All About Coronavirus/COVID-19

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    Tipping Point: Bankruptcy Looms Amid COVID-19 Crisis
    As business shuts down, pressure increases. The NRF called on President Trump for relief.

    The intense pressures of the coronavirus have forced fashion, already in the midst of massive structural change, to the Tipping Point — and in so many ways.

    Now that stores across the U.S. have gone dark and consumers are at home and hunkered down with everyone focused on health and safety, the industry is starting to turn to the repercussions of an almost complete shutdown of business.

    In the first in a series of articles on the Tipping Points that promise to bring systemic change to fashion, WWD examines the potentially massive wave of bankruptcies that could be building in the industry.

    Retailers are at the top of the supply chain — and in the spotlight.

    Pressure will only grow on brands and factories if retailers succumb to creditors since they are the link in the chain that gets money from consumers, pumping new funds into the entire fashion system. Debt watchdog Moody’s Investor Service recently highlighted just how much debt is concentrated.


    Seventy-seven percent of the $24 billion in outstanding apparel and retail debt that Moody’s judges to be of “poor standing” with “very high credit risk” is owed by six companies: J.C Penney Co. Inc., Neiman Marcus Group, Rite Aid Corp., J. Crew Group Inc., Ascena Retail Group Inc., and Academy.

    Each company has been working to find their own way forward, but the path has become much, much rockier in the midst of the COVID-19.

    Already, some smaller retailers have filed for bankruptcy, including online auction house Paddle8 Inc., e-commerce marketplace Generation Zero Group Inc., online retailer Bluestem Brands Inc. and furniture retailer Art Van Furniture Inc., according to a tally by Standard & Poor’s.

    Sounding the alarm over the potential impact of the crisis, Matthew Shay, chief executive officer of the National Retail Federation, on Wednesday put out a call for help in a letter to President Trump and Congressional leaders that noted retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, supporting 52 million working Americans.

    “The retail industry is being dramatically impacted by social-distancing that is both voluntary and publicly mandated, and our members tell us that the most important support they can get from the federal government would be access to credit that can sustain them until consumers are back in the marketplace,” Shay said. “Labor and benefit obligations, rents, loan payments are all crippling burdens if no sales are being made for days or weeks at a time, and our members are suffering cumulative losses that amount to tens of billions of dollars a week.”

    Shay suggested a “mandatory default and foreclosure stay or directions from federal authorities on rent abatement might provide some needed relief for retailers faced with closure orders.”

    “Assistance in providing for payroll costs might help slow layoffs that will be inevitable if retail sales continue to collapse,” he said. “Expanding the employee retention tax credit to businesses that are suffering financial losses because of this crisis would help to offset payroll costs at a time when sales are in a decline.”

    Washington is working on an overall economic aid package, but there was little sign of relief on Wall Street on Wednesday, where trading was briefly halted to slow the selling.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 1,338.46 points, or 6.3 percent, to 19,898.92, leaving it down 32.7 percent from its all-time high, just set on Feb. 12.

    Among the hardest hit were Seritage Growth Properties, down 43.4 percent to $7.43; G-III Apparel Group, 38.5 percent to $4.50; Guess Inc., 38.1 percent to $3.92; Coty Inc., 31.1 percent to $3.74; Simon Property Group Inc., 23.7 percent to $44.92, and J.C. Penney Co. Inc., 20.8 percent to 41 cents.

    Stock price declines on their own don’t send retailers or brands to bankruptcy court — insolvency comes when companies can’t pay their bills.

    In normal times, companies trying to manage a heavy debt load have a looming payment due and are racing to bolster operations, or sell ancillary businesses to raise the necessary cash or inspire enough confidence in lenders to be able to refinance the debt and pay it down the line.

    Retailers also rely on brands to ship goods on the promise of being paid later. And sometimes companies, Barneys New York is a recent example, can lose the confidence of vendors and be unable to secure goods to carry on with business.

    But now the whole system is shutting down. Sales associates have been sent home and stores are closed. Some money is coming in to retailers through their web sites, but it won’t be enough to keep afloat businesses that are still predominantly brick-and-mortar-based.

    Many associates are being paid for the time being — and presumably with the help of business interruption insurance — but rent and payments to vendors and service providers are all coming due.

    Retail — everyone else — is in for a long haul.

    “This is clearly going to be an event which is not going to be over in two weeks, and it’s an event where things are not going to return to normal when it’s over,” said Mark Cohen, director of retail studies at Columbia Business School, who was previously chairman and CEO of Sears Canada Inc.

    “This is going to change the culture of the society that we all live in, buying behaviors are going to fundamentally change, the enterprise that services the public will be fundamentally changed,” he said. “How will retail look on the other side of this pandemic?”

    For now, many are doing what they can to hold on.

    Ascena, which operates Ann Taylor, Loft, Lane Bryant and more, has been strained financially and recently took to the market to repurchase some of its own debt.

    The company said it was taking “proactive actions designed to optimize the company’s balance sheet.”

    “Bankruptcy is not being considered,” Ascena stressed a week ago. “The company remains in full compliance with all of its obligations under its financing agreements and intends to remain so.”

    But while the threat of bankruptcies across the industry is a clear and present danger, it’s less clear how the process would work in practice now. Debtor-in-possession lenders that fund companies in bankruptcy are expected to be extremely cautious and retailers can’t offer the necessary 12-week cash-flow forecasts amid the crisis, bankruptcy experts said.

    “One of the key pieces of the process is between the time you realize you have a liquidity problem and the time you go to your potential capital sources or the market,” said Mette Kurth, partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, who advises clients on bankruptcy issues.

