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MILAN FASHION WEEK TABLOID

No sharply dressed crowds will attend the extravagan­za’s opening

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Fashionist­as will have to log on to soak up the glamour at Milan Fashion Week, which remains online a year after the coronaviru­s first swept into northern Italy.

No sharply dressed crowds will attend the extravagan­za’s opening on Wednesday: it’s virtual catwalk shows only, with the likes of Armani and Prada presenting new women’s collection­s for autumn and winter 202122. The word “coronaviru­s” was just starting to pop up in conversati­ons among members of the global style elite as they gathered for the February 2020 edition of Milan Fashion Week.

Italy’s first outbreak was taking hold in Codogno, an hour’s drive away. That prompted Armani to announce it would present its collection behind closed doors — a first in fashion history.

Covid-19 would quickly spread across Italy, prompting the first national lockdown in Europe as the crisis swiftly took on global proportion­s.

A year later, the global luxury sector is in dire economic straits, with few reasons to dress up as comfort-wear has become the new uniform for the housebound.

Milan organisers neverthele­ss intend the latest Fashion Week, which runs until March 1, to show that the industry can adapt in the face of crisis. And there is hope that the arrival of vaccines will lead to a fashion bounce-back.

Italy’s National Chamber of Fashion has set up a dedicated online hub for the week’s events, which include 68 shows and 65 collection presentati­ons.

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 ??  ?? A model presents a creation from the Missoni autumn-winter 2021/2022 women’s collection during a livestream­ed show at Milan Fashion Week in Milan, Italy, in this picture released yesterday.
A model presents a creation from the Missoni autumn-winter 2021/2022 women’s collection during a livestream­ed show at Milan Fashion Week in Milan, Italy, in this picture released yesterday.
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Models present creations by Senegalese fashion designer, Pape Mocodou Fall, aka Mokodu from the collective “Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion”.
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Photos by AFP and Reuters

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