Backstage at Alexander McQueen RTW Spring 2016


Alexander McQueen will return to the London catwalk in February, but for one season only, according to a provisional catwalk schedule released by the British Fashion Council on Thursday.

The British label, a division of Kering and a fixture on the Paris catwalk, will show on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. Early in his career, McQueen’s shows were the season’s biggest draws for the London fashion scene, until the late designer departed for Paris. But the upcoming move to London isn’t a full homecoming for the label, as it’s only temporary. The company declined to provide further details.

It is understood the company is launching a special product in London around the time of the show.

Mulberry is also back on the schedule, with new creative director Johnny Coca showing his first collection for the brand. The show is set to take place at 4 p.m. on Feb. 21.

Footwear designer Charlotte Olympia, who usually presents her collections in Paris, will also be making her catwalk debut on the first day of the event, which runs from Feb. 19 to 23.

New names have been added to the calendar, including Alice Archer and Steven Tai while Marta Jakubowski will be hosting her first presentation, as part of Topshop’s NewGen program, which is also supporting Claire Barrow, Ashley Williams, Faustine Steinmetz and Danielle Romeril.

Christopher Raeburn, meanwhile, will stage a presentation with Woolmark instead of a runway show and that date has yet to be confirmed.

Pringle of Scotland is also in the process of nailing down a time and date for its runway show. Issa will not be showing this season.

As reported, Thomas Tait will eschew the runway in favor of one-on-one presentations in Paris in March, while Jonathan Saunders is in the process of winding down his business.

Hunter will also be exiting the schedule, as part of a wider brand strategy that involves a direct-to-consumer approach. The label plans to swap catwalk presentations with events at music festivals and the label’s own stores.

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