    “You need to have your cash-flow forecast and a business plan that tells [lenders] why they should support your company, where you believe this process is going to take you, and why you believe this will restore your balance sheet,” she said. “That is the problem right now.”

    In the past week, dozens of brands and retailers have closed stores en masse, as public health officials warn of the catastrophic dangers of unrestrained community spread of the coronavirus.

    The strain of that is hitting both retailers and workers.

    On Tuesday, Brooks Brothers CEO Claudio Del Vecchio informed store associates that the company was closing “the majority of our North American stores and manufacturing locations at Long Island City, Garland, [N.C.] and Southwick [in Haverhill, Mass.] from March 17 through Sunday, March 29,” according to a copy of a company memo, which was reviewed by WWD. Del Vecchio said the company’s Madison Avenue flagship will remain open “with shortened hours and limited staff.”

    What that means for its employees is unfolding. The memo said corporate employees, executive management, store managers and others would face “a 10 percent payroll reduction of base salary.” Meanwhile, store associates, supervisors and assistant managers would be in a “non-paid status,” according to the memo, which said those employees would be eligible to seek unemployment.

    According to a source, the intention is to bring the staff back when the stores reopen, but for now, the company has worked with state and local agencies to ensure that its furloughed workers can quickly fill out the necessary paperwork in order to obtain unemployment funds as quickly as possible.

    The source said Del Vecchio “wants to make sure there’s a business to come back to.” Earlier this year, before the crisis, sources indicated the CEO was seeking to sell the iconic retailer, which has struggled to grow over the last few years as fashion has turned away from preppy styles.

    In response to a query from WWD on Wednesday afternoon, the company said of its current situation: “Brooks Brothers, like many peers, continues to navigate a challenging retail environment as the industry rapidly evolves. These headwinds — combined with the current COVID-19 crisis — have accelerated our need to make difficult yet necessary decisions to ensure the continuity of our business and in the long term protect our employees and customers.”

    Julie Kelly, the manager and international vice president of the New York-New Jersey Regional Joint Board, Workers United, the union that represents Brooks Brothers employees, said, “We are actively working with all of our members and keeping health and safety and their income as top priorities.

    “There are companies doing the right thing by paying their employees right now, even when closed, like Joseph A. Banks and Rothmans,” she said, referring to other companies whose employees are represented by the union.

    “But there are others, some owned by billionaires like Brooks Brothers, that are refusing to even allow workers to use vacation or sick pay,” she said. “That’s outrageous and wrong and we’re fighting it every minute. True recovery requires that workers and jobs come before bailouts and corporate tax cuts.”

    The strains at Brooks Brothers might be a sign of things to come for others in the industry.

    It seems clear that some won’t be able to right their finances. And if they fall, the fall could come quickly.

    In normal circumstances, a bankruptcy reorganization process can offer troubled retailers some much-needed relief by allowing them to hit pause on some debt collection and give them the opportunity to renegotiate or reject leases and manage unsecured debt owed to vendors and others. The process can limit their obligations while giving them time to restructure or conduct a sale process to find a going-concern buyer.

    But as lenders and buyers hold back, the process may hold the threat of Chapter 7 liquidations instead, bankruptcy experts said.

    “It could even lead to an increase in Chapter 7 filings, or it may be that they would be very quick liquidations,” said Bradford Sandler of Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones, who represents companies and creditors in bankruptcies. “But how do you have a liquidation sale if [people] can’t even make it to the store?”
     
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    COVID-19 Response: Tiffany & Co. Closes North American Stores
    The stores will be closed at least through the end of March.

    Tiffany & Co., which is due to be acquired later this year by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, late Tuesday joined the slew of brands shuttering their North American stores in response to the coronavirus crisis.

    In a statement, the company said it will close its stores in the U.S. and Canada until at least the end of the month, after which the situation will be reassessed. Tiffany staff will be paid during that closure period.

    “Love and optimism have always been at the heart of Tiffany & Co. During these uncertain times, the well-being of our beloved teams, clients and their families is at the forefront of our minds. As COVID-19 continues to affect our communities, we have decided to temporarily close all Tiffany stores in the U.S. and Canada as well as many other locations globally, effective immediately. These stores will remain closed through the end of the month, at which time we will reassess. Our employees will be compensated during this period and will have access to additional resources. For 183 years, Tiffany & Co. has cherished our clients and our commitment is unwavering,” the company said.

    While late last week and Monday saw some store closures, Tuesday marked a watershed moment in retail as company after the company revealed plans to close their stores in the U.S. and Canada, most for the next two weeks. The list stretches from major department stores including Macy’s Inc., Hudson’s Bay Co. Inc., Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus Group to specialty chains. The North American closures follow government-mandated action in Italy and France, where all non-essential retailers have been forced to shutter their doors for the foreseeable future. Both the Italian and French governments have stepped in with aid packages, while the European Union also is looking at financial assistance.

    Despite the expected assistance from the government, economic observers expect at least the U.S., Italy and France to experience a recession over the next six months in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
     
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    Chanel Cancels Cruise Show in Capri Set for May
    Chanel said it was examining alternative ways of presenting its collection in Capri at a later date and in a different format.

    Chanel has decided to cancel its cruise show, due to take place in Capri, Italy, on May 7, to ensure the well-being of its guests and teams during the current coronavirus outbreak.

    “Chanel is examining alternative ways of presenting its collection in Capri at a later date and in a different format,” it said in a statement.

    “Chanel is closely monitoring the evolution of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic in order to ensure the protection of all its teams as well as its partners and customers around the world and has put in place all the necessary preventive measures in accordance with the recommendations of local and global health authorities. This situation, which is quickly evolving, requires a precise approach that takes into account local regulations, and Chanel is fully committed to protecting each employee and partner everywhere the company operates,” it added.

