Paris women’s fashion week opened Monday just as the city limited public gatherings in a bid to slow rocketing virus infections in France.
Like Milan — which finished Sunday — the vast majority of Paris shows over the next nine days will be virtual, with frustrated fashionistas watching on their phones and computers through TikTok, Instagram, YouTube and the labels’ own sites.
Hollywood star Sharon Stone declared the week open in a video message, urging designers to rise to the challenge of better serving “emancipated, free and bold women.
“Fashion has to be more fair, diverse and equal,” she said.
Only a handful the biggest brands, led by Dior, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, are staging real live shows.
With the vast bulk of international buyers and style journalists who usually flood the French capital staying away because of travel restrictions, Saint Laurent, Hedi Slimane’s Celine and Virgil Abloh’s luxury