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Hot on the heels of the Cruise shows, the Met Gala, the Hyères Festival and the CFDA Fashion Awards, all of which were cancelled during the week of 16 March, the fashion industry has decided to postpone or cancel a host of major events that were scheduled to take place in June, in particular the month of men’s fashion and the Parisian Haute Couture Week, two important milestones on the fashion calendar.

Men’s fashion shows

Fashion events that have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19
Hermes men’s Spring/Summer 2020 (Image: Hermes)

Due to the global health crisis, the men’s fashion weeks that were destined to take place in New York, Milan, and Paris this June will not be going ahead. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) announced the postponement of the New York shows without indicating new dates, as did the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode for the shows in Paris, although the French body did mention that it was considering “the possibility of alternative projects.” For its part, the National Chamber of Italian Fashion opted to push forward Milan’s men’s fashion shows from June to September, which is usually the month for women’s ready-to-wear shows. As a result of these decisions, there is no doubt that London’s Men’s Fashion Week will also be cancelled or postponed until a later date.

Haute Couture Week

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Dior Women’s Spring-Summer 2020/2021 Haute Couture fashion show in Paris. (Photo by FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP)

The announcement by the board of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode also indicated that the Paris Haute Couture Week, which was scheduled to run from 5 to 9 July 2020, has also fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic.  For the moment, it is not known if these shows will be held at a later date, but the federation is working on “alternative projects” for the presentation of collections.

Pitti Immagine UomoOne of the world’s leading trade fairs for men’s fashion, Pitti Immagine Uomo, which was scheduled to run 16 to 19 June in Florence, will also be postponed in response to “the growing health crisis in Italy and worldwide.” Following the most recent Pitti Immagine board meeting, it was announced that the trade fair would take place 2 to 4 September, over three days instead of the usual four.

Parisian ready-to-wear trade fairs
Several trade fairs for ready-to-wear, lingerie, swimwear, jewelry, and accessories, will probably not go ahead in June as originally planned. The canceled events will likely include Tranoï (fashion and accessories), Unique (lingerie, swimwear and sportswear), Interfilière (fabrics, lingerie and swimwear), and View and Splash in Paris. It remains to be seen if they will be definitively cancelled or postponed until the fall. 

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