    The decision marked the third cancellation in two days for the French fashion house, which said on Monday it was nixing its replica show for the Métiers d’Art collection, scheduled to take place in London on June 4.

    The COVID-19 outbreak has also scuppered a planned Chanel event in Paris. The Palais Galliera, which had been due to reopen in early April after two years of renovations, on Monday said the Paris City Hall-backed fashion museum would remain shut until further notice.

    Chanel is the exclusive sponsor of a new space for permanent exhibitions at the museum, named the Gabrielle Chanel Rooms, and had sent out a save-the-date for a party on March 31 celebrating the opening of “Gabrielle Chanel, fashion manifesto,” the first Chanel exhibition ever staged in Paris.
     
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    WWD EXCLUSIVE: Dior Postpones Launch of Jordan Collaboration
    Dior had planned to conduct an international online draw next week allowing customers to buy items from the Air Dior capsule collection.

    PARIS — Dior has postponed the launch of its eagerly awaited collaboration with Air Jordan due to the coronavirus outbreak, WWD has learned.

    The French fashion house had planned to conduct an international online draw next week allowing customers to purchase a pair of Air Dior high-top sneakers or gain access to pop-up locations worldwide selling ready-to-wear and accessories from the collection.

    “To ensure the safety of all, in accordance with recommendations by public authorities, and in order to reinforce the coordination of international measures, Dior has decided to postpone its international draw for the launch of the Air Dior capsule collection realized in collaboration with Jordan Brand,” Dior said in a statement.

    “This draw includes a chance to win entry to a global network of exclusive Dior pop-up and pop-in locations, whose openings have also been postponed in the context of current guidelines, to protect our customers and collaborators,” it added.

    The temporary spaces were due to open in April and May. Dior would not confirm the number of planned locations, but it is understood to be less than a dozen worldwide.

    The Air Dior capsule collection, designed by Dior men’s wear creative director Kim Jones in collaboration with Jordan Brand, was billed as the Nike-owned label’s first step into the “luxury streetwear” segment.

    The two brands unveiled a limited-edition sneaker called the Air Jordan 1 High OG Dior, priced at $2,200, at the Dior pre-fall 2020 show in Miami in December, and it has since become one of the most hotly anticipated sneaker launches of the year.

    Dior had opted for the draw format to ensure the shoes don’t all get snapped up by resellers.

    Speaking in January, when the collection was revealed to select editors during Paris Men’s Fashion Week, Martin Lotti, vice president of design at Jordan Brand, said the rollout was being fine-tuned to avoid scrums.

    “We want to make sure that it’s done right for the consumer as well as for both brands, that it’s an elevated experience, and since it’s so hotly in demand, we need to make sure that it’s done safely, too,” he said.

    With thousands of stores shuttered worldwide as public authorities battle the spread of COVID-19, the launch has been postponed indefinitely.

    “A new date for the Air Dior launch and for the pop-ups dedicated to this unique collaboration will be announced in function of how this situation evolves,” Dior said.
     
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    France Pledges 45B Euro Coronavirus Aid Package
    French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire detailed measures to help workers and businesses stay afloat during the coronavirus lockdown.

    PARIS — France has unblocked 45 billion euros in emergency aid for companies and workers whose revenues are impacted by the government-mandated lockdown to fight the coronavirus outbreak, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Tuesday.

    The crisis, which has prompted the government to shut all nonessential businesses and call on citizens to remain at home, is expected to plunge the French economy into recession. Growth is set to fall by 1 percent in 2020, Le Maire said, adding this forecast could be amended as the situation evolves.

    “This economic and financial war will be long, it will be violent, and it will require all our efforts, whether national, European or at the G7 level,” Le Maire said in a telephone press conference.

    “The absolute priority is to support companies and workers to keep our economy afloat and preserve our capacity for restarting,” he added.

    The government has allocated 8.5 billion euros over two months for workers facing partial unemployment. A further 32 billion euros has been earmarked for deferring taxes and social charges.

    In addition, the government has set up a solidarity fund worth 2 billion euros per month for companies whose activity has been suspended. Le Maire estimated some 600,000 firms would qualify for the aid, including 160,000 restaurants, 140,000 non-food retailers and 100,000 companies in the tourism sector.

    Under the scheme, businesses with a turnover of fewer than 1 million euros, and who have seen a drop of more than 70 percent in their revenues between March 2019 and March 2020, will be eligible for an immediate grant of 1,500 euros.

    “The principle we have set is ‘zero income, zero outlays,'” Le Maire said. He welcomed the move by the National Association of Shopping Centers, the CNCC, which has called on landlords to temporarily suspend the collection of rents and charges for the month of April to ease the pressure on ailing businesses.

    The French government is pushing for the suspension of rent, water and electricity bills for all struggling business owners.

    It has also pledged to guarantee all new bank loans to the tune of 300 billion euros. This was part of a package of fiscal measures announced by eurozone finance ministers on Monday, equivalent to 1 percent of the area’s gross domestic product.

    Le Maire’s remarks echoed those of Mário Centeno, president of the Eurogroup, who signaled the strong commitment of member states by reprising the “whatever it takes” comment first uttered by European Central Bank president Mario Draghi in 2012, which has since become a catchphrase.

    “We will protect our citizens and our currency come what may and with everything we have got. Our commitment to providing support in this time of need is unlimited,” Centeno said on Monday.

    “We will do whatever it takes and more to restore confidence and support rapid recovery,” he added.

    In a bid to reduce stock market volatility, the AMF, France’s stock market regulator, on Tuesday banned short selling in 92 shares until the end of the trading day. The stocks concerned are those most impacted by the fall in prices during Monday’s session.

