As the Covid-19 outbreak disrupts fashion calendars across the globe, the Council of Fashion Designers of America has chosen to cancel New York Fashion Week: Resort 2021, and postpone New York's men's shows in June. The announcement followed the news on Friday that Paris and Milan's next menswear seasons and Paris' haute couture week have also been postponed.
"We are mindful of the global impact this pandemic has had on our day-to-day lives, our businesses, and our people," the CFDA said in a statement. "With that in mind, the CFDA has decided to cancel the official NYFW: Resort 2021 schedule of presentations.
"The decision was based on the current global situation, the ongoing uncertainty regarding its impact on retailers and their open-to-buys, and designers’ challenges in producing collections at this moment. We strongly recommend and urge designers NOT to show their Resort Spring 2021 collections. The CFDA and the Fashion Calendar will not be publishing a Resort Schedule."
The CFDA, along with New York Men’s Day, Liberty Fairs and Project, further decided to postpone the June men’s shows and are working with the tradeshows to align on future dates.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak, fashion weeks have been canceled in Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, Melbourne, and Moscow.
On March 24, the CFDA announced the launch of its own Covid-19 relief effort, in partnership with Vogue, dedicated to supporting members of the American fashion industry.