Versace and Giorgio Armani cancel cruise shows over coronavirus fears

Versace and Giorgio Armani have cancelled their upcoming cruise shows amid growing concerns over the coronavirus.The Italian fashion houses have become the latest additions to a growing list of luxury brands that have decided to scrap their 2021 shows …

Versace and Giorgio Armani have cancelled their upcoming cruise shows amid growing concerns over the coronavirus.

The Italian fashion houses have become the latest additions to a growing list of luxury brands that have decided to scrap their 2021 shows as the epidemic spreads around the globe.

In a statement, officials from Versace, headed by creative director Donatella Versace, announced that they would be postponing their show, which was scheduled for 16 May at an unknown location in the U.S.

The decision follows “restrictive measures relating to international mobility”, a spokesperson for the Milan-based fashion house stated, and added that “Versace is aware of the need to give priority to the health and safety of its guests and employees”.

Three states in the U.S. have declared a state of emergency in response to the growing epidemic, with more than 230 coronavirus cases and 14 deaths reported from across the country.

Armani has also made the decision to postpone its 2021 cruise show in Dubai in April. It was due to coincide with the reopening of its boutique in the Dubai Mall, according to editors at Footwear News.

The Armani store opening will now be held in November, but the cruise show has not yet been rescheduled.

The decision comes hot on the heels of the designer staging his Milan Fashion Week fall/winter 2020 presentation behind closed doors over coronavirus fears.

Ralph Lauren, Gucci and Prada have also sent the fashion calendar into disarray by cancelling their upcoming shows in light of the widespread epidemic, which has infected more than 100,000 people and killed over 3,400 across the globe.

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Philipp Plein defends use of helicopters during Kobe Bryant fashion show tribute

Philipp Plein has defended the use of helicopters on the runway during his tribute to the late Kobe Bryant.The designer presented his fall/winter 2020 collection as part of Milan Fashion Week on Saturday and also used the occasion to debut a capsule li…

Philipp Plein has defended the use of helicopters on the runway during his tribute to the late Kobe Bryant.

The designer presented his fall/winter 2020 collection as part of Milan Fashion Week on Saturday and also used the occasion to debut a capsule line that was created in honour of the basketball icon and his daughter, Gianna.

Kobe and the 13-year-old, nicknamed Gigi, were killed, along with seven others, when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed in Los Angeles on 26 January.

Plein enlisted the likes of Olivia Culpo and Jada Pinkett-Smith to showcase his tribute to the sportsman during the spectacle, with the stars wearing sparkly purple and gold tops which featured Kobe’s jersey number from when he played for the Los Angeles Lakers.

However, it was the gilded Philipp Plein-branded helicopters, planes, and yachts included in the extravagant set that irked fans, who took to social media to criticise the thoughtlessness.

In light of the backlash, Plein issued a statement on Monday defending his show and explained that the backdrop was designed back in November, two months before the basketballer’s tragic death.

“I would have clearly removed them if possible, but it was too late to replace them,” he commented, noting that the profits from the capsule collection would be donated to the organisation set up in honour of Kobe and his daughter, the Mamba & Mambacita Sport Foundation. “This tragedy affected myself and all the world deeply, and I feel that my fashion show has been the best moment to express my respect and admiration or Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and his family. It is sad to see how something positive and constructive can be misinterpreted by people who obviously want to interpret negatively without even having a reason.”

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Donatella Versace has no plans to retire

Donatella Versace has no desire to slow down anytime soon.The Italian designer succeeded her sibling Gianni Versace as chief creative director at the fashion brand following his tragic murder at the age of 50 in 1997. Donatella remains highly involved …

Donatella Versace has no desire to slow down anytime soon.

The Italian designer succeeded her sibling Gianni Versace as chief creative director at the fashion brand following his tragic murder at the age of 50 in 1997.

Donatella remains highly involved in all aspects of the business, and in a new interview with Elle magazine, she explained that she remains devoted to building the company.

“I cannot live forever, I’m not gonna be here forever, and things change in fashion. I’m the first one open to changes,” the 64-year-old told the March 2020 issue of the publication, before joking: “Nobody wants me to step aside, and that’s terrible!”

In December 2018, Versace was acquired by Capri Holdings Limited, the parent company of Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo, and while the sale was a big decision for Donatella and her family, the fashion star couldn’t be happier with the way the business is now expanding.