    Le Maire said European governments were ready to ban short-selling for one month in order to prevent speculators from profiting from the crisis.

    The COVID-19 crisis hits a French retail sector already weakened by a year of violent anti-government protests and a 50-day transport strike.

    Sales of clothing and textiles fell by 5.1 percent year-on-year in value terms in February, as department stores were further hit by a drop in tourism from Asia due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Institut Français de la Mode said Tuesday.

    Revenues for the sector, excluding catalog and online sales, were down 5.1 percent in value terms in the first two months of 2020, it reported.

    François Feijoo, president of Procos, the federation representing specialized trade, said that out of the 60,000 stores it represents, only between 200 and 300 remained open. Members include Groupe Galeries Lafayette, Inditex, H&M, Lacoste, Pandora, C&A and Etam, with a combined annual turnover of 110 billion euros.

    Describing the situation as unprecedented, Feijoo described the government response as “very forceful,” but noted that some areas remain unclear, namely the suspension of rents, which will be decided on a case-by-case basis, and whether insurers are willing to compensate some of the retailers’ losses since current contracts don’t cover the eventuality of a pandemic.

    While the immediate priority is to manage cash flow and personnel issues, he said retailers would need longer-term support, since the Chinese example was proving that consumers may be slow to return to their previous spending levels.

    “Stores won’t reopen from one day to the next with 100 percent of their previous revenues. There will have to be additional supportive measures, whether supporting consumer spending or supporting businesses if consumer spending is slow to return,” Feijoo said.

    Most major retailers declined to comment on the government package or to estimate the cost of the lockdown.

    European mall operator Klepierre noted that while it is too early to assess the impact of the ordered store closures across the continent, it is in contact with tenants and has implemented “stringent cost cuts” to pass service charge savings to them.

    Klepierre is also working to reduce non-essential capital expenditures and non-staff operating expenses, it also said. The company assured it has committed revolving credit facilities to cover liquidity needs.

    Italian operations, which accounted for 16.6 percent of overall gross rental income and generated 205.7 million euros in revenues last year, have already been affected by store closures there. Klepierre has operations in Germany, Spain, and Eastern Europe.

    Global mall operator Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield also said it’s too early to gauge the impact on contractual obligations or estimate the effect of efforts it may make on a case-by-case basis. The group said it is reducing non-staff expenses, deferring nonessential capital expenditure and will make use of assistance from national authorities to help companies weather the crisis.

    “However, considering the uncertainty around this rapidly evolving situation and how long the above preventative measures will need to remain in place, it is not currently possible to estimate the extent of the impact on the group’s earnings,” the mall operator said.

    Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield has shut most stores in malls in France, Spain, Poland, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. with some limitations to trading hours in Denmark.
     
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    Already talked about this, but here's the article:

    The Met Gala Has Been Postponed
    Anna Wintour made the announcement at the same time as criticizing President Trump's response to COVID-19.

    Add the Met Gala to the long list of events being postponed amid coronavirus fears.

    Rumors have swirled for weeks as the deadly virus continues to spread throughout the U.S., but it was not until Monday afternoon that Vogue U.S. editor in chief Anna Wintour confirmed that the celebrity-filled gala would not be happening as planned on May 4.

    “One day that will not arrive on schedule will be the opening of the Costume Institute’s exhibition, ‘About Time.’ Due to the unavoidable and responsible decision by the Metropolitan Museum to close its doors, ‘About Time,’ and the opening night gala will be postponed to a later date,” she wrote in a piece penned for Vogue.com just days after the museum shuttered.


    This year’s exhibition and gala were set to be an even glitzier than usual affair as 2020 marks the museum’s 150th anniversary. Louis Vuitton was the main sponsor of the exhibition, whose theme was “About Time: Fashion and Duration,” while its women’s wear designer, Nicolas Ghesquière, was due to co-chair the gala alongside Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Wintour. At a press conference at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris last month, Metropolitan Museum director Max Hollein said that the exhibition would feature 120 outfits dating from 1870, the year the museum was founded, to the present.

    Wintour did not reveal when the “later date” would be, but with so many events being postponed until fall, the calendar for the second half is filling up fast. It’s also going to be tough for the editor in chief and Condé Nast artistic director to wrangle the crowd of designers, musicians and other celebrities she usually does given the crowded fall fashion season that stretches until early October, and then the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods.

    In the same Vogue article, she savaged President Trump’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and endorsed Joe Biden for president after his “decisive victories on Super Tuesday.”

    “Like everyone else, I have been experiencing this COVID-19 crisis as a series of hurtling developments, where one never knows quite what each new day will bring,” she said. “Through it all, one fact, however, remains stubbornly unchanged: President Trump. I, like so many of us, have been appalled by how he has responded to the pandemic — the optimistic and fact-free assurances that all will be fine, the chaotic implementation of travel bans and claims about a ‘foreign virus,’ the narcissistic ease with which he has passed the blame to others, his dishonesty with the American people, and worst of all, his shocking lack of empathy and compassion for those who are suffering and fearful.”

    As for Biden, Wintour noted that he “is unmistakably a man of character and has so many qualities that we are in desperately short supply of in Washington right now: decency, honor, compassion, trustworthiness and, best of all, experience. I know that we will get through COVID-19, but on the other side more challenges await — not the least of which is grappling with our ongoing climate crisis.” She also praised his decision to commit to choosing a woman vice president and added that these weeks have been a reminder that “America must choose a new president.”


    The endorsement fits in with Wintour’s past, given she raised substantial sums for the campaigns of former President Barack Obama. It is surprising, given her leadership of Vogue — and that one would have assumed she would have endorsed a female candidate by and would have helped raise funds for one of them.

