The Covid-19-induced fashion event cancellations are starting to rack up in earnest: The Met Gala, CFDA Awards and a host of conferences have all been postponed or moved to digital-only formats where possible. Now, Paris Men's Fashion Week and Couture Week join their ranks.
France's fashion governing body, the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode (FHCM), made the announcement via a press release on Friday. It stated that its board of directors had concluded that, given current conditions, the two fashion weeks — originally scheduled for the weeks of June 23 and July 5, respectively — "cannot take place."
"In light of the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic worldwide, strong decisions are required to ensure the safety and health of Houses, their employees and everyone working in our industry," the FHCM said in a release.
It's not hard to imagine designers opting to livestream shows (like Giorgio Armani did from an empty showroom during Milan Fashion Week in February) or finding other creative digital means of showing off their clothes. But even that requires some level of involvement from teams that might prefer to remain in quarantined isolation at the moment.
Either way, the Federation assured the industry, it is "actively working with its members on possible alternatives."
UPDATE, May 6, 2020: The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode announced on Wednesday that the upcoming Paris Fashion Week Men's, which was canceled in March due to concerns relating to Covid-19, will instead be happening a little bit later, digitally.
Now, instead of debuting their Spring 2021 collections in person in June, menswear brands wanting to present their latest pieces in Paris will showcase their collections online, through videos and editorials, on a dedicated platform from July 9 to July 13, WWD reports.
This announcement comes hours after the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana announced that Milan Fashion Week Men's would be shifting to an all-digital format for the upcoming season.
UPDATE, May 28, 2020: On Thursday, it was announced that Paris's summertime Haute Couture Fashion Week will go the way of the city's men's shows in a time of pandemic — all digital.
The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode plans on creating its own platform where, from July 6 to July 8, it can host content from the accredited houses that would've been presenting Fall 2020 couture collections in Paris this summer, Vogue reports.