May 7, 2021: Here I am—over a year since the coronavirus pandemic plagued the worldwide population—sharing news that feels surreal. Per WWD, Paris Fashion Week will be returning this June via an in-person format (yes, that’s right, a live audience.) This news comes following a mostly digital Fall-Winter 2021 New York Fashion Week format, with a handful of in-person shows in which attendees were both masked and socially distanced.
The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode (French fashion’s organizing body) shared the following statement with the outlet: “Depending on the evolution of the sanitary situation, the physical events may welcome guests in accordance with a specific health protocol and conform to measures yet to be determined by the public authorities.”
The French president announced France will begin opening up on May 19th, following the nation’s third intense lockdown. In-person shows will be for the men’s spring 2022 collections and will take place from June 22 to June 27. The Fédération will also share the live shows on the digital platform they created in response to the coronavirus pandemic last year.
Chanel is ready for the return of an in-person fashion week. The luxury fashion house has already confirmed its venue at the esteemed Palais Galliera. “I hope other houses will follow,” says Bruno Pavlovsky, president of fashion and president of Chanel SAS, told WWD. Although no confirmation on other notable fashion houses securing venues yet, we expect to hear the schedule filling out a bit more over the coming weeks.
Although I might need to get a head start planning my outfits after living in loungewear for the past year, I’m excited about the possibility of surveying the City of Lights once again…pending the state of things, that is. More to come as GRAZIA learns more.