    News that the Met Gala would be postponed comes as the Trump administration issued national guidance to limit gatherings to 10 people for the next 15 days.
     
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    Dior should cancel that Jordan collab altogether....
     
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    10 cases in Hawaii in one day.

    10. On a remote group of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

    The day is only halfway over here. I've been staying home for a week straight now. Prom is postponed, graduation is now only 6 days after prom, and the chances of either happening are still quite low. A state senator is among those sick. Tourism is our primary source of income as a state. All sports have been canceled for the rest of the season, our spring break is now 3 weeks long, and teachers are looking for ways to implement online learning & social distancing... The vast majority of our public schools are overcrowded, making the concept of physical social distancing nearly impossible in the classroom. Not sure what's next, but it's looking dim.

    Please stay safe, stay home, and look out for your elders.

    In fashion-related news, some models are now documenting that they are trapped in Europe due to the outbreak banning flights back home.
     
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    To be fair, they would have had enough time to leave. Most European countries were the last to impose restrictions. I have friends who recently went to Chicago for a wedding and as soon as Trump announced travel restrictions which at the time didn't include us, they got out as soon as they could. It may have cost them a pretty penny but just as well because days later we were added to the list of restricted countries.

    The onus should be on their embassies to get them home, just like the UK must now arrange flights for Britons who are stuck in Peru.
     
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    The Cannes Film Festival Has Been Canceled
    The festival was scheduled to run from May 12 to 23.

    The 2020 Cannes Film Festival is the latest to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Festival organizers revealed the news in a statement today, stating the festival will not be held from May 12 to 23. Organizers are instead considering several options on how to go forward with the Cannes Film Festival, one option being to postpone the festival to run from the end of June to early July this year.

    “As soon as the development of the French and international health situation will allow us to assess the real possibility, we will make our decision known, in accordance with our ongoing consultation with the French government and Cannes’ City Hall as well as with the festival’s board members, film industry professionals and all the partners of the event,” the statement read.

    The statement also asks individuals to “respect the general lockdown” and “show solidarity in these difficult times for the entire world.” On March 16, French President Emmanuel Macron ordered a nationwide shutdown to contain COVID-19, barring residents from leaving their homes for the next 15 days.

    The Cannes Film Festival is just one of many major events being canceled in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Just this week, the Met Gala and the CFDA Awards in New York City were canceled because of the virus. In the last few weeks other major events, such as SXSW and Coachella, were also canceled or postponed due to the pandemic.

    France has almost 11,000 confirmed cases and has experienced over 370 deaths due to COVID-19 as of March 19.
     
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    E-commerce Sites Start to Go Dark As Well
    Victoria’s Secret, Pink, and the TJX brands have closed both their stores and e-commerce businesses.

    The coronavirus shutdown is coming to more stores — and now to web sites as well.

    Victoria’s Secret has temporarily shut down its e-commerce site, along with sister brand Pink, after parent company L Brands Inc. closed stores for the two brands earlier in the week.

    And off-price giant TJX Cos. Inc. said its stores in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia would be shuttered for two weeks. It is also halting business on tjmaxx.com, marshalls.com, and sierra.com while its offices and distribution centers will be closed as well.

    Kohl’s Corp. is closing its stores, but staying open for business online.

    The move to close web sites is a new and troubling development for the industry, which is trying to keep up with the fast-moving outbreak. Many had clearly been hoping to recoup some sales lost when stores closed by ramping up online businesses, but apparently that won’t work — at least for every brand.

    A message on Victoria’s Secret homepage said: “With constant breaking news regarding COVID-19, we have made the decision to temporarily close our online store through March 29. As with our previous announcement regarding store closures, we will be paying associates who are impacted by these actions. We ask for your understanding during this time relative to orders you may have placed that have not yet been fulfilled. Our customer care team will be sending out update e-mails in the next few days regarding order status.”

    Earlier in the week, the lingerie brand’s parent company temporarily closed stores across all three brands, including the Bath & Body Works brand, until March 29. Leslie H. Wexner, founder and chairman of L Brands, said in a note to associates at the time that “For the Bath & Body Works business, we will continue to review the decision to potentially reopen select locations to meet our customers’ essential needs for hand soap and antibacterial products.”

    L Brands wouldn’t comment on why it decided to shut down the lingerie brands’ web sites. Instead, a representative from the company directed WWD to a recent regulatory filing that disclosed the information.

    “Subsequent to the issuance of the [March 17] press release, the company made the decision to suspend all new e-commerce orders for Victoria’s Secret and Pink through March 29, 2020,” the document reads. “The Bath & Body Works e-commerce business will continue to operate with prioritization on soaps and hand sanitizers. This business is fulfilled by a third party whose ability to continue to perform these services may be affected by developing circumstances. These decisions will be re-evaluated as new information becomes available regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.”

    At TJX, which is one of the strongest retailers in the apparel world, steps were also taken to bolster the firm’s finances.

    The company is drawing down $1 billion from its revolving credit facilities, suspending share repurchases, evaluating its dividend and looking to cut expenses.

    Ernie Herrman, CEO and president, said: “TJX entered 2020 in a very strong financial position. We consider the actions that we announced today as just prudent steps we are taking to further strengthen our financial liquidity and flexibility during this uncertain environment. Additionally, while we are evaluating our dividend in the near term, I want to emphasize that we remain committed to paying our dividends whenever the environment normalizes for the long term, as we have been for decades.”

    For now, Kohl’s is pressing on online and locking up its stores.

