September has always been a significant month in the fashion calendar, with fashion weeks taking place across the major style cities of New York, London, Milan and Paris. Sadly, September 2022 also marked the passing of our Queen Elizabeth 11, which rightfully shifted focus away from fashion.
As a mark of respect after the Queen’s passing, many fashion week parties were cancelled and all shows originally scheduled to take place on 19 September, were moved. The designer Raf Simons also took the decision to cancel his LFW show and so did the fashion house Burberry.
The Queen was a noted style icon, with an immediately recognisable look featuring bright colours and matching skirt suits. She even previously attended London Fashion Week, sitting next to Anna Wintour on the front row of a Richard Quinn show in 2018 and awarding the designer with the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design.
Those LFW shows that did take place showed due respect to the late monarch.
Daniel W Fletcher (who you may recognise from the Netflix series Next In Fashion) opened LFW last week with one minute’s silence, before sending with a male model down the runway in a black morning suit with black armband to pay homage to the national mood of mourning.
Other individuals to pay their respects include Harris Reed, whose show saw a model in bridal regalia walking the runway while holding a bouquet of Lily of the Valley flowers, the Queen’s favourite flower.
The final show before the Queen’s funeral on Monday, Christopher Kane’s evening catwalk show began with a one-minute silence dedicated to the Queen’s memory.
The end of an era.