Milan Fashion Week will go ahead early next year with shows likely to continue employing virtual catwalks because of the coronavirus. The Italian Chamber of Fashion announced that the men’s shows will run from 15 to 19 January while women’s Fashion Week will be held from 23 February to 1 March,
The shows “will become more digital or more physical, depending on the evolution of the pandemic”, chamber president Carlo Capasa told the Pambianco Summit, a conference for the fashion industry held online this year.
Fashion is Italy’s second-largest manufacturing industry and has been hard hit by the fallout from the global pandemic. Fashion houses have had to rethink their marketing strategies and boost their digital offerings, and event organisers have been forced to innovate.
Last month, the British Fashion Council cancelled its men’s Fashion Week in London, which had been scheduled for January, because of the pandemic, Brexit and what organisers said was a desire to rethink the event. Instead, they are encouraging men’s designers to take part in the women’s week from 19 to 23 February.
Milan’s last fashion week in September, in which 156 collections were presented between online presentations and physical fashion shows, resulted in some 45 million views, Capasa said.
“This has been an Italian resilience operation,” he said, adding that organisers “hope to be able to return soon to the moments of physical encounters”.
According to a survey by Confindustria Moda, the sector’s main employers’ group, the industry in Italy lost 29 billion euros (US$34 billion) in global revenue in the first nine months of the year.
In the third quarter, those companies surveyed recorded a 27% drop in sales, following decreases of 39% and 36% in the second and first quarters, respectively, said Confindustria Moda President Cirillo Coffen Marcolin.
Source: AFP Relax News