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As London Fashion Week Pauses As A Mark Of Respect To The Queen’s Funeral, Fashion Figures Share Their Last Words


As Britain and the wider world mourns the loss of the icon that was Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away ‘peacefully’ at Balmoral aged 96 on 8 September 2022, the fashion industry has paid its own tribute to the much-loved monarch.

London Fashion Week has been significantly scaled back this season ‘as a mark of respect’ to the Queen, falling as it does over the official national mourning period. Numerous events have been cancelled or rescheduled, while the first show of the season, Daniel W . Fletcher, poignantly opened with a one-minute silence for the late monarch. Christopher Kane’s catwalk show on Sunday evening, the final show before the Queen’s state funeral on Monday, will also begin with a one-minute silence in her honour.

The Queen with Caroline Rush of the British Fashion Council

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As per the British Fashion Council, all union flags across LFW venues will fly at half-mast, while the NEWGEN Venue at Selfridges Hotel will have space for the industry to write tributes – which will then be placed in a condolence book for the Royal Family .

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Beyond being a style icon in her own right who inspired countless designers and collections, Queen Elizabeth II enjoyed a significant relationship with the British fashion industry throughout her 76-year reign. In her early years, the Queen worked close with royal couturier Norman Hartnell and regularly championed British design talent where most opted for important Parisian maisons. She also awarded numerous Royal Warrants to designers in recognition of their craft, including Barbour and Burberry.

In 2018, the Queen launched the QEII Award for British Design with the British Fashion Council, recognising design excellence and positive impact. Its launch saw the Queen attend London Fashion Week in person, where she sat on the front row at Richard Quinn’s show before presenting the emerging designer with the inaugural award. More recent recipients have included Priya Ahluwalia and Saul Nash.

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The Queen awarding Richard Quinn with the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design

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Following news of the Queen’s death, industry heavyweights including Stella McCartney, Paul Smith and McQueen have paid their respects with online tributes, while brands including Raf Simons and Burberry have chosen to cancel their LFW shows altogether as a ‘mark of respect’.

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The British Fashion Council, meanwhile, wrote: ‘Her Majesty’s effortless style, charm and sense of fun was evident and her passion in supporting young creatives will continue to inspire the next generation.’

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