    “We are closing all Kohl’s stores through at least April 1,” said Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief executive officer. “We will support store associates with two calendar weeks of pay. We will continue to serve customers on Kohls.com and our Kohl’s App, and we look forward to reopening our stores soon to serve families across the country.”
     
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    These Celebrities Are Donating to Fight the Coronavirus Pandemic
    The likes of Blake Lively, Lady Gaga, Ciara, Justin Bieber, and more celebrities are making donations to local charities to fight the coronavirus.

    Celebrities are making donations to fight the coronavirus.

    Several high-profile names, including Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, among others, are taking to social media to reveal their donations to various local and national charities, such as Feeding America or No Kid Hungry, which work to provide food for children and low-income individuals who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    These celebrities join a growing list of influential figures and major brands that have also made donations to combat the pandemic, including powerhouse influencer Chiara Ferragni, who alongside her husband, Fedez, has raised more than 4 million euros in donations to Milan’s San Raffaele hospital.

    Here, WWD compiles a list of several celebrities who are making donations to combat COVID-19.

    Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds:

    The actors revealed in Instagram posts on March 16 they are donating $1 million to be split between Feeding America and Food Banks Canada to help provide meals to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Kristen Bell:

    Actress Kristen Bell announced on March 18 she and her young daughters are donating $150,007.96 to No Kid Hungry, an organization that works to end childhood hunger.

    The odd number in the donation is due to Bell’s young daughters, who are aged five and six, asking to pitch in money from their piggy banks, according to Bell’s Instagram post.

    Ciara & Russell Wilson:

    Musician Ciara and her husband, Seattle Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson, revealed on Instagram on March 17 they are donating one million meals to Food Lifeline, a nonprofit that’s providing meals in the Seattle area.

    Lady Gaga:

    Lady Gaga’s beauty line, Haus Labs, announced on Instagram on March 16 that it is donating 20 percent of its sales from the last week to local food banks in Los Angeles and New York to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Justin Bieber:

    In February, Justin Bieber revealed on his Instagram that he was pledging $29,000 to the Beijing Chunmiao Charity Foundation, a children’s charity in China, to help combat COVID-19 in the nation.

    Justin Timberlake:

    The singer revealed on Twitter on March 15 that he is donating an undisclosed amount to Mid-South Foodbank, which is part of Feeding America, to deliver food to people in the Memphis, Tenn. area. He also urged his followers to support their local communities.

    Jimmy Fallon:

    “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon tweeted on March 15 that he made a donation to Feeding America.

    “Right now I’m thinking about what we can do to help our most vulnerable populations,” he wrote. “Children who are losing the one meal they may rely on per day, our friends and family who are facing job issues, the elderly and low-income families.”

    Vanessa Hudgens:

    Actress Vanessa Hudgens took to Instagram on March 13 to share her donation to Feeding America.

    “It’s a crazy time out there in the world,” she wrote. “School closures, job disruptions, lack of paid sick leave and the coronavirus’ disproportionate impact on adults age 60 and older and low-income families are all contributing to the demands placed on food banks across the country.”
     
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    Queen Elizabeth Releases Statement on Coronavirus Pandemic
    “We know that many individuals and families across the United Kingdom, and around the world, are entering a period of great concern and uncertainty.”

    Queen Elizabeth II has made her first public remarks on the coronavirus pandemic.

    Buckingham Palace released a statement today from the queen, stating that everyone is being advised to change their normal routines for “the greater good of the communities we live in and, in particular, to protect the most vulnerable within them.”

    “We know that many individuals and families across the United Kingdom, and around the world, are entering a period of great concern and uncertainty,” the statement reads. “At times such as these, I am reminded that our nation’s history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one, concentrating our combined efforts with a focus on the common goal.”

    The statement reveals that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arrived in Windsor today. The palace said on March 13 that the queen would be leaving for Windsor Castle for the Easter holiday a week earlier than planned in light of COVID-19. She will also remain at the castle beyond the Easter holiday period, according to the initial press release.

    She also states that the royal family “stand ready to play our part” in fighting the pandemic.

    The statement was shared by other members of the royal family on Instagram, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, and Kate Middleton, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

    In the U.K., there are more than 2,600 confirmed COVID-19 cases and there have been 60 deaths as of March 19.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the schedules of the royal family. In addition to leaving for Windsor Castle a week earlier, the queen also canceled her upcoming travel to Cheshire and Camden in England for later this month.

    Princess Beatrice, the queen’s granddaughter, canceled her upcoming royal wedding on May 29 at Buckingham Palace due to COVID-19, according to a March 18 release. It was also revealed on March 18 that Prince George and Princess Charlotte would be homeschooled as of March 20 as their school, Thomas’s Battersea transitions to remote learning amid the pandemic.

    Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles, also canceled their royal tour of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Jordan in March because of COVID-19.
     
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    [“Like everyone else, I have been experiencing this COVID-19 crisis as a series of hurtling developments, where one never knows quite what each new day will bring,” she said. “Through it all, one fact, however, remains stubbornly unchanged: President Trump. I, like so many of us, have been appalled by how he has responded to the pandemic — the optimistic and fact-free assurances that all will be fine, the chaotic implementation of travel bans and claims about a ‘foreign virus,’ the narcissistic ease with which he has passed the blame to others, his dishonesty with the American people, and worst of all, his shocking lack of empathy and compassion for those who are suffering and fearful.”

    As for Biden, Wintour noted that he “is unmistakably a man of character and has so many qualities that we are in desperately short supply of in Washington right now: decency, honor, compassion, trustworthiness and, best of all, experience. I know that we will get through COVID-19, but on the other side more challenges await — not the least of which is grappling with our ongoing climate crisis.” She also praised his decision to commit to choosing a woman vice president and added that these weeks have been a reminder that “America must choose a new president.”]

