MILAN — Giorgio Armani has decided to postpone to November the event scheduled for April 19 and 20 in Dubai due to the coronavirus outbreak, “as a precautionary measure in order to protect all the industry stakeholders, employees and guests who would be involved in the trip,” the company said Thursday morning.
The designer had scheduled the event in Dubai to show his cruise 2021 collection, coinciding with the reopening of the Giorgio Armani boutique at the Dubai Mall and marking the first decade of the Armani Hotel in the city. The event is now set to be held on the occasion of the Expo 2020, scheduled in Dubai from Oct. 20 to April 10, 2021. Due to the timing, it would be too late for a cruise show, but Armani plans to hold a runway show, in which details will be finalized at a later moment.
As reported, as Milan was impacted by the coronavirus at the tail end of Milan Fashion Week, Armani showed his fall 2020 collection behind closed doors.
Separately on Thursday, Versace said “after careful consideration and the restrictions [that] are being placed on travel for many at this time,” it would postpone its coed cruise show, slated to be held on May 16 in a still undisclosed location in the U.S. The company said it was “conscious of the need to prioritize the health and safety of its guests and employees and will inform all parties involved on new plans as soon as possible.”
The fashion calendar is being reshuffled as brands and organizations react to the health emergency. On Monday, Gucci said it was canceling plans to host its cruise 2021 fashion show in San Francisco on May 18, without announcing a new timing and location.
The decision follows Prada’s move to postpone its cruise show, which had been scheduled for May 21 in Tokyo. Several trade shows, from Mido and the Salone del Mobile in Milan to Cosmoprof in Bologna, Watches & Wonders in Geneva and Baselworld, have also been postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.
Other events are still on the calendar for the time being. Chanel is expected to be heading to the island of Capri on May 7 and Dior on May 9 to Lecce, located in the region of Puglia where Maria Grazia Chiuri is originally from. Max Mara has chosen Saint Petersburg to stage its runway event on May 25.