Fashion Weeks Are Set for a Radical Makeover, and Not Just Because of COVID-19

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The fashion calendar is built around four major cities: New York, London, Milan, and Paris. As coronavirus has affected every facet of life, the fashion industry has been put on pause. However, with a moment of pause also comes a moment of self-reflection. 

An open letter started by fashion designer Dries van Noten and Lane Crawford CEO Andrew Keith called for global fashion industry reform, including adapting the format of fashion shows and Fashion Weeks.

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New York Fashion Week recently announced that the September shows would be shortened to just three days from Sept. 14 to 16. None of the New York shows are expected to have live audiences, but, rather, they will be static presentations where models will be stationery and attendees can walk in and out. London

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White Milano Plans ‘Phygital’ Format for September Show

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ITA-LOVE: Ever the vocal supporter of Italian fashion, White Milano is embracing a phygital approach for its September show aimed at shining a light especially on Italian fashion businesses.

Planned for Sept. 24 to 27 at a still undisclosed location in Milan’s Tortona district, the fair will combine the White Milano trade show, traditionally held during the women’s fashion week, with the WSM Fashion Reboot event dedicated to sustainability – originally scheduled for June and then postponed due to the pandemic.

The trade show organizer sealed a partnership with Best Showroom, a new network of 50 Italian showrooms to install the “Milano Loves Italy” project aimed at supporting local small-and-medium sized enterprises and brands, in response to the disruptions caused by COVID-19. International brands will also be welcomed.

“By joining forces with different entities, we will be able to express our strength and

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Inside TV’s Fashion Design Competition Series Trend With ‘Project Runway,’ ‘Making the Cut,’ ‘Next in Fashion’

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When “Project Runway” premiered on Bravo in 2004, it entered a crowded reality competition landscape but still managed to be the first of its kind as a fashion design competition. Now, more than a decade and a half later, such fashion series are seeing a surge.

“Project Runway” alone has launched more than six spinoffs, seen franchise expansion in new countries and undergone a major revamp. But streamers Netflix and Amazon Prime Video also recently got in the game with “Next in Fashion” and “Making the Cut,” respectively.

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“Everything in the world has changed,” says former “Project Runway” winner and now mentor Christian Siriano. “But what I think stays the same is that people are still really interested in the process of how fashion comes to life — how it’s created.”

“Project Runway’s” most

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Is this the end of fashion as we know it?

Paris (AFP) – Paris fashion week goes online for the first time in its history Monday, with fashion rocked not just by the coronavirus but by a growing revolt from within the industry.

The virus has brought designers’ long-suppressed frustrations with the system and its unforgiving pace bubbling to the surface.

Many are questioning not just the infernal rhythm and environmental impact of five and six collections a year, but whether fashion weeks or even fashion shows still make sense in a digital world.

“I can no longer cope with an industry built on abuse and consumerism, thriving on environmental destruction and perpetuating racial and gender-based injustice,” declared the rising Brazilian creator Francisco Terra Wednesday, the brains behind the Neith Nyer brand.

Terra — one of a wave of young designers to have broken onto the Paris catwalk in recent years — said that from now on he would only

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