How designers paid tribute to the Queen this LFW

Different brands showed ways to pay their respects to the late monarch

By Megan Wallace
19 September, 2022
How designers paid tribute to the Queen this LFW

September is a significant month in the fashion calendar, with fashion weeks taking place across the major style cities of New York, London, Milan and Paris. Sadly, this September has also marked the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the British monarch for the past seven decades.

As a result, the nation has undertaken a period of mourning which has been respected by London Fashion Week, which commenced in the evening of September 15 and will draw to a close on September 20. As a mark of respect after the Queen's passing, all fashion week parties have been cancelled and all shows originally scheduled to take place on September 19, now the official funeral for the Queen, have been moved. The designer Raf Simons also took the decision to cancel his LFW show and so did the fashion house Burberry.

The Queen was a noted style icon with an immense fashion legacy and an immediately recognisable look that featured bright colours and matching skirt suits. She has even previously attended London Fashion Week, sitting next to Anna Wintour on the front row of a Richard Quinn show in 2018 and awarding the designer with the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design.

Now the UK fashion world is paying their respects during fashion week, making their grief over the late monarch known.

Daniel W Fletcher (who you may recognise from the Netflix series Next In Fashion) opened fashion week on Thursday with a one minute silence to the monarch before sending with a male model down the runway in a black morning suit with black armband to pay homage to the national mood of mourning.

Harris Reed

Other individuals to pay their respects include Harris Reed, the designer behind Lil Nas X's recent VMAs look, whose show saw a model in bridal regalia walking the runway while holding a bouquet of Lily of the Valley flowers, the Queen's favourite flower.

JW Anderson

JW Anderson closed the show with a model with blonde curls, wearing a t-shirt with words that commemorated the Queen.

The final show before the Queen's funeral on Monday, Christopher Kane's evening catwalk show began with a moment of silence dedicated to the Queen's memory.

Credit: Cosmopolitan