Giorgio Armani cancels his January menswear and couture shows – WWD

MILAN – Giorgio Armani does not take any risks.

The designer has decided to cancel the Emporio Armani and Giorgio Armani fall 2022 men’s fashion shows, which were due to take place in Milan on January 15 and 17, respectively.

“This decision was taken with great regret and after careful consideration in light of the worsening epidemiological situation,” according to a statement from the Milanese fashion house. There are no plans for a digital version of the broadcasts.

Milan Men’s Fashion Week is scheduled to take place January 14-18.

Armani has also chosen to cancel its Privé haute couture spring 2022 show scheduled for later this month in Paris. Haute Couture should take place from January 24 to 27 in the French capital.

“As the creator has expressed it many times, shows are crucial and irreplaceable opportunities, but the health and safety of employees and the public must again be a priority,” the statement continued.

Despite the high vaccination rate in Italy, the country – like many others around the world – has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases from mid-December and during the Christmas and New Year holidays, with approximately 100,000 new infections daily and additional restrictive provisions. Milan and its region, Lombardy, have been hit hard by the new Omicron variant, and have recently returned to being classified as a “yellow zone”, which means a return to wearing a face mask in all public places, at the same time. both indoors and outdoors, among other restrictions. In France, infections are at their peak with more than 160,000 new cases every day.

In February 2020, when the first wave of the coronavirus began to hit Italy, Armani decided to keep the women’s fashion show of its signature brand behind closed doors, filmed in an empty room, without press or buyers and visible on , the brand’s Instagram and Facebook accounts.

The designer had planned to hold two shows around this time in his Via Bergognone headquarters, closing Milan Fashion Week, which started on February 19, but the decision was made to avoid exposing guests to dangers to their health.

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