Prada donates intensive care units to Italian hospitals

Prada has donated two intensive care and resuscitation units to hospitals in Italy amid the coronavirus pandemic.The country is in lockdown after becoming one of the worst affected areas outside of China, where the outbreak began in December, with more…

Prada has donated two intensive care and resuscitation units to hospitals in Italy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The country is in lockdown after becoming one of the worst affected areas outside of China, where the outbreak began in December, with more than 27,980 people infected and 2,158 deaths.

A joint statement released on Monday by Prada chairman Carlo Mazzi and chief executive officers Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli revealed that they have donated two complete intensive care and resuscitation units each to three hospitals in Milan – the Vittore Buzzi, Sacco and San Raffaele.

According to Footwear News, the Italian fashion house confirmed that the six donations were private and had been made personally.

More than 60 million people have been on lockdown since the Covid-19 outbreak began to devastate the country, which reported a jump of 950 cases in just 24 hours on Sunday.

The news from Prada comes shortly after it was revealed Donatella Versace and her daughter Allegra Versace Beck had donated $224,000 (£182,000) to a hospital in Milan to support the city’s strained health service.

Italian influencer Chiara Ferragni has also raised over $3.4 million (£1.8 million) to help deal with the epidemic via a GoFundMe campaign.

Elsewhere, employees at perfume factories owned by Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) are to begin manufacturing hand sanitiser for hospitals in France, which is now on lockdown after stringent measures were imposed on Monday by President Emmanuel Macron.

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Dior postpones cruise show due to coronavirus outbreak

Dior has postponed its upcoming cruise show due to the escalating coronavirus outbreak. The French house, headed up by Maria Grazia Chiuri, had been planning to stage its cruise show on 9 May in Lecce, Italy.However, leaders at the company have now de…

Dior has postponed its upcoming cruise show due to the escalating coronavirus outbreak.

The French house, headed up by Maria Grazia Chiuri, had been planning to stage its cruise show on 9 May in Lecce, Italy.

However, leaders at the company have now decided to delay the event indefinitely, with a new date to be announced in due course, depending on how the crisis evolves.

“As a preventive measure, in accordance with instructions from public authorities, and to reinforce the coordination of international directives, the House of Dior has decided to postpone its cruise show in order to ensure the safety of all its employees, collaborators and guests… Our thoughts are with everyone who is affected by this pandemic, all over the world,” Dior representatives said in a statement provided to WWD.

At present, Italy is the hardest hit nation outside of China, where Covid-19 originated in December.

As a result of the increasing cases, totalling more than 24,700, the country has been placed on lockdown, with all non-essential shops, bars, and restaurants closed and all major sporting and cultural events cancelled.

Dior follows in the footsteps of Gucci, which has postponed its cruise show in San Francisco, California on 18 May, Prada, which has indefinitely pushed back its presentation in Tokyo, Japan on 21 May, Versace, which has shelved its runway show on 16 May at an unknown American location, and Giorgio Armani, which has postponed its cruise show in Dubai in April.

Ralph Lauren has also decided to not go ahead with its fall 2020 show, which was scheduled for April in New York, while fashion weeks in Tokyo, Shanghai, and Beijing have been scrapped.

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Anna Wintour excited by Raf Simons’ Prada partnership

Anna Wintour is looking forward to seeing Raf Simons’ first collaboration with Prada later in the year.Last month, the Belgian fashion designer announced he would be joining Miuccia Prada as the new co-creative director of the Italian luxury house, wit…

Anna Wintour is looking forward to seeing Raf Simons’ first collaboration with Prada later in the year.

Last month, the Belgian fashion designer announced he would be joining Miuccia Prada as the new co-creative director of the Italian luxury house, with Simons to officially begin work in April.

Reflecting on the move in a clip for her Go Ask Anna video series, Wintour gushed over the “brilliant” concept.

“I think the collaboration between Raf and Miuccia is brilliant and really is going to help redefine what fashion can mean, and fashion can be. It’s following an uncharted territory,” she commented. “It’s challenging all the corporate sensibilities of, either you have to find a designer who follows respectfully in a designer who has gone before, or alternatively, one that’s going to come in and throw everything out. This is the idea of community and conversation and respect for each other and respect for the amazing work that they have both done. And I think we should all be humbled by their decision as well as being unbelievably excited to be in Milan in September.”

