LONDON – It’s the return of the big London track without any distractions.
On Monday evening, the British Fashion Council revealed the tentative schedule for London Fashion Week’s physical and digital shows and presentations which will run from February 17-23 featuring designers of womenswear and menswear.
Burberry headlines the fall 2023 calendar as the British brand prepares for Daniel Lee’s debut for the house on February 20, marking a significant departure from predecessor Riccardo Tisci.
The catwalk season kicks off with 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 out a niche in popular culture with the likes of Lara Stone, Paloma Elsesser, Björk, Arca and Precious Lee.
London’s most distinct storytellers such as Molly Goddard, Nensi Dojaka, Richard Quinn, Ahluwalia, Halpern, Chet Lo, Eudon Choi, 16Arlington, Robyn Lynch and David Koma will showcase their collections on February 18.
Quinn hands over the latest slot to Burberry, which he’s been covering for a few seasons. Tisci preferred to show collections outside the traditional calendar.
Out of respect for the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Burberry held its Spring 2023 show after Paris Fashion Week on September 26, which also happened to be Tisci’s swansong collection for the house.
On February 19, London’s most seasoned designers will take to the catwalks, including Emilia Wickstead, Christopher Kane, Simone Rocha, Erdem and Roksanda, who took her Spring 2023 collection to the Serpentine to coincide with the Frieze art fair.
Yuzefi will present her first catwalk collection on February 20, stepping away from her presentation model. Other notable names include Harri, Edeline Lee, Sjoon, Susan Fang and Saul Nash.
The February 21 program is the smallest with just four shows. Ukrainian Fashion Week will feature 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 fall 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 hosting parties, or the usual festive events that punctuate the week.
Instead, the BFC encouraged attendees to resume their celebrations in October by aligning themselves with Frieze activities and events.