The British Fashion Council announced Friday that the London Fashion Week: Men’s, that was scheduled to take place next January, has been cancelled. The show was created to showcase Men’s fashion from menswear designers and was going genderless this year will now be held February 19 to the 23 of next year.
When we launched London Collections: Men in June 2012, which then became London Fashion Week Men’s, we were responding to an industry need and to the necessity to have a platform for our brilliant British menswear designers from emerging talent to Savile Row tailoring, explained BFC Menswear Chair Dylan Jones in a statement. A lot has changed since then, and this year’s pandemic made us all rethink the current system in place. We are confident that this move will help designers reach more people via the digital LFW platform, while still allowing them to do business as early as January without the deadline of a show.
The Menswear designers who would normally show during the January London Fashion Week Men’s showcase will now be encouraged to fold into the February event according to Paper Magazine, which will exist as a digital-first event with heavily scaled-back physical components in compliance with government regulations.
For the second half of 2021, the BFC will still have to make plans to host two separate events open to all genders and seasons on June 11-14 and September 17-21. It remains to be seen if the other men’s showcases in Florence, Milan, and Paris will still go on next month.