Simons previously served as creative director for the likes of Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, and Jil Sander.

Elsewhere in the clip, Wintour was asked about the topics that keep her “up at night”, and accordingly, the U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief noted that she is often preoccupied by changes occurring in the social and political spheres.

“Obviously this is a moment of great transformation and challenges for the fashion industry and indeed the world at large,” the 70-year-old added. “So, in that respect there are opportunities, a moment for creativity and resetting and thinking about how we all go about our jobs in a completely different way. And I also think it’s our responsibility at Conde Nast and specifically at Vogue, to think how we can support each other, how we can support all the young talent that we work so closely with.”

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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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Gucci cancels cruise show due to coronavirus fears

Gucci bosses have cancelled the fashion house’s cruise 2021 fashion show in California due to coronavirus fears.A spokesman confirmed the event in San Francisco, scheduled for 18 May, has been postponed in light of “the ongoing uncertainty prompted by …

Gucci bosses have cancelled the fashion house’s cruise 2021 fashion show in California due to coronavirus fears.

A spokesman confirmed the event in San Francisco, scheduled for 18 May, has been postponed in light of “the ongoing uncertainty prompted by the coronavirus outbreak”.

“A decision on the new timing and location of the show will be announced at a later date, once the situation becomes clearer,” a statement reads. “At this time, our thoughts are with all of those affected around the world.”

The virus, named COVID-19, has infected more than 90,000 people across 76 countries, with the global death toll at more than 3,100.

More than 100 cases have been confirmed in the U.S., and six people in the Seattle area of Washington state have died after contracting coronavirus.

Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele reportedly chose San Francisco to host the cruise show due to its history as a centre of liberal activism, according to WWD.

The decision by the Italian fashion house follows Prada’s move to postpone its cruise show, scheduled for 21 May in Tokyo, Japan, and a week after Giorgio Armani scrapped his Milan Fashion Week event in Italy over coronavirus fears.

The 85-year-old designer showed his fall/winter 2020 collection behind closed doors on the last day of fashion week, and the future of his cruise 2021 showcase in Dubai next month is unknown.

Chanel is expected to be staging its cruise show in Capri, Italy, in May, and days later, Dior is heading to Lecce, in the Italian region of Puglia, for their highly-anticipated show.

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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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Mia Goth defends controversial Miu Miu advert

Mia Goth has defended the controversial Miu Miu campaign she appeared in back in 2015.Officials at the U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority banned the image from the Italian label’s fashion campaign after receiving a complaint following its publicati…

Mia Goth has defended the controversial Miu Miu campaign she appeared in back in 2015.

Officials at the U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority banned the image from the Italian label’s fashion campaign after receiving a complaint following its publication in Vogue magazine.

They declared the picture, which showed the Suspiria actress reclining on a crumpled bed fully-clothed, appeared to sexualise a child. They called the advert “irresponsible” and stated it was “likely to cause serious offence” because Goth’s pose was “sexually suggestive” and youthful appearance made her look under 16 years old, even though she was 22.

Speaking about the controversy with London’s ES magazine, Goth, now 26, admitted she was surprised by the reaction because she didn’t think the advert had a sexual tone at all.

“I was very taken aback by it, because I didn’t feel I was being exploited,” she said. “I didn’t feel it came across in any way sexual at all. I was literally just sat in a room. It says more about the people who had an issue with it than the actual campaign, because in my eyes it was a beautiful piece of art.”

At the time, representatives for Prada, which owns Miu Miu, issued a statement in which they rejected the accusation that the image, taken by Steven Meisel, had a sexual tone, while a spokesperson for British Vogue also defended it.

Goth began her modelling career when she was spotted by fashion photographer Gemma Booth at the Underage Festival when she was 14 and subsequently signed to Storm Model Management. She always wanted to act and eventually made her movie debut with Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac in 2013.

Describing modelling as her “stepping stone” to acting, the British actress added, “I’m grateful for what it gave me, which was an introduction to feeling comfortable in front of a camera… And it was good pocket money.”

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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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