Following the news of Queen Elizabeth II’s death at the age of 96 on Thursday, a number of brands have begun canceling or postponing their spring 2023 runway shows at London Fashion Week. Luxury brands such as Burberry and Raf Simons have officially canceled their showcases, on top of UK retailers such as Selfridges and Freedom will close its doors on Friday, Sept. 9 to commemorate the Queen’s passing.
“We are deeply saddened by the devastating news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who has devoted her life to serving her country, in this platinum jubilee year recognizing her 70 years on the throne,” the British Fashion Council (BFC) said in an official statement made to Fashionista on Friday. “The country will enter an official period of mourning from today. This will coincide with London Fashion Week.”
The BFC announced that London Fashion Week – scheduled to run from Friday, Sept. 16 to Tuesday, Sept. 20 – will not be cancelled. As suggested by the council, brands should go ahead and hold core events like runway shows, but non-core business events – celebrations like store openings or parties – should be canceled or postponed. For retail stores, the organization recommended immediate 24-hour closing, black armbands for staff and closing on the day of the funeral (TBD).
The BFC is also requesting that brands and media continue to circulate images from presentations and shows at London Fashion Week to respect this time for the sovereign and to release them after national mourning period, which lasts for 10 days from September. 9, is over. All BFC communication channels will be paused and instead dedicated to the influence and influence of Her Majesty The Queen.
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Individual brands have also begun to announce changes to their plans:
Burberry has confirmed to Fashionista that its show was originally scheduled for September. 17, has been cancelled. Brand too posted a picture by the Queen for Instagram. “We will update you on our plans over time,” added a representative for the brand.
“Following the devastating news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we have decided to cancel the Raf Simons catwalk show on September 16,” the Raf Simons team shared in a statement to Fashionista. “As the country enters a period of official mourning, we pause during this time of great sadness. We will use this time to respect the legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her 70 years on the throne. Our thoughts go out to the Royal . Family and People of the Commonwealth.”
Check back here for more updates on London Fashion Week Spring 2023 in light of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.