Top Newcomers announced, Coronavirus disrupts calendar and more of the news you missed

Gucci, Prada, Versace, Armani and now Ralph Lauren Cancel Shows Due to Coronavirus
More news of coronavirus disrupting the fashion calendar as multiple brands canceled upcoming shows amidst the spread of the virus. First, Prada’s Tokyo-set cruise show on May 21st had been postponed followed shortly after by Gucci, who slated their cruise show for May 18th in San Francisco. As concern grows, Versace and Giorgio Armani have now also scrapped their original plans. The latest is Ralph Lauren who had planned to show his fall 2020 collection in April outside of the traditional schedule. “In light of the ongoing uncertainties related to the novel coronavirus around the world, we have decided to cancel our fall 2020 show as a precautionary measure and out of respect for our teams, partners and consumers. Our primary focus remains on their health and safety,” a spokesperson for the brand explained, as reported by WWD. [WWD] Announces This Show Season’s Top Newcomers
After the four-city circuit, rounded up the most memorable faces of the season into two categories: Newcomers and Breakouts. Every one of the listed models made an impact with numerous big bookings, exclusives, or opening and closing spots. In addition, we asked industry bigwigs to pick their standouts. Check our current cover story to see if your new favorite runway star made the cut.

Bye fashion month! Paris Fashion Week Comes to a Close
Paris ended the 4 work tour on a high note and if your mind was in the gutter you might conclude that Saint Laurent and Balmain were going full XXX will all that latex. Not us though. Balenciaga and Thom Browne prepared for dystopian times while Sasha Luss returned to ready-to-wear with a walk at Givenchy. Castings were at a fever pitch as Paloma Elsesser appeared at Lanvin and Alexander McQueen with Erin Wasson and Esther Cañadas making walking appearances since years last seen on the scene. Add a last-minute, surprise showing from Yeezy and the fashion set dealing with a rising pandemic and you have a memorable start to the new season.

Givenchy Brings On a New CEO
Givenchy has hired a new CEO with Renaud de Lesquen, the current president and CEO of Dior Americas and former CEO of YSL Beauté. WWD reports De Lesquen is set to join the house April 1st and succeeds Philippe Fortunato. Current artistic director Claire Waight Keller remains under contract for the time being.

Sacai’s Chitose Abe to Design Gaultier’s Next Couture Collection
Jean Paul Gaultier may have hung up his own couture white coat but will still pass over the keys to the new guard. Following marketing paths from Moncler and Emilio Pucci, Jean Paul Gaultier will invite a new designer every season to interpret the codes of the famed House. Starting off the new tradition is Chitose Abe of Sacai fame, bringing invigorating energy with her collection in July stating, “I have a long-held admiration for Jean Paul’s unique vision of subversive femininity and his originality, both of which I’ve strived towards in my work since the beginning.” [WWD]

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