A series of cancellations of international menswear fashion events have been recently announced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The British Fashion Council, organizer of London Fashion Week Men's scheduled 13-15 June, states that "physical shows will not take place in June, but we will be launching a digital proposal." Further details on the new format will be unveiled by next week.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America, in alignment with New York Men’s Day, Liberty Fairs trade show and Project, decided to postpone the June men’s shows and are working to align future dates.
Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana decided to cancel Milano Moda Uomo (Milan Men’s Fashion) shows and presentations previously scheduled for June 19-23, 2020. The event will now take place concurrently with Milano Moda Donna (Milan Women’s Fashion) in September 2020.
Despite the cancellation, the organization is working on new digital formats like, for instance, B2B and B2C platforms scheduled to be active on the days originally scheduled for the Milan Men’s Fashion Week.
Also the Board of Directors of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode has decided that the Paris Fashion Week Menswear, scheduled for June 23-28, 2020, and the Haute Couture Week scheduled for July 5-9, 2020, will not take place.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic the Shanghai, Bejing, Seoul, Tokyo, Melbourne, Monte Carlo and Moscow Fashion Weeks have also been cancelled.
Despite belonging to a different sector, also Milan Design Week 2020 supposed to take place in April had been postponed to June, but just recently cancelled and is expected to happen again in 2021 instead.
Other international fashion trade shows scheduled for June are still considering if they will happen. Among them is Pitti Uomo, set to take place July 16-19, 2020. Pitti Immagine’s CEO, Raffaello Napoleone commented: “In recent weeks we have remained firm on our decision to confirm the original dates of the Pitti fashion shows in June, as a sign of determination and willingness to maintain secure reference points for the market. At the same time, we remained in constant contact with our exhibitors to assure them that Pitti Immagine would follow day by day the evolution of the health emergency, with the related measures of travel restrictions as well as production and those related to commercial activities ordered by the Italian government and, gradually, by many other countries around the world. Despite the specifics of the trade fairs compared to fashion weeks, these announcements are of undoubted importance. We are now taking a very short time to reflect on the new situation, collect all the necessary information and make the appropriate decisions.”
Massimiliano Bizzi, the founder of White, said: “Our White Donna edition scheduled for September 24-27, will certainly take place. We are preparing ourselves for a great edition that will be as much attractive and strong as possible. Certainly all men’s focused events scheduled for June are running the risk not to happen.”