September 17, 2017 by Chris Kilkus
In London, Fashion Takes a Back Seat
LONDON — They may have kept calm and carried on, but life hasn’t been easy this week for London’s designers and brands, which have been showing their spring collections against a backdrop of terror and protest.
Most chief executive officers, designers and journalists interviewed said they didn’t alter their plans in the wake of Friday’s terrorist attack in which a crude, homemade bomb exploded on an Underground train in west London. The event, however, put a damper on the first day of London Fashion Week, and left visitors and city dwellers alike spooked, although they remained resilient.
“You and I take the Tube. We all do. Nothing has changed. You get on with life,” said London retailer Simon Burstein on the sidelines of the Alice Archer presentation.
“It’s sadly an ongoing situation that we’re all sort of living with daily,” said designer Phoebe English, who presented a monochromatic, sombre lineup on puppets. “It’s sadly a quite regular situation in London and a real part of living and working here. It’s a case of carrying on and not being run down by it.”
“It’s really sad and horrible, but that’s the reality of the world now,” reiterated British milliner Stephen Jones.
On Friday morning following the