The Paris fashion week is having to deal with the anxiety sparked by the Covid 19 epidemic. On Thursday 27 February, LVMH cancelled a cocktail party organised for the LVMH Prize emerging designer competition, causing a momentary ripple of concern to spread within the French luxury world. A few days before, catwalk shows by Chinese labels had been cancelled, and Boss announced at the start of the week that it would refrain from presenting its new collection, having recently showed in Milan. However, all the other shows and events, both on and off the official calendar, were still scheduled to go ahead as the fashion week got under way. And while Asian visitors, and a number of Italian ones, are missing, and everyone is keeping an eye on developments about the coronavirus epidemic, catwalk shows are going ahead almost normally. In some cases, welcome kisses and handshakes have been eschewed, replaced by polite greetings exchanged at a prudent distance. Antiseptic gel was distributed at the entrance of the Paco Rabanne show on Thursday, as were face masks. But the latter don’t seem to be very popular with the fashion world. Despite the recommendations to travellers coming from Asia and Milan, only a handful of people wearing masks can be spotted in Parisian catwalk show audiences.

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