Global fashion weeks on hold
Fashion weeks in Beijing and Shanghai were the first to be postponed. Both were due to take place at the end of March. There was a conspicuous absence of Chinese brands and buyers in Milan and Paris, with an estimated 1,000 store buyers thought to have stayed at home. In Milan Giorgio Armani canceled his live show, opting for a catwalk without an audience.
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In a statement on its website, Rakuten Fashion Week organisers said: “As apprehensions due to the Corona Virus (COVID-19) outbreak rise daily, our primary and utmost concern always being the safety/security of all parties involved. After heavy discussions with related parties, we have come to the painful decision of there being no other choice than to give up RakutenFWT 2020 A/W.
Seoul Fashion Week, due to take place 17-21 March, has also been canceled. The largest fashion event in Korea has been put on hold as brands and show goers were wary to attend.
Thus safety is priority!