London Fashion Week unveils September schedule with Raf Simmons making his debut

The British Fashion Council (BFC) on Monday unveiled the provisional September schedule for London Fashion Week’s (LFW) Spring/Summer 2023 collections.

The week will see Richard Quinn, Simone Rocha, and Erdem among others, as well as favourites like Bora Aksu will show face once more especially since he was one of the few designers to have a live show during the pandemic. The schedule also sees rising brands like Di Petsa, Poster Girl, and Chet Lo. Major players Burberry and JW Anderson are set to make a comeback along with the LFW debut of Raf Simmons, who usually shows his label in Paris.

When asked about his debut, Simmons had this to say, “It’s been a dream for a while to show in London – a city where fashion and creativity are omnipresent in the streets, and where I see exceptional people with a strong unique style. I’m extremely excited that this dream is becoming a reality now.”

The return of the two big British brands, Burberry and JW Anderson is set to make this LFW a strong one, drawing back the crowds, from buyers to editors. Burberry, being the UK’s largest luxury brand had missed the previous LFW, instead having their own catwalk in March after LFW, while JW Anderson had several seasons in Paris and Milan. The fashion scene has undergone substantial change since the pandemic and with old and established brands returning to fresh and emerging ones making their debut, this LFW is more than likely going to be an inspiring one.

Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the BFC says it best, “Over the last few seasons, LFW has energetically emerged from the pandemic with steady progress and regrowth. LFW as a platform will continue to present focused opportunities for all of our brands, functioning both digitally and physically and offering flexibility to our designers to present their collections in the way that suits them best.”

LFW is set for the September 16 – September 20.

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