Amongst the negatives of the COVID pandemic is that we couldn’t be there for our favorite runways. They all took place online, which was also very cool, with the montage and everything, but there is something different to it when people gather to witness first hand their favorite houses presenting their latest creations.
If you are a fan of runways then you will be excited to know that Couture Week in Paris might be in real life. The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, which oversees the fashion industry in France, announced on Tuesday that shows will be able to host in-person guests for the upcoming Couture Week this July.
In an official statement the Fédération said “Depending on the evolution of the sanitary situation, the physical events may welcome guests in accordance with a specific health protocol and conform to measures determined by public authorities.” However, so far only Chanel has confirmed to host a live audience, but other brands are expected to follow its lead.
This season of couture shows is said to include a plethora of highly anticipated events including Sacai designer Chitose Abe’s collection for Jean-Paul Gaultier, which has been postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, Balenciaga will join for the first time since Cristobal Balenciaga closed the atelier in 1968.
Generally, France has started to loosen up the pandemic restrictions. President Emmanuel Macron announced that shops, cinemas, theatres, museums, bars, and restaurants will be permitted to open on May 19th.
It is very pleasant to see that one after the other all things go back to normal, from bars and restaurants to runways. Everybody has their own passion. We are guilty as charged for anticipating runways more than anything.
Words by: Vasiliki Roussou