London Fashion Week February 2021 open to all as Yorkshire designers take digital centre stage

Fashionistas are preparing to take their places on the front row as London Fashion Week February 2021 opens this Friday, but this year there will be no need to dress up because everyone is invited, and you can watch from the comfort of your own sofa (dressed in your PJs, if you prefer). Stephanie Smith reports.

The Burberry AW21 pre-collection

Usually reserved for A-Listers and the likes of Anna Wintour, thanks to the pandemic, the FROW will be open to all as the British Fashion Council releases the final schedule for London Fashion Week February 2021, a gender neutral showcase running from Friday, February 19, to Tuesday, February 23, 2021, on londonfashionweek.co.uk.

There will be 94 designers showcasing across menswear and womenswear, including Molly Goddard, Roksanda, Erdem, Simone Rocha, Richard Quinn, Emilia Wickstead, Marques’ Almeida, OSMAN, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Supriya Lele, Victoria Beckham, Ahluwalia, Bethany Williams, Bianca Saunders, Nicholas Daley and Temperley London. RIXO will show its debut bridal collection at on February 23 at 2:30pm.

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Brands with a strong Yorkshire connection are providing highlights for LFW February 21. Menswear designer Edward Crutchley, who grew up in Clapham in the Yorkshire Dales, will present his collection at 1pm on Friday. Last year, Crutchley won the 2019 International Woolmark awards for menswear and innovation (working with Bower Roebuck in New Mills and Dormeuil in Dewsbury for his presentation).

York designer Matty Bovan's SS21 collection presented in a York chapel last September.

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In a break from tradition, Burberry, which manufactures in Keighley and Castleford in West Yorkshire, will be showing its AW21 menswear collection as a stand-alone presentation. This will take place at 1pm on Sunday, February 21.

Emerging Leeds fashion designer Sophie Parnaby, who recently graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University, is one of only six designers selected to be part of the Graduate Fashion Foundation Digital Designer Profile throughout LFW.

The London Fashion Week February 2021 schedule can be found here

RIXO will debut its wedding collection at London Fashion Week February 2021.