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Tom Ford cancels his NYFW show due to Covid

Entering our third pandemic-plagued year, the catwalk still has some caution tape.
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Francis Scialabba

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Covid had just begun to rear its infectious head during Fashion Week 2020. Last year, brands tried out virtual runways to mixed reviews. Now, in another pandemic-plagued year, the catwalk still has some caution tape.

Yesterday, Tom Ford canceled his fall 2022 runway show, which was scheduled to close NYFW on February 16, due to omicron’s impact on his atelier and design studio in LA, and factory shutdowns in Italy. Ford, who is also chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, will instead release images of the collection digitally later this year.

  • He’s not alone: Earlier this month, Giorgio Armani announced that his fashion shows in both Paris and Milan would not go on. JW Anderson also canceled his Milan runway show, opting instead for a digital showing.

According to a statement, many on Ford’s staff have been out sick with Covid and the brand will “simply not have a completed collection in time for New York Fashion Week.” On the flip side, many designers, including Tory Burch, Helmut Lang, Coach, and Telfar, are still planning on traditional NYFW shows.

Not playing dress-up: Fashion Week is an integral source of revenue and marketing for  brands, Erin Schmidt, a senior analyst at Coresight Research, told us last week. So another year without in-person shows…is less than ideal. “Not only is Fashion Week important for major brands, but it is exceptionally important for the entire retail industry because all eyes are on high-fashion major brands to set the [fashion] agenda for the season,” she said.

“Mass retailers and fast fashion look to runway shows, as all of the Fashion Week trends inform and inspire designers and brands’ collections.”—JG

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