Couture Fashion Week will go ahead, but there will be no front row

Amy de Klerk
·2-min read
Photo credit: Victor VIRGILE - Getty Images
Photo credit: Victor VIRGILE - Getty Images

From Harper's BAZAAR

It has been almost a year since the Covid-19 pandemic started to cause disruptions for the entire world – and the virus continues to play havoc with scheduled events, including fashion shows, which have been pushed back, turned digital and in some instances cancelled altogether over the past 12 months, and this pattern is not dying down just yet.

The latest men's show season and couture schedule is almost upon us with catwalks set to take place this month in Paris.

Following a very muted womenswear show season in September, it looks as if we will be in for a similarly toned-down affair with France still in a strict lockdown. However, the events will be going ahead in some capacity, the organisers have announced.

According to WWD, the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode (the organisation which runs the events) has told brands that shows can go ahead, but they will not be allowed to invite guests.

"The instructions from the Paris police headquarters stipulate that there should be no public attendance, whether it is for fashion shows or any other event," Pascal Morand, executive president of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, told the publication.

Filming will be allowed to take place meaning that the catwalk shows that do go ahead can be live-streamed on social channels, something which a number of fashion houses have done over the past year.

Although there has been no word on how the autumn/winter 2020 womenswear shows will play out, they are set to take place in February and March, and will very likely face a similar set of restrictions.

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