Following the news of Queen Elizabeth II’s death at 96 on Thursday, a slew of brands began canceling or postponing their Spring 2023 shows at London Fashion Week. Luxury brands like Burberry and Raf Simons officially canceled their shows, while British retailers like Selfridges and Liberty closed their doors on Friday, September 9, to mark 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 year her platinum jubilee recognizes 70 years on the throne,” the British Fashion Council said. (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, scheduled to run from Friday 16 September to Tuesday 20 September, will not be canceled with the exception of Monday for the day of the funeral. As suggested by the council, brands should go ahead and hold core events like runway shows, but core non-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, September 19.
As recently updated by the BFC, there’s an outline of the plans, including a moment of silence at the start of the exhibit, a memorial wall where people can write tributes to the queen, and a new set of guidelines.
The BFC also calls on brands and the media to refrain from circulating images of presentations and shows at London Fashion Week to respect this time for the sovereign, and to post them after the period of national mourning, which will last 10 days from September 1. 9, it’s over. All BFC communication channels will be paused and instead dedicated to the impact and influence of Her Majesty the Queen of her.
Individual brands have also begun announcing changes to their plans:
The brand has moved its showtime to Sunday, September 18 and is scheduled to run from 11:30am to 1:30pm GMT.
The South Korean brand moved its showcase from Monday, September 19 to Tuesday, September 20.
Burberry has confirmed to Fashionista that its show, originally scheduled for September 17, has been cancelled. The brand, holder of the Royal Warrant, also posted a photo of the Queen on Instagram. “We will inform her of our plans in due time for her,” added a representative of the brand. Burberry has since confirmed that she will present on Monday, September 26 at 12:00pm GMT. The show will take place in London, with the location to be announced.
The Chinese-American designer has rescheduled his debut solo show from Monday, September 19 to Tuesday, September 20 at 6pm GMT.
Chopova Lowena’s Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena are scheduled to move their show from Tuesday 19 September to Friday 22 September, taking over Raf Simons’ original slot at 8pm GMT.
The Scottish designer moved his Spring 2023 show from 3pm Monday 19th September to 8pm GMT on Sunday 18th September.
The Turkish-British designer moved her slot from 5pm GMT on Monday 19th September to 2pm GMT on Friday 16th September.
The Greek fashion brand canceled its presentation schedule for Monday, September 19. Instead, a digital lookbook will be revealed on Tuesday, September 20.
The London-based designer canceled her show on Monday, September 19, and will instead make appointments that day with a live show in February.
Greek fashion designer Eftychia Karamolegkou has moved her schedule from Monday, September 19 at 10am GMT to Tuesday, September 20.
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The London-based designer has moved her presentation from Monday 19th September at 10:30am to 12:30pm GMT on Tuesday 20th September.
The luxury London fashion brand moved from 8pm GMT on Monday 19th September to 10am GMT on Friday 16th September.
In a recent report, JW Anderson confirmed that its spring 2023 showcase will still take place on its scheduled date of Saturday, September 17.
The Indian menswear designer has postponed his pre-Diwali party to the evening of Friday, September 16.
Designer Ivan Zinko postponed his presentation to Tuesday, September 20.
His scheduled show at the Jimmy Choo Academy on Monday, September 19 has been postponed and an alternate date will be announced. The designer will still present a press preview of his next collection at the academy on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 September.
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The brand has moved its show from 7pm GMT on Monday 19th September to 1pm GMT on Saturday 17th September.
The Milanese brand has canceled the launch of the Prada Paradoxe fragrance on Thursday night, with a new date to be announced.
The Shanghai and Milan based label has moved its showtimes from 1pm GMT on Monday 19th September to 4pm GMT on Tuesday 20th September.
“Following the devastating news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we have decided to cancel the Raf Simons show on September 16,” 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 moment of great sadness. We will take this moment to respect the legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her 70 years on the throne. Our thoughts are with the King The family and people of the Commonwealth”.
Originally scheduled to run on Sunday night until September 20 at 7pm GMT, Richard Quinn has officially moved his show to the end of the fashion week calendar. According to industry sources in a recent report, Quinn is expected to unveil an all-black collection to pay tribute to the late monarch.
The Estonian designer has canceled her Spring 2023 showcase. Instead, she is scheduled to release a lookbook of the collection, with media and buyer appointments still in effect.
Expected to show on Monday, the brand is currently brainstorming its options for its spring 2023 show.
The Chinese-Canadian designer moved up her London runway debut shift an hour earlier, on Tuesday, September 20, from 2pm to 1pm GMT, at Marshall Street Pool in central London.
The Dublin-born fashion designer has moved her shift from Monday 19th September at 2pm GMT to the same time on Tuesday 20th September.
Check back here for more updates on London Fashion Week Spring 2023 in light of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
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