England is in grief and fashion takes a back seat. London fashion week, scheduled for September 16-20, will span the country’s six days of national mourning, culminating in the Queen’s funeral on Monday September 19. “As the country enters a period of national mourning, we will observe a pause during these times of great sadness. We will take this moment to respect the legacy of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II and his 70 years on the throne. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family and the peoples of the Commonwealth,” the Belgian designer said. Raf Simons, whose parade was cancelled. According to a spokesperson for the brand, Prada’s co-creative director wanted to present his creations in England for the first time. However, he has “not yet communicated” a possible postponement of his parade.
Burberry follows in the footsteps of the Belgian designer: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty the Queen. We join the Royal Family in mourning their loss,” the brand posted on Instagram. The artistic director of the British house, Ricardo Tisci, announced the cancellation of the presentation of his collection – out of “respect” for the period of mourning – which he has already postponed to September 26. Roksanda, founded by a Serbian designer based in London, has also postponed her show which was to take place in a royal park.
“The FW must take place”
Despite the retraction of some, the British Fashion Council asked participating brands to maintain their shows. The BFC also encouraged local media to support creators by participating in and publicizing events. This decision comes after the last two years of health crisis. “It is important that we stand together and support the industry on this business opportunity for brands and creators,” the organization said.
The fashion world was keen to pay tribute to a queen who, in February 2018, attended the Richard Quinn show, seated in the front row next toAnna Wintour. “The queen touched everyone […] perhaps because despite her sense of absolute adherence and dedication to her role, who she was as a woman always shone through; her smile and her keen interest in others have never failed her,” said the editor-in-chief of the American edition of vogue. The public will be able to gather near the coffin of the queen in Westminster, until the funeral Monday, September 19.