By Samantha Conti
with contributions from Joelle Diderich
 on March 16, 2020
The Fashion Weeks and Major Events Disrupted Because of Coronavirus

In a move that should come as no surprise given fears about coronavirus spreading, Chanel has decided to postpone its replica show of the Paris — 31 Rue Cambon2019/20 Métiers d’art collection, which was due to take place in London on June 4.

The company cited “uncertainty due to the developing situation surrounding COVID-19 on a global scale,” and said it is continuing to monitor the situation closely. “Our main priority is to protect the health and well-being of our clients and employees.”

The company has yet to make an announcement regarding its cruise show in Capri planned for May 7.

Chanel’s decision to cancel the London event, which would have replicated a show that took place in early December last year, comes amid a raft of fashion and luxury postponements, including Dior. Earlier on Monday Dior said it was putting off its cruise show, which was set to take place in Lecce, Italy, on May 9, indefinitely.The COVID-19 outbreak has also scuppered a planned Chanel event in Paris. The Palais Galliera, which had been due to reopen in early April after two years of renovations, on Monday said the Paris City Hall-backed fashion museum would remain shut until further notice.

Chanel is the exclusive sponsor of a new space for permanent exhibitions at the museum, named the Gabrielle Chanel Rooms, and had sent out a save-the-date for a party on March 31 celebrating the opening of “Gabrielle Chanel, fashion manifesto,” the first Chanel exhibition ever staged in Paris.

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