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    HOW HERVÉ LÉGER’S CHRISTIAN JUUL NIELSEN IS COPING WITH CORONAVIRUS ISOLATION

    written by Charles Manning March 18, 2020

    Today, The Daily is launching a new series we are informally referring to as the “Cabin Fever Diaries,” where we check in with some of our favorite designers, influencers, models, and other fashion insiders to find out how they are coping with social distancing, isolation, and quarantine during the Coronavirus crisis.

    We are kicking things off with Christian Juul Nielsen, creative director of Herve Leger and founder of Aknvas.

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    Christian Juul Nielsen

    Where are you right now and who are you with?
    In my apartment on the 44th floor, which I recently turned into my work studio by bringing in a stockman [dress form], a huge pile of foam boards, and several bags of fabric/knit swatches. My boyfriend is occupying the living room, sketching shoes.

    What are you wearing right now?
    A gray cashmere sweater and brown Adidas jogging pants.

    What is your theme song right now?
    I’ve been trying to learn the theme song from Frozen 2 in Danish. I sing it while I’m washing my hands, too. I know how impressed my six-year-old niece will be once I get home.

    What do you miss most about life before isolation?
    Dirty martinis. I don’t know how to make them myself

    How are you staying active?
    I’ve actually had a few external meetings, which I’ve gone to on foot. I go everywhere by foot. I’m also working out in my home gym.

    How has your personal hygiene been?
    I’ve learned that excessive exfoliation in the morning makes my face very red.

    What have you been eating?
    I love making soups and I’ve been adding random ingredients like cabbage, which is still available in most supermarkets and is full of vitamin C.

    What are you doing to help others right now?
    I’m currently draping a jacket for the City Year New York red jacket campaign. [City Year is a non-profit service organization devoted to supporting the development, growth, and success of students in systemically under-resourced schools.]

    Also, I held the door for a girl in my building this morning. She still grabbed the door handle.

    If you could be in isolation with anyone, who would it be?
    Britney Spears. I have so many questions.

    What supply did you probably buy too much of?
    Cheese. My fridge smells of it.

    What do you wish you had an unending supply of?
    Pouilly-Fumé! [A dry sauvignon blanc white wine produced around Pouilly-sur-Loire in central France.]

    What are the last three things you Googled?
    Abs
    Can stress cause chest pain?
    Girl Interrupted

    What’s the weirdest thing you’ve found yourself doing since distancing/isolating?
    I’ve been looking at a lot of TikTok videos.

    What are you binge watching while you’re in Isolation?
    I just finished Freaks! and started watching Westworld. I’m also reading Just Kids, by Patti Smith.

    How has this experience changed your outlook?
    I guess I’m learning that regular life is not that bad. It’s also reminding me of all the wonderful places I still have to visit in NYC. When this is all over, I want to explore north of Manhattan.

    What song would you like to sing to your neighbors from a balcony Italian style?
    Celine Dion’s “All by Myself”

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    Anyone have any thoughts what is going to happen to the model industry with many retailers bordering bankruptcy, no travel, and already depressed importance of models in general in the digital age?
     
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    lets start with fashion shows being declared dead and DONE!
    that should have already happened and it would be great for it to finally happen now...

    then-
    let's go to social media platforms and look are what designers are already doing...
    sending stuff to "influencers" and having them shoot their own pics...(keeps everyone apart and saves a lot of money on shoots, etc)

    a designer did an experiment (was it Yang Li?)...
    instead of a fashion show he sent a look to several people and had them shoot themselves and then send it back to him to showcase as the collection...
    that was cool and interesting...

    hopefully, people will be forced to finally rethink how the business of fashion is done and do it in a more modern and cooler way that is more in tune with the times we live in...

    :flower:

    shooting the clothes on mannequins would also help...
    or flat as still lifes...
    less intimate contact btween the stylist and make up artists...

    let's face it...things are going to change...
     
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    Designers at Home: What They’re Doing to Stay Sane and Entertained

    From backgammon and watching Netflix to cooking up new recipes, Pilates and home schooling, fashion designers are keeping busy while sequestered at home.

    By WWD Staff on March 23, 2020

    As the coronavirus pandemic tragically escalates, designers have found themselves working from home, contemplating the future and thinking about how things will change once this is hopefully behind everyone — plus trying to determine what they can do to be helpful in this time of global crisis. Meanwhile, they, like many others worldwide, are trying to creatively use their time — cooking new dishes, practicing yoga, homeschooling their kids, reading or watching movies and more to keep themselves occupied.

    With so many people’s lives upended, here’s what designers had to say as they are #WFH (working from home), although a few intrepid souls are still working from the office.

    Donna Karan

    “I’m out East in the Hamptons trying to find the calm in the chaos. I’m maintaining my physical and spiritual practices, meditating in the morning and before bed. Practicing Pilates via Zoom with my instructor Kira S. Lamb. I take walks on the beach, take pictures, create color stories with rocks. I’m also working with my Urban Zen team daily focusing our efforts, nurturing our community digitally through e-commerce, Instagram, e-mail communication and video conferences. Communication, connecting, collaborating, creativity, community and change continue to be the driving force for everything that I do and more than ever I see this as a call to action. We’re working with Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, and our Urban Zen integrative therapists to figure out how we can help our health-care system. Locally we’ve made donations to God’s Love We Deliver, Food Banks NYC, Meals on Wheels and Sag Harbor Food Pantry to reach children affected by school closures and the elderly in need. There’s no going back, the world and our life will never be the same. Let’s take the time now to reflect, reset, appreciate nature, and create the change that we need for our future.”