“I was very careful about deciding something like this, which could change my life completely,” she commented. “I think the company needs to move ahead. I’m very happy about my choice, because Versace can grow faster.”

Donatella presented her fall/winter 2020 collection as part of Milan Fashion Week last Friday. Merging sexy separates with sportswear elements, the range included an athletic-inspired red minidress, sheer shirts with glittery animal prints, and sharp suiting with beaded lapels.

Kaia Gerber walked the runway in a tiger print faux fur coat and matching dress, Gigi Hadid rocked a black dress with exaggerated shoulders and the fashion house’s signature slashes, and Kendall Jenner closed the spectacle in a show-stopping metal mesh minidress featuring crystals on the neckline.

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Raf Simons named as co-creative director of Prada

Raf Simons is to join Miuccia Prada as the new co-creative director of Prada.The surprise news was announced during a press conference held on the last day of Milan Fashion Week, with Miuccia explaining to reporters that she had been in discussions wit…

Raf Simons is to join Miuccia Prada as the new co-creative director of Prada.

The surprise news was announced during a press conference held on the last day of Milan Fashion Week, with Miuccia explaining to reporters that she had been in discussions with the Belgian designer for more than a year.

The duo will share “equal responsibilities for creative input and decision-making” at the Italian luxury label, with Raf to officially begin work on 2 April. They will unveil their joint spring/summer 2021 collection in September.

“I am so thrilled and looking forward to September,” the 70-year-old shared. “We like each other, we respect each other, and we will see if we go somewhere.”

Miuccia also denied that the decision to hire the fashion star was made as preparation for her eventual retirement.

It was rumoured earlier this year that Raf, who previously served as creative director for the likes of Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, and Jil Sander, would be leading the Prada-owned label Miu Miu.

And with regards to the length of his contract, Miuccia told WWD: “In theory, it’s forever.”

During the press conference, Raf also explained that he had wanted to team up with the iconic designer to create a strong business that focuses on creativity.

“The fashion industry is moving more and more toward an industry that might end up excluding creatives,” the 52-year-old explained. “We think we should not forget in this business about creativity.”

Meanwhile, a statement released to accompany the news insisted that Prada’s values were “perfectly in tune” with Miuccia and Raf, who have a history of “reinvention, provocation, brave exploration and the power of ideas”.

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Giorgio Armani holds runway show in empty theatre amidst coronavirus fears

Giorgio Armani cancelled his runway show at Milan Fashion Week on Sunday due to fears over the spread of coronavirus.A representative for the Italian fashion house released a statement earlier in the day announcing that the fall/winter collection 2020 …

Giorgio Armani cancelled his runway show at Milan Fashion Week on Sunday due to fears over the spread of coronavirus.

A representative for the Italian fashion house released a statement earlier in the day announcing that the fall/winter collection 2020 would not take place in front of an audience, with models set to walk down the runway in an empty Armani showroom instead.

The show was streamed live on the luxury label’s website and social media channels, and designer Giorgio Armani, 85, was spotted arriving at the venue wearing a face mask.

“The decision was taken to safeguard the wellbeing of all his invited guests by not having them attend crowded spaces,” they commented.

Officials in Milan have reported 54 confirmed cases of coronavirus, and 11 towns in northern Italy have been placed into quarantine, following the deaths of three people.

The rest of the runway shows scheduled on Sunday went ahead as planned, and executives at the Italian National Fashion Chamber said there were no indications from health chiefs that cancellations were necessary.

Armani’s decision comes after fellow Italian fashion house Prada postponed its resort 2021 show in Japan amidst coronavirus concerns, while Chanel has also canned its repeat Metiers d’Art show in Beijing, China, as the virus continues to spread around the world.

Experts have warned that the outbreak is nearing a “tipping point” and could become an uncontrollable pandemic, as the disease has infected more than 79,000 people and killed around 2,600.

Italy and Iran have introduced stringent travel restrictions in an effort to contain the virus, and South Korea has been placed on red alert.

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Prada dishes up ‘uniforms of beauty’ for fall 20 line

Prada has offered up “uniforms of beauty” for its fall/winter 2020 womenswear collection.Creative director Miuccia Prada unveiled her latest line at the Fondazione Prada complex as part of Milan Fashion Week on Thursday, with the presentation attractin…

Prada has offered up “uniforms of beauty” for its fall/winter 2020 womenswear collection.

Creative director Miuccia Prada unveiled her latest line at the Fondazione Prada complex as part of Milan Fashion Week on Thursday, with the presentation attracting the likes of Gemma Arterton and Blackpink’s Lisa.

