As Paris Fashion Week is streamed, critics look to future

PARIS (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has instilled extra unpredictability into the already fickle Paris Fashion Week. After first canceling the July shows for menswear and Haute Couture, the French fashion federation has now organized an unprecedented schedule of digital-only events instead.

Top houses such as Chanel, Dior and Hermes are set to show their new Fall-Winter 2020/2021 couture collections or their Spring-Summer 2021 menswear collections online this week — but with no celebrity guests, no Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and none of the usual frenzied media circus.

No one from the public will be allowed to see the clothes in person at all, in fact, during this on-screen-only version of fashion week that starts Monday. Some shows will be live-streamed, and others may be pre-recorded.

The federation decided this spring that because of social distancing guidelines, Paris Fashion Week — famed for its 25-centimeter (9-inches)-a-bottom seating allowances — would

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Michael Kors Is Leaving New York Fashion Week and Will Not Be Having a Runway Show

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Designer Michael Kors walks the runway during the Michael Kors Collection Spring 2019 Runway Show at Pier 17 on September 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: Designer Michael Kors walks the runway during the Michael Kors Collection Spring 2019 Runway Show at Pier 17 on September 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for Michael Kors)

Michael Kors is the latest designer to opt out of New York Fashion Week for the upcoming season in September. In the past, Michael Kors’s shows have often opened the final day of shows in NYC, but all of that has changed due to COVID-19 and the fashion community wanting a more consumer-focused format for Fashion Week. Now, the designer will be joining the likes of Gucci, and he is rethinking the brand’s Fashion Week structure.

In a statement, the designer stated: “I have for a long time thought that the fashion calendar needs to change. It’s exciting for me to see the open dialogue within the fashion community

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