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Saturday, 15 September, 2001, 15:06 GMT 16:06 UK
Designers pull out of fashion show
New York fashion week
New York's fashion week was cancelled after the attacks
Several top UK designers have pulled out of London Fashion Week following the terror attacks in the United States.

Paul Smith, Katharine Hamnett, Nicole Farhi, Clements Ribeiro and Burberry have all decided not to show their latest ranges at next week's event, the British Fashion Council confirmed.

The designers said they felt it was inappropriate that the show was still taking place.

But the BFC said the majority of designers were keen for the event to go ahead.


We think it is absolutely essential that as soon as we can we try to start to move back to normality for our businesses

John Wilson
British Fashion Council
Paul Smith said it was not appropriate to stage a fashion show "so soon after these tragic events and while there is still so much uncertainty in the aftermath".

Katharine Hamnett told the Independent newspaper it was "completely inappropriate" for the event to go ahead in light of the devastating attacks.

The attack on the World Trade Center happened in the week of New York's own fashion week which was then cancelled.

But BFC's chief executive John Wilson said he thought it was important that things returned to normal as soon as possible after the terror attacks.

"We think it is absolutely essential that as soon as we can we try to start to move back to normality for our businesses.

"That is the overwhelming view of British designers. We are talking about a business situation here."

He said that the New York fashion week had to be cancelled but pointed out that shows in Milan and Pairs were going ahead.

"We are all very respectful of the situation in the States and we will be making a contribution to the American Relief Fund," Mr Wilson said.

He said that all the money for the end of show party, which has been cancelled, would be donated to America.


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