Remember when we conjectured in a previous article around how the coronavirus pandemic has threatened fashion weeks around the world, that perhaps Covid-19 is the unlikely, yet unfortunate 4IR nudge fashion needs to start reconsidering its ailing fashion week model, using Armani and AFI's closing day as early 'case studies'?
And let's face it - technology (our smartphones, tablets, and other gadgets supplementing photography) has always been the primary lens through which we appreciate and analyse collections shown at fashion week anyway, even when we're there in real time, sitting pretty in front row.
Well, SA Fashion Week (SAFW), which takes pride in being in the "business of ethical fashion", has instead of postponing their events usually held at Sandton City, announced a first-of-its-kind digital-only showcase for their upcoming Spring/Summer 2020 Fashion Week.
Of course, this comes in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak; hence SAFW declares they are committed to supporting and adhering to the directives given by President Cyril Ramaphosa - including the prohibiting of mass events/gatherings of more than 100 people.
The organisation is all about being "climate-friendly, green-friendly, and COVID-19 respectful," as it turns 23 this year.
"We had been wanting to push change and the agenda. This was the push we needed," their media alert received this morning reads.
However, a "Fake News" Instagram post made earlier today by SAFW, captioned "SA Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020 is NOT POSTPONED!", has been misunderstood by a few concerned members of our local fashion fraternity... understandably so. This gainsaying of fake news around the fashion week's postponement only provides a link to sign up to their newsletter without providing clarity on a way forward with regards to the Spring/Summer 2020 shows.
Perhaps it's just a marketing ploy to create enough buzz around the upcoming showcase to prompt people to sign up to the newsletter to gain access to their new digital explorations.
Fashion retailers are also slowly but surely beginning to punt their e-commerce divisions in light of Covid-19, encouraging consumers to visit their online - over their brick-and-mortar stores.
Two such stores that we've received word from so far are Cotton On and Sissy Boy, who have made the below statements respectively:
Sissy Boy sanitises
A letter from Sissy Boy founder, Ronald Sassoon
Cotton On cares
"To our global community" - Peter Johnson, CEO
Are you still keen on shopping for clothing while we're encouraged to social distance? Tell us here how you're resisting the urge or finding ways around the risk.
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