Armani Postpones Dubai Fashion Show Due to Coronavirus Fears

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Giorgio Armani during Milan Fashion Week on Feb. 21.

Gucci canceled its Cruise show in San Francisco, while Prada and Chanel have already postponed May fashion shows.

Two Italian fashion houses are taking precautions amid the spread of the coronavirus, which has led to the deaths of 11 people in the U.S. as of Thursday.

Armani is postponing its Dubai show, planned for April 19, and rescheduling it for November "due to the recent developments in the outbreak of Coronavirus." A statement to THR on March 5 reads, "The decision has been taken as a precautionary measure in order to protect all the industry stakeholders, employees and guests who would be involved in the trip." The show will now be held during Expo 2020 in Dubai. 

Gucci canceled its Cruise 2021 fashion show, which was set to take place May 18 in San Francisco. The label told The Hollywood Reporter that given "the ongoing uncertainty prompted by the coronavirus outbreak," the event has been canceled "as a precautionary measure," adding, "A decision on the new timing and location of the show will be announced at a later date once the situation becomes clearer. At this time, our thoughts are with all of those affected around the world.”

Gucci hosted its Milan Fashion Week show as planned on Feb. 19 with Dakota Johnson, Yara Shahidi, Amandla Stenberg and Liz Goldwyn sitting in the front row. Giorgio Armani decided at the last minute to live-stream his Milan fashion show in front of an empty theater to protect the health of would-be attendees. Italy has reported more than 1,600 coronavirus cases in the country so far.

Prada has already postponed its Resort show that would have been held on May 21 in Japan. “This decision was made as a precautionary measure as well as an act of responsibility and respect for all the people working on and planning to attend our resort 2021 show,” the brand said at the time. “Prada extends its sincere sympathies and concern to all the people and territories affected by this situation.”

Hermes is expected to present a collection in London on April 28; Chanel in Capri, Italy, on May 7; Dior in Lecce, Italy, on May 9; and Max Mara in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on May 25. THR has reached out to the labels to confirm whether the shows will go on. Versace was going to show in the U.S. on May 16 but told WWD on March 5, “after careful consideration and the restrictions [that] are being placed on travel for many at this time,” it would be postponed. 

Last month, Chanel postponed its Metiers d’art collection restaging that was planned for Beijing in May, according to Reuters. The New York Times reports that Ralph Lauren canceled a New York show in April and Burberry pushed back an April show in Shanghai. 

Shanghai Fashion Week and China Fashion Week have been postponed due to the virus, and Seoul Fashion Week, set to start March 17, was canceled. 

Last updated March 6, 11:30 a.m.