London Fashion Week 2021 is one of the first dates in the calendar for those in the fashion industry.
However with Covid-19 now mutating into a faster-spreading strain, many of the largest events of 2021 face being put on hold until a vaccine becomes more readily available.
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So, is London Fashion Week 2021 cancelled? Here we go through everything we know so far.
When is London Fashion Week 2021?
The next London Fashion Week will take place from 19th – 23rd February 2021, followed by 17th – 21st September 2021.
You can read more about when London Fashion Week 2021 is set to take place right here.
Is London Fashion Week 2021 cancelled?
London Fashion Week: Men’s was originally scheduled for January 2021, but this has now been cancelled.
The plan is that LFWM will be absorbed into the women’s collections taking place in February. This will be a digital-only event, with the shows being live streamed online due to the UK lockdown.
‘When we launched London Collections: Men in June 2012, which then became London Fashion Week Men’s, we were responding to an industry need and to the necessity to have a platform for British men’s wear designers,’ said Dylan Jones, the BFC’s men’s wear chair.
‘A lot has changed since then, and this year’s pandemic made us all rethink the current system in place.
‘We are confident that this move will help designers reach more people via the digital London Fashion Week platform, while still allowing them to do business as early as January without the deadline of a show.’
What we do know is that it’ll be a digital-first event with scaled back physical activations showcasing all seasons and genders from London.
Caroline Rush, chief executive officer at the BFC, added the move is a step towards minimising travel and making the show less reliant on gender norms.
‘In line with the newly formed Institute of Positive Fashion, our aim is to continue to redefine our fashion week model,’ she said.
‘Moving London Fashion Week Men’s into London Fashion Week in February will continue to de-gender London Fashion Week, allow designers greater flexibility to consider what collection they show when and minimize travel requirements, taking us one step closer to a more sustainable future,’ she added.
London Fashion Week 2021 tickets: How do I get tickets for London Fashion Week?
You need to either be invited or apply for a ticket.
To apply, simply visit the London Fashion Week website, choosing the designer you hope to watch and accompany this with an email to state your case on why you should attend.
Wear Next Opinion: When the cancellation of the Men’s London Fashion Week show was announced, there was a growing sense that the Covid-19 virus was starting to come under control.
That was rocked in December, as fears of a new strain gripped the UK. More than 40 countries shut their borders amid fears Britain was heading towards another national lockdown.
With that in mind, LFW’s February show is at real risk – and the physical element of the show may have to be abandoned altogether. It’s encouraging that it’ll be digital first, much like the event in June and September – which proved you don’t need to be there in person to fully appreciate the creative genius we long to see.
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