London (Reuters) — From the all-black opening look to models carrying pictures of Queen Elizabeth, London Fashion Week kicked off with a tribute to the late monarch as fashionistas paid tribute during a national time of mourning.
Organizers have announced that London Fashion Week will be held as a ‘business-to-business event’ while honoring royal protocol and honoring the Queen, who died at 96 on September 8.
The party has been postponed and the show for Monday, the day of the Queen’s state funeral, has been rescheduled.
Big brands like Burberry and Raf Simons, one of the most anticipated highlights of the season, pulled out of the Sept. 16-20 event, but that’s hard to do for smaller brands. That’s it.
“So the shows and presentations, the business-to-business part where designers present their collections to international media, retailers and stylists, are part of the global fashion calendar. You can’t move that,” Caroline said. says. Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, told Reuters.
“London is a platform for incredibly creative businesses, a lot of independent businesses, and they have already committed to spending, so we have to make sure we support them so they can continue. ”
Among the planned tributes will be a book of condolences from the fashion industry, who once saw Elizabeth sitting front row at a London show, and fashionistas will pay tribute on Sunday night at 8pm (1900 GMT). ) before the Christopher Kane show.
On Thursday night, designer Daniel W. Fletcher held a minute’s silence before sending out the first models in black suits and black armbands.
Fletcher told London’s Evening Standard newspaper, “In launching the event, I thought it was important to commemorate the moment.
Spanish sustainable brand SoHuman closed Friday’s show with models. Their eye makeup was smeared as if they were crying, they held a picture of Elizabeth in their hands, and drew a picture of a crown or “RIP” on their hands.
Designer Javier Aparici’s colorful collection consisted of dresses in bold colors and floral prints.
“The situation around the world is very complicated after the pandemic,” he told Reuters.
“And we think it’s important to empower women with colorful flowers, attitudes and energy.”
Turkish designer Bora Aksu also held a minute’s silence before the show, showing off her usual frilly feminine dresses as well as military-style jackets and hats.