New time slots, cancellations and arrangements for London Fashion Week funeral day – WWD

LONDON — Designers participating in London Fashion Week have been forced to make last-minute adjustments to the schedule of their spring 2023 shows given the mourning period following Queen Elizabeth II’s death and funeral, which will take place on Monday.

Burberry, holder of the Royal Warrant, was forced to cancel its Saturday show and set a new date: September 26 at noon. The show will take place in London after the Milan collections end and Paris begins. Burberry said Monday it would confirm the location in due course.

Following the queen’s death last Thursday, the British government has urged businesses not to cancel business events during the mourning period, with the exception of Monday, which has been declared a national holiday.

More than a million people are expected to travel to London to pay their respects to the queen, who will remain at Westminster Hall from Wednesday until her funeral at 11am on Monday.

Transport for London has said services will be “very busy” and passengers are urged to “allow plenty of extra time for their journeys and avoid driving where possible”, while Downing Street warned on Monday that commuters may wanting to “change their work patterns accordingly.” ”

London Fashion Week was originally scheduled to take place on Friday at 8pm, and will go ahead every day with the exception of Monday, when there will be no shows or events.

The British Fashion Council, which organizes the week, has also asked designers and brands to refrain from holding parties or the usual celebratory events that mark the week.

The organization wants to preserve what has become a major marketing moment for designers, whose businesses were hit during the two-year lockdown due to COVID-19.

Instead, BFC is planning a celebration in honor of London Fashion Week “with a focus on London as a creative capital” in October, which will include parties across the city and store activations.

Most of Monday’s events were moved to September 20, which originally had only two shows: South Korean fashion label Bmuet(te) and Canadian-Chinese designer Susan Fang, an LVMH Award finalist.

Richard Quinn, the inaugural winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, has moved his show from Sunday night to September 20 at 7pm, to close out London Fashion Week.

Quinn is understood to be paying tribute to the monarch, who launched her fashion career when she sat in his front row and presented him with the award in 2018. It was her first visit to London Fashion Week.

Over the weekend, American fashion designer Harris Reed spoke about why fashion week needed to go ahead.

He said his fellow young designers “have put all of their brand budgets into their shows to drive sales and brand awareness,” with the ultimate goal of building their businesses, rather than having to close or restructure them. It is so important now more than ever to support and be there for small brands at London Fashion Week,” she said.

London-based Greek fashion designer Eftychia Karamolegkou, who was supposed to present her spring 2023 collection next Monday morning, confessed that for emerging brands like hers, not doing a show is simply “not affordable”.

“I don’t have magazine ads. I can’t spend millions on a campaign, and my only shocking visibility is this show. Canceling a show that has been planned and prepared in advance and includes a team of people is like burning tickets just for fun. I prefer to use these notes in a more sustainable way,” she added.

American-Chinese designer Chet Lo was due to present his solo runway debut on September 19 after graduating from Fashion East. He also argued that “cancelling a program that we have spent months and money on is not an option.”

“Of course, this is an important moment in UK history that will greatly change what it means to be British, but for an up-and-coming designer making a living in London, it’s a difficult situation. For us, fashion week is a great source of income, ”he added.

Ancuța Sarca, the Romanian-born, London-based founder of the eponymous shoe brand, said she was looking forward to her first real-life performance in three years, which was moved from Monday to Sunday.

“We have been working tirelessly for the past few months. I hope the international press and buyers attending London Fashion Week will consider supporting us with their presence as UK coverage has been withheld until after the show,” he added.

On Monday afternoon, BFC released an updated schedule after speaking with designers, brands and members of the British fashion press.

He also outlined a list of 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 has urged “the international fashion community to attend London Fashion Week and continue to support the designers and the extraordinarily hard work they have put in on these presentations and collections.”

Here’s everything you need to know about how London Fashion Week has been affected by the death of Queen Elizabeth II, canceling her shows, moving to new show space and going ahead as planned. .

