London Fashion Week to Go Fully Virtual with No Live Audiences

London Fashion Week will go ahead in February, but will be fully virtual and have no live audiences.

After consultations with U.K. government ministers, the British Fashion Council announced that the biannual event will be happening from 19 to 23 February, but all shows and presentations will have to be pre-recorded or livestreamed to adhere to Covid-19 guidelines.

Filming and photography can still take place, however “all permitted activity that involves interaction with individuals outside of immediate households is under constant review”, the organisation added in a statement.

Caroline Rush, chief executive officer of the BFC, urged the government to offer more support to the fashion industry amid the global health crisis, and asked for designers and models to be given quarantine travel exemptions.

“The BFC continues to ask Government to engage in support of the fashion industry,” she stated. “One of the main active requests is to allow key creative and model talent to travel to and from the U.K. with a phased introduction of quarantine exemptions for the fashion industry, in order to carry out essential business, to protect the competitiveness of the British fashion industry.”

Rush is hopeful that the digital-only event will drum up support for the sector, and wants more to be done to help those in the industry, including freelance and independent creatives.

“Our industry is one of amazing creativity and this is more true in the U.K. than any other country. The majority of businesses and individuals we work with are independent businesses and creatives who contribute significantly to the cultural and creative reputation of our country,” she added.


Anya Taylor-Joy got to keep her outfits from ‘The Queen’s Gambit’

Anya Taylor-Joy was overjoyed when she got to keep all of her favourite costumes from The Queen’s Gambit.

The 24-year-old actress plays chess genius Beth Harmon in the Netflix show, set in the 1960s, and her chic wardrobe, designed by Gabriele Binder, has been a huge hit with fans.

During a recent interview on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Anya revealed that she was stunned when the costume designer told her she could take home all of the outfits from her character’s stylish closet.

“Because Gabriele and I worked so closely during the show, she just said ‘Honestly, babe, they’re yours. We found them together and you, Beth, the line is very blurry, so you should just take them home,'” the Emma star explained.

“And I was just overwhelmed by that kindness because I really wanted to keep a bit of Beth with me.”


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However, because of the show’s huge success, becoming one of the most-streamed shows in Netflix history, the outfits are now in a museum, ready to be put on display for fashion-loving fans.

“So, I do not know when I will get my clothes back,” Anya joked.

She also confessed that even when she gets her outfits back, they will stay in her apartment and will never be worn outside again, as she fears people will think she’s crazy.

“These beautiful costumes will parade around in my room for my own enjoyment,” the actress quipped.


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