PARIS—Parisian catwalks reopen in July as the French government unwinds coronavirus lockdown measures, allowing live fashions show to resume, the fashion industry body announced on Tuesday.
The annual Haute Couture Week will take place July 5-8, and fashion houses will be allowed to organize live shows and presentations, according to a statement from the French fashion industry body, Federation de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, on Tuesday. Depending on how the pandemic progresses, physical shows would be allowed to welcome guests, in line with government guidance on public events, it said.
No major live fashion shows have been held in Paris since September 2020, when some brands including Dior and Chanel had organized a few shows with a live audience, albeit with a limited number of guests.
The French are now relaxing a curfew and other measures following the end of their third lockdown in April and the planned full reopening of the economy in July.
In the past months, fashion brands have presented their new lines in online-only shows and have experimented with other ways to showcase their designs, such as short films and one-on-one presentations.
The federation said its haute couture online platform would remain available for digital-only shows and would also retransmit the physical shows.
At the Haute Couture Week, a select club of designers display one-of-a-kind, handmade outfits, unlike ready-to-wear fashion weeks, when brands showcase mass-produced clothing.
In normal times, Paris’ multiple fashion weeks generate some 1.2 billion euros for the local economy every year, the federation grouping couture houses estimates.