Models walk the runway at the Nensi Dojaka Fall 2022 show during London Fashion Week.

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Eftychia: Greek fashion designer Eftychia Karamolegkou has moved her Monday 10am hours to September 20, concurrent with the Newgen catwalk space at the Old Selfridges Hotel.

Chopova Lowena: Designer duo Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena will move their London Fashion Week runway debut from Monday night to Friday night, taking Raf Simons’ original spot at 8pm Simons, as reported, will no longer will be presented in London this season.

Ancuţa Sarca: The brand moves its presentation hours to Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

To pronounce: The Shanghai and Milan-based label, founded by Yushan Li and Jun Zhou, has changed its showtime from 1:00 p.m. on Monday to 4:00 p.m. on September 20.

Sinead O’Dwyer: Its hours were moved from 2 p.m. Monday to the same time on September 20.

Christopher Kane: The Scottish fashion designer has moved his Spring 2023 show from 3pm Monday to 8pm Sunday.

Dilara Findikoglu: You have moved your hours from 5:00 pm on Monday to 2:00 pm on Friday.

Check It: The Chinese-American designer has moved his solo runway debut after graduating Fashion Week from Monday to September 20 at 6 p.m.

Emily Wickstead: The London designer has moved her presentation from Monday at 10:30 to 12:30 on September 20.

Paul and Joe: The brand has moved its show from 7:00 p.m. Monday to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Burberry’s original showtime. Burberry, holder of the Royal Warrant, has postponed its show.

Elena Anthony: The mark has gone from 8:00 p.m. on Monday to 10:00 a.m. on Friday.

Roksanda: The brand is still looking at options for its spring 2023 show. The brand’s original time slot was noon on Monday.

susan fang: The Chinese-Canadian designer teased her London catwalk debut spot on September 20 from 2-1pm The LVMH Award finalist designer will take over Marshall Street Pool in central London to present her spring 2023 collection .

Ricardo Quinn: The inaugural winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design has moved his show from Sunday night to 7pm on September 20, to close out London Fashion Week.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: A model walks the runway during the Burberry O/W 2023 Womenswear Collection Presentation on March 11, 2022 in London, England.  (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)

A model walks the runway at the Burberry Fall 2022 show in London.

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Burberry: As the Royal Warrant holder, or official supplier to the royal family, the brand canceled its spring 2023 fashion show, which was scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Raf Simón: The Belgian designer was scheduled to make his London debut and show his spring 2023 collection on Friday night, but has decided to pull out of London Fashion Week. The brand has yet to reveal its next step.

Robert Einer: The Estonian fashion designer has decided to cancel her spring 2023 show. Instead, Einer will launch the spring 2023 collection with a catalogue. The brand will continue to showcase the collection during Paris Fashion Week for wholesale buyers and media appointments.

Patrick McDowell: His scheduled show at the Jimmy Choo Academy on Monday has been postponed. While an alternative date is still being decided, a press preview of his upcoming collection will take place this Thursday and Friday at the Jimmy Choo Academy.

Say Petsa: The brand has canceled its presentation on Monday. A digital catalog will be revealed on September 20.

Kaushik Velendra: The Indian menswear designer on Brook Street has decided to postpone his pre-Diwali party on Friday night.

Edline Lee: The designer was supposed to show off her new collection via a Monday presentation between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., but will instead make appointments and hold a live runway show in February.

purdy: The high-end British brand specializing in field sports, and owned by Compagnie Financière Richemont, has postponed its spring 2023 preview originally scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

Outcast Corporation: The brand founded by Ivan Zinko, son of fashion designer Natasha Zinko, has postponed its presentation until September 20.

Prada Beauty: The Milanese brand has canceled the launch of the Prada Paradoxe fragrance on Thursday night. The rescheduling of the date will be confirmed soon.

Backstage at Erdem RTW Fall 2022 on February 21, 2022 in City.

Backstage at Erdem Fall 2022 on February 21, 2022 in London.

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