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Fashion What’s This We Hear About Physical Fashion Shows Returning to Paris Couture Week?

What’s This We Hear About Physical Fashion Shows Returning to Paris Couture Week?

What’s This We Hear About Physical Fashion Shows Returning to Paris Couture Week?
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By Pakkee Tan
June 11, 2021
Brace yourself: Paris Couture Week is set to play host to at least eight physical runway shows, including Chanel, Balenciaga and Dior

Physical fashion shows are finally making their return! According to the provisional calendar published by the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode on Monday, at least eight brands will be hosting physical runway shows for the fall/winter 2020 edition of Paris Couture Week, albeit with a livestream element involved as well, WWD reports.

These eight brands include Chanel, Dior, Balenciaga, Armani Privé, Jean Paul Gaultier, Azzaro Couture, Zuhair Murad and Vaishali S.

Other brands such as Fendi, Giambattista Valli and Elie Saab will continue to show their collections digitally. 

France has recently further relaxed its Covid-19 restrictions, allowing indoor dining and staying out until 11pm for the first time in months, as well as starting its overnight curfew at 11pm instead of 9pm previously.

Related: Valentino Heads to Venice for Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2021

Cristóbal Balenciaga in his 10 Avenue Georges V salon. Photo: Juan-Gyenes / Courtesy of Balenciaga
Cristóbal Balenciaga in his 10 Avenue Georges V salon. Photo: Juan-Gyenes / Courtesy of Balenciaga

This season is set to be one to watch, with the return of Balenciaga to the couture schedule after 53 years. It will take place in the refurbished salon at 10 Avenue Georges V, where Cristóbal Balenciaga originally hosted his couture showcases. Margiela is also back on the schedule, having skipped both the spring/summer 2021 haute couture season and the fall/winter 2021 season in March.

Kerby Jean-Raymond, founder of Pyer Moss, will also make a presentation at the end of the week at the invitation of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. And it's a history-making moment as well: he will be the first African American designer to ever show at couture week.

Sacai's Chitose Abe will also finally show her collaboration with Jean Paul Gaultier, which was previously postponed twice due to Covid-19 restrictions and the global lockdown.

Paris Couture Week looks like it's shaping up to be an exciting season, and—fingers crossed—hopefully heralds the return of physical fashion shows in cities across the world.

Related: Four Years After Azzedine Alaia's Last Show, Pieter Mulier is Set to Make His Debut

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Fashion Chanel Balenciaga Dior Armani Privé Jean paul gaultier paris couture week fendi elie saab pyer moss Kerby Jean-Raymond sacai chitose abe

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