustainable brand Sohuman closed its show Friday with models holding pictures of Elizabeth, with their eyes smudged and their hands covered in drawings of the crown and “RIP”.
Javier Aparici’s vibrant collection featured dresses in bright colors and floral prints. He told Reuters that the situation in the world was very complex after the pandemic. “And we believe it’s important that women are empowered with many colors of flowers and energy.