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Coronavirus Forces Men’s Fashion Weeks to Modify Schedules

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In light of the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic worldwide, men’s fashion week organizers are plotting new arrangements for their June and July shows.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) decided to postpone the June 13-15 men’s event in New York. It is said to be working with New York Men’s Day, Liberty Fairs and Project to align on future dates.

Both Liberty Fairs and Project are scheduled to hold their New York shows during the week of July 19-22, though Project’s location, the Jacob K. Javits Center, is currently serving as a field hospital for coronavirus patients. Liberty Fairs has not named its location.

The postponement follows CFDA’s cancellation of NYFW: Resort 2021 schedule of presentations, which will not be rescheduled.

Camera Nazionale della Moda (The National Chamber of Italian Fashion) announced Friday that the men’s shows due to run from June 19-23 will now run alongside Milan Women’s Fashion Week, scheduled for Sept. 22-28. This will be the first time that the events are held together.

The modified calendar now puts several months between Milan Fashion Week Men’s and Pitti Uomo, which remains scheduled for June 16-18 in Florence.

In France, the Board of Directors of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode announced that Paris Fashion Week Menswear, scheduled from June 23-28 will not take place. However, the Federation stated that it “is actively working with its members on possible alternatives.”

The Federation also confirmed that the Haute Couture Week scheduled from July 5-9 is cancelled.

Meanwhile, The British Fashion Council has cancelled the June 13-15 men’s event in London, though it stated that it is looking for ways to digitize the experience.

Digital events are quickly filling up work-from-home calendars. Fashion Snoops has launched a daily webinar series called “Fear into Fuel” to help designers and brands stay in tune with their creative sides.

Following the cancellation of Kingpins Amsterdam, the trade show announced Kingpins24, a two-day digital event to showcase F/W 21-22 fabric collections. And The Denim Window is kicking off an Instagram Live series called “The Denim Window Spritz” with guests from the denim industry.

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