Paris Fashion Week has opened its schedule of menswear shows hot off the heels of neighboring fashion city Milan, which brought its own fashion week to a close early this week.
The five-day event featuring new collections by dozens of designers including JW Anderson, Louis Vuitton, Dior and Thom Browne will be entirely virtual, with no physical guests invited to any of the shows or presentations due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
After almost a year of upheaval due to the global heath crisis, fashion houses have become well accustomed to showcasing their latest designs digitally via pre-filmed videos, livestreamed virtual shows and other innovative solutions.
During the women’s ready-to-wear shows last year, Thom Browne presented his latest designs 239,000 miles away from Earth — on the Moon. His show took the form of a tongue-in-cheek digital video which transported viewers to the “Lunar Games” in 2132. And Balmain staged a digital front row, bringing celebrities and VIP guests to his Paris runway show virtually, despite travel restrictions.
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The first day of shows began with digital presentations from Berluti (the brand teased its latest collection by Kris Van Assche that will officially premier in March in Shanghai), Chinese brand Sankuanz, and Taak, a boutique label established by Takuya Morikawa in 2012 after eight years of working with Issey Miyake.
Day two will see London-based label JW Anderson unveil a digital collection following a live show from Angus Chiang. Kidsuper will bring the day to a close.