London Style Week will look very completely different in a interval of mourning

The style world has been rocked by the information of the Queen’s demise.

Queen Elizabeth II was lengthy a supporter of British trend, launching the QEII Award for British Design at London Style Week (LFW) in 2018 – sitting entrance row at her first trend present, and presenting Richard Quinn with the inaugural award.

The interval of mourning and the funeral on September 19 comes at a tough time for the British Style Council, which was gearing up for London Style Week between September 15-20.

Queen Elizabeth II presenting Richard Quinn with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design in 2018 (Yui Mok/PA)

“We’re devastated to listen to of the demise of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II whose reign can be marked in historical past as one among empathy, energy and charm. Our ideas are with the Royal Household as we have a good time The Queen’s life and bear in mind her extraordinary legacy,” says a press release on the London Style Week web site.

“Her Majesty’s easy type, appeal and sense of enjoyable was evident and her ardour in supporting younger creatives will proceed to encourage the subsequent era.”

After some confusion over whether or not LFW would go forward, it’s nonetheless on – albeit with some main adjustments. Right here’s every part you should know concerning the altered occasion, and the way British trend is paying tribute to the late monarch…

The adjustments

“As a business-to-business occasion London Style Week will proceed whereas observing Royal Protocol and the occasion can be devoted to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with our personal moments of respect. Having spoken to designers and business members, we as an business need to unite as a artistic and enterprise group to have a good time Her Majesty’s legacy and dedication to creativity and design,” a press release reads on the LFW web site.

All reveals scheduled for the day of the funeral are to be rearranged. This contains some established names (Emilia Wickstead and Roksanda), in addition to a few of London’s most fun up-and-comers – akin to Supriya Lele and Chet Lo. Many have discovered area elsewhere on the schedule – akin to buzzy designer Chopova Lowena, who’s now in a chief Friday-night slot – whereas others are nonetheless figuring out their choices or choosing a brand new date fully.

Burberry was beforehand scheduled for the Saturday of LFW, however was one of many first trend homes to announce it will be cancelling its present in gentle of the Queen’s demise. It now has a brand new date, off schedule – on September 26, between Milan and Paris Style Weeks.

Raf Simons was an thrilling addition to the schedule – the Belgian designer has beforehand helmed Dior and Calvin Klein and is at the moment co-creative director of Prada. He was planning on bringing his eponymous label to the capital on Friday – however the present has been cancelled, with no phrase but on whether or not he’ll reschedule in London or not.

The day after the Queen died, Oxfam introduced its present Style Preventing Poverty could be cancelled, writing in an e-mail: “Our present was attributable to be staged throughout the interval of nationwide mourning as a part of London Style Week. The British Style Council has requested that each one non-core enterprise occasions on the official schedule, which incorporates Style Preventing Poverty 22, throughout London Style Week are both cancelled or postponed.”

All of the events that usually include trend week are being cancelled as an indication of respect – together with, this yr, a Saturday evening rager that was going to be hosted by Kate Moss, celebrating Eating regimen Coke’s fortieth birthday.

The reveals nonetheless occurring

Molly Goddard can be returning to the catwalk (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Whereas the temper will undoubtedly be much more sombre than we’re used to seeing at LFW, there are nonetheless loads of reveals to stay up for.

Northern Irish designer JW Anderson is making his return to London after a number of seasons in Paris and Milan – anticipate eclectic purses, vivid knits and pink carpet-worthy outfits.

Simone Rocha, Molly Goddard and Halpern are all on the schedule as regular, in addition to some newer names to be careful for – together with Tove, and anybody supported by the NEWGEN initiative.

The tributes


From Burberry to Christopher Kane, most of the LFW stalwarts have posted tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth II on their social media channels, and respects will proceed to be paid all through the occasion.

In keeping with the LFW web site, throughout the occasion, all Union Flags will fly at half-mast, there can be a one-minute silence at 8pm on September 18, there’s an area so as to add your condolences on the British Style Council web site, and the NEWGEN Venue at Selfridges Resort “can have area for the business to write down tributes”. All these tributes can be made right into a condolence guide for the royal household after LFW wraps up.

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