LONDON — It’s the return of the great London catwalk without distractions.
On Monday evening, the British Fashion Council revealed the tentative schedule of London Fashion Week physical and digital shows and presentations taking place from 17-23 February featuring womenswear and menswear designers.
Burberry heads the Fall 2023 calendar as the British brand gears up for the debut of Daniel Lee for the Home on February 20, marking a significant change from its predecessor Riccardo Tisci.
Kicking off the show season will be Paul Costelloe on February 17, followed by Fashion East; Edward Crutchley; Huishan Zhang and BFC Newgen designer Sinéad O’Dwyer, the London-based Irish designer who has carved a niche in popular culture with the likes of Lara Stone, Paloma Elsesser, Björk, Arca and Precious Lee.
London’s most distinguished storytellers such as Molly Goddard, Nensi Dojaka, Richard Quinn, Ahluwalia, Halpern, Chet Lo, Eudon Choi, 16Arlington, Robyn Lynch and David Koma will present their collections on 18 February.
Quinn is passing the baton of the show’s latest slot to Burberry, which she’s covered for the past few seasons. Tisci preferred to show collections outside the traditional calendar.
Out of respect for the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Burberry staged its Spring 2023 show after Paris Fashion Week on Sept. 26, which also served as Tisci’s swan song collection for the home.
On 19 February, London’s most savvy designers will take to the catwalk, including Emilia Wickstead, Christopher Kane, Simone Rocha, Erdem and Roksanda, who brought her spring 2023 collection to the Serpentine in conjunction with the Frieze art fair.
Yuzefi will present his first collection on the runway on February 20 moving away from the presentation model. Other notable names include Harri, Edeline Lee, Sjoon, Susan Fang and Saul Nash.
The February 21 schedule is the smallest with only four shows running. The Ukrainian Fashion Week will present three designers in one show: Frolov, Kseniaschnaider and Paskal.
Designers absent from the program so far include Daniel W. Fletcher, KNWLS, JW Anderson, Stefan Cooke, Rejina Pyo, Poster Girl and Chopova Lowena.
The Autumn 2024 calendar will mark the return of cocktail parties, in-store events and raves to commemorate London Fashion Week celebrations.
In September, the BFC, which organizes the week, asked designers and brands to refrain from organizing parties, the usual celebratory events that mark the week.
Instead, the BFC has encouraged attendees to resume their celebrations in October in line with Frieze’s activities and events.