Prada postpones resort 2021 show amidst coronavirus concerns

Prada has postponed its upcoming resort show in Japan as a “precautionary measure” due to the spread of the coronavirus. Officials at the Italian luxury brand, headed up by Miuccia Prada, announced in October that they would unveil the resort 2021 col…

Prada has postponed its upcoming resort show in Japan as a “precautionary measure” due to the spread of the coronavirus.

Officials at the Italian luxury brand, headed up by Miuccia Prada, announced in October that they would unveil the resort 2021 collection on 21 May in Japan.

However, on Monday, representatives for the company announced they were postponing the presentation due to the uncertainties connected to the spread of the coronavirus.

“This decision was made as a precautionary measure as well as an act of responsibility and respect for all the people working on and planning to attend our resort 2021 show,” they told WWD. “Prada extends its sincere sympathies and concern to all the people and territories affected by this situation.”

The spokesperson added that the show will be rescheduled in the country “at a more appropriate moment”.

The coronavirus originated in China and has so far killed more than 1,700 people in the country. Entire cities have been sealed off and traffic to and from the nation has been suspended.

As a result of the outbreak, upcoming fashion weeks in Beijing and Shanghai have been postponed, while representatives for Chanel have decided to postpone plans to restage their Metiers d’Art show in Beijing in May.

“Considering the current situation and following the guidance of Chinese authorities, Chanel has decided to postpone its project of a replica of the Paris – 31 rue Cambon 2019/20 Metiers d’art collection in May in Beijing to a later and more appropriate moment,” a representative said in a statement on Monday. “Chanel is monitoring the situation closely. At the foremost are the health and wellbeing of its teams and clients.”

The French house’s collection was originally presented at the Grand Palais in Paris in December.

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Karen Elson almost lost early modelling gig after turning up hungover

Karen Elson was once nearly fired from a modelling gig for turning up late and hungover. The British supermodel has opened up about a variety of “firsts” in a new video for British Vogue, and during the chat, revealed that she first experienced a hang…

Karen Elson was once nearly fired from a modelling gig for turning up late and hungover.

The British supermodel has opened up about a variety of “firsts” in a new video for British Vogue, and during the chat, revealed that she first experienced a hangover after a wild night out in Tokyo, Japan when she was there on a work trip.

“My first hangover was pretty fabulous, honestly. I was in Tokyo and I was 16 years old, modelling,” she recalled. “I had gone out and we drank sake all night, and absinthe, I think I tried. I had such a terrible hangover (the next day) and my agency almost kicked me out of Tokyo because I showed up an hour late to work. Fun though.”

The 41-year-old also remembered her first-ever modelling job, as a teenager sporting party clothes on British daytime show This Morning, and how the make-up artist drew lips on her that with three times with the size of her natural pout.

She then reminisced about her “I’ve made it” moment, which came when she was 18 years old in 1997 and had scored her first-ever magazine cover with Vogue Italia, in which she sported short red hair and thick semicircles of red paint above her eyes.

“The first ‘I’ve made it’ moment has to be my first Vogue cover, Italian Vogue cover, with Steven Meisel, Pat McGrath doing make-up, where she shaved my eyebrows off, and I cut my hair off and dyed it punk, bright red,” she said. “That was the first moment when I saw that cover where I pinched myself and went, ‘Oh my God, I’m on a cover of Vogue.’ It was just the most magical.”

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Paul Smith flew to be with Japanese staff after 2011 tsunami

Paul Smith jumped on a flight and flew to Japan after the 2011 tsunami and earthquake hit to be with his staff.The quintessential English designer has a massive presence in the Asian country, something he attributes to his “real affection for the cultu…

Paul Smith jumped on a flight and flew to Japan after the 2011 tsunami and earthquake hit to be with his staff.

The quintessential English designer has a massive presence in the Asian country, something he attributes to his “real affection for the culture”.

And when Japan was struck by the devastating natural disaster in March 2011, which claimed the lives of over 15,000 people, Paul didn’t hesitate in getting himself over there.

“It was around the time that some of my staff and I usually fly out there. Our trip was cancelled, but I still wanted to go by myself,” he told Mr Porter. “The plane was empty – just me and a handful of people going home to their families. I had to go, to be there with my staff, to say, ‘I’m with you. I understand.’ It made such a difference to them, and to me.”

Estimating that he has visited Japan at least 100 times, Paul has drawn on the nation for a spring collection for Mr Porter.

Made up of a series of printed short-sleeved shirts and shorts covered in flowers and cranes, the designer drew on styles he saw in old Japanese textile books.

“Even now, I still get excited when I go (to Japan),” the 72-year-old smiled.

And when asked why he’s enjoyed so much success in the nation compared to other designers, he ventured: “I came with a different attitude. I think a lot of the others fell by the wayside because they weren’t curious about the culture here; they didn’t try and immerse themselves in the way of life.”

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