While London Fashion Week culminated on an otherwise high note, it seems to have left a bitter taste in more than a few people’s mouths. Amongst the various showcases from LFW, one of them has turned erupted into a bitter row after a fashion show featuring satanic designs was held at a historic church.
Showcasing the work of controversial Turkish designer Dilara Findikoglu – whose creations have been worn by celebrities including singer Rihanna, was recently held at the historic St. Andrew Holborn Church.
Leading clerics branded the event ‘blasphemous’ after models dressed as devils and vampires walked down the make-shift runway on the altar, against a backdrop of alleged demonic images.
With Dilara’s collection heavily inspired by her fascination with the occult and magic, models for the designer’s collection wore horns or displayed upside-down crosses as they paraded down the catwalk, as part of London Fashion Week at the Central London Church.
The former Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, said the satanic aspect of the show was ‘not acceptable’ and could lead people ‘to areas where we don’t want them to go,’ according to The Daily Mail. He added, ‘Christians will be outraged. This was not necessary to do. In the sense that Christ’s name is being dishonoured, it is blasphemous.’
Since then, the St. Andrew Holborn Church has issued a statement, saying, ‘We took this booking in good faith and were not aware of the content or design before the show took place.’