Regarding the inspiration for the range, a Prada spokesperson explained that the garments were designed to explore the way in which “delicacy can define strength”.

“Tools of glamour, uniforms of beauty. For #PradaFW20, a consideration of the strength of women, with an emphasis on an inherent authority found in that which is intrinsically feminine,” they commented.

To open, a model walked the runway in a grey blazer with wide lapels that was matched with a black fringed skirt and wide black leather belt.

Miuccia opted for a muted colour palette of grey, black, and beige fabrics throughout the 60-look line, which also included knitted separates, tailored suits worn with collared shirts and ties, as well as faux fur jackets.

Partway through the show, the designer once again subverted convention by pairing ladylike shirts or sheer dresses with ruffled necklines with more traditional menswear garments such as boxy jackets. Models such as Kaia Gerber and Gigi Hadid also carried the new handbag silhouette for the season – a square-shaped leather tote with briefcase vibe.

A little sparkle was apparent in pastel lemon and purple beaded dresses that were accessorised with grey tights and puffy headbands, while other highlights included long coats covered in layers of fringed fabric and black satin two-piece outfits printed with an abstract white floral motif.

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Edie Campbell still can’t believe she was deemed ‘too fat’ for fashion show

Edie Campbell was “absolutely fuming” when she was told she was “too fat” to open a show at Milan Fashion Week earlier this year. The British model, who is a U.S. size two (U.K. size six), revealed on Instagram in February that she had been set to ope…

Edie Campbell was “absolutely fuming” when she was told she was “too fat” to open a show at Milan Fashion Week earlier this year.

The British model, who is a U.S. size two (U.K. size six), revealed on Instagram in February that she had been set to open for a label, but they decided she was “too fat” to open their show.

Opening up about the incident with Britain’s The Guardian, the 29-year-old, who walked for brands such as Fendi and Alberta Ferretti during that Milan Fashion Week, said she was “incensed” her agent only heard the news through word-of-mouth gossip.

“I was absolutely fuming to be told by a brand that I was ‘too fat’ to open this year’s Milan Fashion Week. A chain of Chinese whispers got back to my agent, who had to call and tell me that, ‘It had been a little bit difficult in the fitting’ and ‘You’re a little bit bigger than you were last year.’ I was incensed that I had to find out that way,” she recalled.

At the time, Campbell revealed the news by sharing a picture of her and her friend, artist Christabel MacGreevy, eating pastries for breakfast in a hotel room.

“When a brand says you are ‘too big’ to open their show so you get round @christabitch to have a slap up brekkie,” the model wrote. “By ‘too big’ I don’t mean ‘too famous’ I mean Too Fat.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the catwalk star admitted modelling had its challenges.

“Modelling is hard and strange in slippery ways. Being put in front of a camera and told to be sexy can be cringe-worthy – until you’ve worked it out,” she explained. “Quite often you’re standing in front of the camera and someone will say, ‘Can you dance?’ and you’re the only person in the room dancing. It’s mortifying.”

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Dolce & Gabbana heads on jungle safari for spring 2020

Dolce & Gabbana has served up safari chic for its spring/summer 2020 collection.Founders Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have largely steered clear of the spotlight since they were forced to cancel their runway show in Shanghai, China last November …

Dolce & Gabbana has served up safari chic for its spring/summer 2020 collection.

Founders Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have largely steered clear of the spotlight since they were forced to cancel their runway show in Shanghai, China last November after critics accused them of ridiculing Chinese culture in an Instagram campaign.

However, the Italian fashion designers staged a quiet comeback at the Metropol theatre as part of Milan Fashion Week on Sunday night, with their presentation drawing in the likes of Sofia Vergara, Monica Bellucci, Kitty Spencer, and Toni Garrn.

With the backdrop decorated with floral foliage, ferns, and a leopard print runway, the pair made no secret of the theme, with Gabbana commenting to Vogue.com, “(It’s the) Sicilian jungle…We enjoy making something glamorous, and we love the sense of happiness, summertime. It’s our philosophy.”

The spectacle opened with a parade of models sporting khaki safari jackets and cargo pants, with the looks paired with green accessories, gold jewellery, headscarves, and leopard print separates.

A number of garments containing animal imagery followed. One dress had a large giraffe motif across the front, while another depicted a cockatoo perched on a branch.

