New York Fashion Week is set to begin on February 11th and conclude on February 16th. And while many of us hoped that life would go back to normal, a new highly contagious variant of COVID-19, Omicron, has threatened to throw a wrinkled in our fashionable plans.
In September, shows went off somewhat without incident, thanks to vaccinations, mandatory masks, and social distancing. But on November 24th, A new variant of COVID-19 called Omicron, was reported to the World Health Organization (WHO). Though the CDC reports remain somewhat inconclusive regarding the speard of this variant, ethnographic evidence reveals that it is contagious, but less severe (i.e. most people I've spoken to mention mild headaches vs being completely out of commission).
Brands like Armani, Brunello Cucinelli, and Ann Demeulemeester have already canceled their Haute Couture and Men's Fashion Week shows in January. The hope is that cases will stabilize enough for shows to go on come February.
According to FashionWeekOnline.com, Designers ranging from Christian Siriano to Proenza Schouler, Dion Lee, Prabal Gurung, and Eckhaus Latte are all scheduled to show in New York.
According to MorningBrew.com, Dsquared2, Zegna, Prada, and Fendi are on the Milan Fashion Week calendar, which includes 22 presentations, and 18 digital content segments.
Hermès, Rick Owens and Y/Project, along with Kenzo, will be showing during Paris Haute Couture Fashion week at the end of the month. And while London Fashion Week canceled its menswear shows this month, they plan to combine mens and women's shows in a hybrid digital/physical format next month with names like Richard Quinn, Erdem, Simone Rocha, David Koma, Roksanda, Nensi Dojaka, and Knwls on the roster.
As for now, the shows will go on. Designers will push forward, and allow guests to decide if they're willing to take the risk. Reduced guests lists, mandatory vaccinations, and masks will hopefully keep the spread of the new variant at bay.
What say you?