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London Fashion Week begins with tributes to Queen Elizabeth

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LONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – From an all-black opening look to models holding a photo of Queen Elizabeth, London Fashion Week began with tributes to the late monarch as fashionistas paid their respects during the period of national mourning.

Organizers announced last week that London Fashion Week would run as a “business-to-business event” while adhering to royal protocol and paying tribute to the 96-year-old queen who died on September 8.

Parties have been postponed and performances for Monday, the day of the Queen’s state funeral, have been rescheduled.

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While big brands such as Burberry and Raf Simons, among this season’s most anticipated highlights, pulled out of the September 16-20 event, for smaller brands it’s harder to do so.

“So the shows and presentations, which is the business to business part, where designers present their collections to international media, retailers, stylists… (is) part of a global fashion calendar. cannot be moved,” Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, told Reuters.

“London is a hub for amazing creative businesses, lots of independent businesses and they’ve already incurred some spending, so we need to make sure we’re supporting them to be able to keep going.”

Among the planned tributes is a book of condolences from the fashion industry, which saw Elizabeth sitting front row at a show in London, and fashionistas will join in a national moment of reflection – a minute’s silence – on Sunday evening at 8 p.m. (19:00 GMT) before the Christopher Kane show.

On Thursday night, designer Daniel W. Fletcher observed a minute’s silence before dispatching his first model in a black suit and black armband.

“I thought when it came to opening the event it was important to mark this moment,” Fletcher told London newspaper Evening Standard.

Spanish enduring brand Sohuman ended its Friday show with models, eye makeup smeared as if in tears, holding a picture of Elizabeth and with crown designs or “RIP” written on their hands.

Designer Javier Aparici’s colorful collection consisted of dresses in bold hues or floral prints.

“After the pandemic, the situation in the world is very complicated,” he told Reuters.

“And we think it’s important to empower the woman with lots of color, flowers, attitude, energy.”

Turkish designer Bora Aksu also observed a minute’s silence ahead of his show, where he showcased his usual range of frilly, feminine dresses, as well as military-style jackets and hats.

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Reporting by Sarah Mills; Additional reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Isaine Blatry; Written by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel

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