Referencing their Sicilian roots, Dolce and Gabbana interspersed the collection with figure-hugging black cocktail dresses and flowing numbers with deep-V necklines and lush jungle prints, and also dropped in a few miniskirts, bikini tops, and crochet dresses.

Highlights of the range included a translucent overcoat printed with delicate jungle foliage and tropical animals, a giraffe print dress, and a two-piece ensemble dotted with pineapple motifs which was paired with a dark green feathered overcoat.

To conclude, Dolce and Gabbana unveiled a line of evening dresses, mostly featuring prints of parrots, bird of paradise flowers, and dark green plants.

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Gucci model stages protest during runway show

Model Ayesha Tan-Jones staged a “peaceful protest” against Gucci’s use of straitjackets during its Milan Fashion Week show on Sunday.The Italian fashion house’s spring/summer 2020 show opened with a series of models being propelled along a conveyor bel…

Model Ayesha Tan-Jones staged a “peaceful protest” against Gucci’s use of straitjackets during its Milan Fashion Week show on Sunday.

The Italian fashion house’s spring/summer 2020 show opened with a series of models being propelled along a conveyor belt catwalk while wearing a high fashion take on straitjackets, with creative director Alessandro Michele explaining that the designs made a statement about “the most extreme version of a uniform dictated by society and those who control it”.

However, Tan-Jones made it clear that they disapproved of the straitjackets, which were used for limiting the movements of patients in mental health facilities, by writing “Mental Health Is Not Fashion” on their hands and holding them up for the audience to see as they paraded down the runway. A press officer for the company confirmed the protest was not planned, according to editors at the Guardian.

Tan-Jones later shared a post on Instagram in which they stated that straitjackets symbolised “a cruel time in medicine when mental illness was not understood”, and called Gucci’s use of the imagery “hurtful and insensitive”, “in bad taste”, and “vulgar, unimaginative and offensive”.

In a new post on Monday, the non-binary musician and activist thanked fans for supporting their “peaceful protest” and revealed they and other models would be donating a portion of their fee to mental health charities.

In the show notes for their fashion show, Gucci bosses stated that the straitjackets would not be sold in stores, and were solely used to make a statement.

Gucci is no stranger to backlash. The brand sparked debate last year when it released a balaclava turtleneck that covered half the face and featured large red lips on a cut-out around the mouth. It was called out for evoking blackface iconography, with bosses quickly issuing an apology and removing the item from stores.

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Fendi serves up camping chic for spring 2020 collection

Fendi has unveiled a camping-inspired line for its spring/summer 2020 collection.On Thursday, Silvia Venturini Fendi unveiled her debut ready-to-wear line for the Italian label as part of Milan Fashion Week, with the designer having expanded her duties…

Fendi has unveiled a camping-inspired line for its spring/summer 2020 collection.

On Thursday, Silvia Venturini Fendi unveiled her debut ready-to-wear line for the Italian label as part of Milan Fashion Week, with the designer having expanded her duties at her family’s company following the death of womenswear creative director Karl Lagerfeld in February.

Katie Holmes, Diplo, and Sabrina Carpenter were among the celebrities perched on the front row, with a huge sunset motif installed as the backdrop to the runway.

“Impossible blooms and ethereal textures intertwine to trick the eye – shifting in weightless moments of Fendi craftsmanship, invoking the hidden decadence of the everyday,” a Fendi representative said of the inspiration for the collection. “Emerging from a waking dream, the Fendi woman delights in undone expressions of new Borghese energy.”

Silvia evidently wanted to symbolise a step into the future for Fendi, and the presentation opened with a model walking the catwalk in a white quilted jacket and miniskirt. The looked was matched with shimmery socks and pink loafers.

Influenced by camping adventures and the outdoors, a line of playful separates followed, with key pieces including printed shirts with leaf designs, shorts, and bucket hats.

References to late 1960s fashion were apparent too, with Silvia opting for a palette of dark yellow, ochre, and brown, along with touches of bright green and white.

Highlights included the cargo-style jumpsuit and trench coat modelled by Bella Hadid, and a coat with gauzy panels woven through the centre which was worn by the newly-blonde Kendall Jenner.

To close out the spectacle, Silvia unveiled a line-up of ensembles made with pastel or metallic fabrics, and concluded by having a model show off a long dress with wide sleeves that featured a very retro floral print in pink, green, and blue shades.

Milan Fashion Week continues on Friday with shows from Marni and Versace.

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