Amid concerns over potenital health implications, runways shows in both cities have been indefinitely postponed.
Yesterday (10 February) Shanghai Fashion Week announced via its official WeChat account that proceedings for AW20, scheduled to begin from 26 March, have been postponed due to concern around the Coronavirus.
New dates have yet to be published for Shanghai Fashion Week but the organisation’s Vice Secretary General Lv Xiaolei has stated that efforts will be made to; “focus on keeping up trade, communicating with all parties and find a solution to the situation.”
According to Women’s Wear Daily, Beijing’s China Fashion Week has also been cancelled for the time-being. The events were scheduled to run from 25 to 31 March.
Last season, over 1,700 brands participated in Shanghai Fashion Week which is one of the most important commercial events for the Chinese fashion industry. China Fashion Week in Beijing is viewed as an incubator for emerging talent.
Although an extended Lunar New Year holiday, intended to help contain spread of the virus is now over, there remains apprehension in China that the travelling associated with fashion month might lead to new Coronavirus cases.
11 February 2020