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How London Fashion Week has honoured the Queen

Several designers paid touching tributes to the late monarch

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Orin Carlin
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Updated: September 20, 2022
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The Queen was one of British fashion design's greatest champions – and therefore, it was no wonder that the tragic announcement of her death was met with an outpouring of touching tributes from many of the industry's key players.

As London Fashion Week gets well underway, some designers have chosen to pay tribute to the late monarch within their collection exhibitions.  

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Richard Quinn SS23

Richard Quinn closed London Fashion Week, with a tribute befitting our longest reigning monarch. The show was of course dedicated to her majesty, who famously attended his show back in 2018 - sitting front row alongside Dame Anna Wintour and the BFC's Caroline Rush. 

Sombre models made their way slowly around the circular runway to the melancholy tune of Song to the Siren. The designer showcased a dazzling display of mourning veils, and black beaded tiaras, with a distinctly Victorian feeling, and one model wore a supersized version of Elizabeth II's trademark hat. 

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Erdem SS23

Occasionwear powerhouse Erdem was one of the labels that directly referenced the Queen in its show, beginning its presentation with a touching epigraph, "Grief is the price we pay for love." The Queen herself said these words following the catastrophic 9/11 attacks and Erdem paid homage further by via the inclusion of poignant accessories.

Amid a selection of stunning, bountiful skirt hems and monochrome embroidery – both of which exuded a distinctly Gothic air – models sported exquisite ultra-sheer black veils and solemn visages to reflect the pervading sorrowful atmosphere.  

READ: How the fashion world has paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

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Nensi Dojaka SS23

Nensi Dojaka was another designer who paid tribute, opting for a subtle accessory inclusion as a mark of respect. For the finale, models each carried a spring of Lily of the valley, known to be one of the Queen's favourite flowers – and it played an important part back in 1953 when it was included in her coronation bouquet.

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JW Anderson SS23

JW Anderson took a more overt approach, opting for a silky black oversized T-shirt emblazoned with the words "HER MAJESTY The Queen 1926-2022 Thank you", whereas S.S. Daley alluded to a vigil.

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S.S. Daley SS23

At Saturday's show, models carried lit white candles and sported sharp double-breasted jackets alongside crisp wide-collar shirts with a Puritan-like edge, which, in turn, succeeded in reflecting the mood of the country.

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Paul & Joe SS23

At Paul & Joe, models sported vibrant printed headscarves, tied in the fashion of the late Queen who often wore this style during country pursuits.

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Sohuman SS23

Whereas Sohuman honoured the monarch by donning Gothic, slightly startling, eye makeup and staging a spectacle which drew attention to a picture of Her Majesty. Models held up their hands which featured their hands painted with a crown and 'RIP.'

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Halpern SS23

Halpern's ode to the Queen consisted of a model who wore an iridescent, voluminous silhouette and donned her majesty's signature headscarf style.

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