Paris Fashion Week to be completely digital due to coronavirus concerns

Fashion fans may be trading in avant-garde skirts for pajama bottoms while enjoying this month’s Paris Fashion Week, as they can partake in the festivities via livestream, according to the Associated Press.

While fashion houses can “still organize ‘real’ runway shows with models broadcast live,” the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode said in a statement, “that there can be no public gatherings” at the men’s fashion show. Events that do take place must be “behind closed doors.”

Several other international fashion shows chose to adopt digital formats throughout 2020 to combat the spread of COVID-19. Among those switching to livestreams were the British Fashion Council, Italy’s Camera della Moda, and the Swedish Fashion Association.

The all-digital format is a response to concerns about the transmission of the coronavirus throughout France and the world. So far, France has endured two lockdowns, the more recent of which expired last November. According to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker, France has the sixth-most documented cases of COVID-19 of any country in the world, with more than 2.8 million diagnoses and 67,885 deaths attributed to the virus.

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