The British Fashion Council has revealed plans in reaction to Queen Elizabeth’s passing at Balmoral Castle on Thursday at the age of 96.
The BFC said it will join the mourning nation and follow royal protocol.
All main commercial activities at London Fashion Week can continue, but all non-main commercial events, such as parties and openings on the official programme, must be cancelled.
It also added that if the queen’s funeral occurs during London Fashion Week, as it is likely to take place 10 days after her death, the BFC recommends that shows taking place on that date will need to be rearranged.
Brands that will be affected include Eftychia, Chopova Lowena, Ancuta Sarca, Roksanda, Edeline Lee， Pronounce, Sinead O’Dwyer, Christopher Kane, Roberta Einer, Dilara Findikoglu, Chet Lo, Emilia Wickstead, Paul & Joe, Di Petsa and Helen Antony.
The organization also advised retailers that they may want to consider 24 immediate closings, black armbands for staff and closing on the day of the funeral.
“We are deeply saddened by the devastating news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who has dedicated her life to the service of her country, this year of her platinum jubilee recognizes 70 years on the throne. The country will go into official mourning starting today. This will coincide with London Fashion Week,” the BFC said in a statement issued shortly after Queen Elizabeth’s death.
“London Fashion Week is a business-to-business event and an important time for designers to showcase their collections at a specific time in the fashion calendar, we acknowledge the work that goes into this time.
“Therefore, shows and collection launches may continue, but we ask designers to respect the mood of the nation and the period of national mourning when considering the timing of their image release. We will also communicate it to the media asking them to respect it as well,” the BFC added.
BFC said it will reveal an official arrangement for those designers whose windows will be affected by the funeral once the funeral date is confirmed.