After being forced to take a break due to the pandemic, we all thought London Fashion Week (LFW) would never be cancelled again but in the wake of the Queen’s death, questions are being asked about whether it’s still going to happen in September.
The celebration of British fashion made its return last year, and as life has returned to normal, so too had LFW.
One thing that stuck was the hybrid of digital-physical shows, meaning many more people can access the magic from the comfort of their own homes.
There’s been no need to get dressed up (although that’s half the fun) or even leave the house, as many of the shows are streamed online.
The schedule for September 2022’s event was announced a few weeks ago, with designers including Burberry and JW Anderson featuring. But since Queen Elizabeth II’s death, there are said to be a few changes to the week-long event.
So is it still going ahead, how can you tune in and can anyone get tickets?
Read on for your questions answered and bookmark this page to stay updated.
Is London Fashion Week cancelled?
As the event is now taking place during the national period of mourning in the UK, changes to the schedule continue to be announced.
The British Fashion Council this week announced that all the shows that had been scheduled for Monday, September 19 will be rescheduled, as this is now the day of the Queen’s funeral.
As well as this, all events and parties set to take place during the event will be postponed to take place outside of the mourning period.
However the BFC is still encouraging people to attend, writing on the LFW website: ‘We ask that you the local and international fashion community attend London Fashion Week and support the designers – it’s been an incredibly challenging two years for the industry so it’s important that we stand together and support the industry for what is an unparalleled commercial opportunity for participating brands and designers.’
When is London Fashion Week?
The most recent LFW took place in June, with womenswear, menswear and gender-neutral collections being showcased to the public.
The next full LFW to take place across 5 days, 16th – 20th September (with a break on 18th), with designers presenting their SS23 collections.
The schedule for September’s London Fashion Week event was recently announced, with designers JW Anderson, Rejina Pyo and more in the line-up.
However a few designers have decided to postpone their shows, including Burberry and Raf Simons.
See the full schedule.
Who organises LFW?
The British Fashion Council (BFC) organises London Fashion Week shows and events every year.
The BFC are a non-for-profit organisation, which was founded in 1983.
As well as LFW, they also organise London Fashion Week Men’s, The Fashion Awards, LONDON show ROOMS and London Fashion Week Festival every year.
As well as supporting the British fashion industry, the BFC are also responsible for supporting the next generation of designers. They supervise fashion higher education and apprenticeships in the industry.
How do you get into LFW?
LFW is usually not open to the public. To attend shows, you usually either need to be invited by the specific designer’s press team or you can apply for a ticket yourself if you’re an industry leader.
If you intend to do the latter, simply go to the London Fashion Week website, find the appropriate designer’s press team contact details and email them directly, explaining why you should attend.
It’s worth doing this months in advance as the tickets are assigned early.
Can I get tickets for LFW?
Unfortunately it’s not as easy as buying tickets to LFW, as you have to be invited to the shows to attend.
Much of London was opened up during the last Fashion Week in a City Wide Celebration as part of the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s Let’s Do London campaign.
This is set to continue through to November, so make sure you check out the programme.
Where is London Fashion Week held?
The main hub of activity is held at Somerset House, 180 The Strand, London, with various shows held at different locations across the British Capital.
Many of the shows were broadcast online again in September 2021 like they were in February, allowing fashion fans and followers to watch along.
How do I watch LFW online?
You can watch LFW on londonfashionweek.co.uk.
Will London Fashion Week Festival be held?
LFW Festival has been cancelled over the last few seasons due to the pandemic.
It last took place in February 2020 and was a ticketed event, with prices varying depending on whether buying insider or front row access.
LFW Festival is a spin-off of London Fashion Week, bringing one of the world’s biggest fashion events to the public. Attendees will get the chance to access catwalk shows, industry talks, access to a hospitality lounge and more.
We’ll be keeping you up-to-date on LFW Festival news. Please check back later for more information.