    Tommy Hilfiger

    “I’m doing a lot of FaceTime with friends and family and keeping up on what is going on in the news, making sure my family is safe, but otherwise exercising and playing backgammon with Dee [his wife].”

    Diane von Furstenberg

    “I talk to my family wherever they are. I am working on a new book. I go on walks. I write my diary…I do jigsaw puzzles on my iPad while I listen to the news or books on Audible. I try to come up with ideas to help while not being able to move. I am trying to think what are the lessons to take from this.”

    Virgil Abloh

    “Even before the current crisis I’ve always managed my different studios using a mix of digital and physical touch points. Nothing is more important than constant communication, whether on iMessage, WhatsApp, e-mail, etc. What makes this current situation unique is that deadlines themselves are not certain.

    “Naturally I am an optimist, and I think the remedy for this situation is optimism and compassion. Creativity and our profession of design can be an escape. We’re able to channel spirited work in these dire times, and I do believe a more heartfelt world will emerge. My mode of thinking is using this time to reflect and research. YouTube is a tremendous resource for learning and short documentaries on just about any topic. I look at this time as a massive timeout. Our world was moving so fast, we can look at this as a much-needed rest and time for reflection in some aspects.”

    Jason Wu

    “It took some time for me to get used to, but I’m finding a new balance now with working from home. Not being in the office, we had to adapt with using FaceTime and text messaging to communicate with each other working remotely these days. I’m finding ways to inspire myself, reconnecting with the simple things in life. Using this opportunity with being at home, I’m catching up on movies that I wanted to see like ‘Little Women,’ and ‘The Joker,’ and rewatching old favorites such as ‘Death Becomes Her’ and ‘Bring It On,’ to keep things lighthearted and fun. I also challenged myself to cook a new dish every night for dinner—meals that I’ve never made before. I successfully made my first pizza yesterday from scratch, which was really inspiring, and tonight I’m attempting Indian butter chicken with Naan bread and planning to share it on my new food journal @mrwueats.”

    Joseph Altuzarra

    “I’ve always been a big reader, and if there is any silver lining to social distancing, it’s that I have more time to get through some of my to-be-read list. I just finished ‘Exhalation’ by Ted Chiang, which I loved, and started on Stephen King’s ‘It.’ It’s just what I need right now: it’s totally engrossing, and very long! Next on the list: ‘How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy’ by Jenny Odell, and ‘The Power’ by Naomi Alderman.

    “My husband and I have also been watching a lot of great TV and movies. We’re particularly loving the new Hillary Clinton documentary.”

    Derek Lam

    “For me, when it is chaos outside, I find it extremely comforting to keep busy by organizing….I’m no Marie Kondo, but, so far, my sock drawer looks amazing!! I have to spread the job out, though, in anticipation there may be more days ahead, which requires us to be home.”

    Trina Turk

    “I took a knotting workshop awhile ago, so playing around with making some wall hangings. Finally using that stash of rope that’s been sitting in my garage.”

    Emily Smith, creative director, Lafayette 148

    “I would have never guessed how busy a day from home could be! Between the video chats with my teams, virtual fittings with our factory overseas and desperately trying to find surface space in my New York apartment to work on the spring 2021 color and concepts is getting interesting. There is something nice about working in a quiet environment, having good Eighties films on in the background and playing with color while going through my old books for inspiration…there are some good ones I forgot I had.”

    Eileen Fisher

    “As with so many other business and community leaders, recent days have been dedicated to ongoing conversations and planning with our leadership team. All of us, everywhere, are needing to find new ways to connect and to be there for each other. I’m taking time to reflect on how potential breakthrough business models might impact the future and shift our culture. I do my best to invite movement into my daily routine — I’m able to think more clearly, understand the deeper wisdom of my body and relate to myself and others more openly. I love kundalini yoga and have a daily practice. It helps me stay grounded — something that’s more important than ever right now.”

    Olivier Rousteing

    “I’m alone in the office. I’m working on my own because I need to launch the collections — resort women, resort men and fashion show men’s. I’m using FaceTime and WhatsApp with all the others on the team. People are really learning to be more digital than ever. The big problem is not being able to have a fitting with a model. We send garments to our fit model or some people from the team try things on to test the fit. I tell my team, ‘Let’s be creative no matter what!’ We remain positive. My team is young and comes from all over the world. We just stay connected to each other.

    “We need to go back to the roots, to no boundaries, no judgments. Fashion is now at a restart moment, and the system is completely re-questioned. Luxury is going to have a new meaning. Everything is going to be re-questioned. I think we need to be ready and propose some hope and some new ideas.”

    Dennis Basso

    “I can’t remember when I have ever stayed home so much, removing the terrible problem from your head for a while makes it really nice. To take my mind off the news, I have been working on resort, and my spring collection for QVC, cooking and eating, reading and eating, organizing my closets and eating. Somehow every activity or amusement goes back to eating. We came to Water Mill [New York] and now I’m focused on the spring clean-up outside. I feel fortunate to be able to come out here and enjoy the outdoors.”

    Prabal Gurung

    “I am taking this time to literally slow down, stop and rethink my values and how I can evolve personally, and evolve my brand from this experience. I think this should be an important time of reflection and introspection for us all. On a lighter note, I am finally able to read the books I have been putting off due to my busy schedule — I am catching up on shows, and podcasts. I’m continuing to work out: I went running last night. Also, I keep up my daily routine of dancing by myself for at least an hour a day to pop, R&B and Bollywood music…then I whip out my karaoke machine and sing it out loud…no complaints yet!

    “I am blessed that my mother lives in my building — we are practicing the 6-foot distance rule to keep us both, but especially her, safe. Her food has been healing, and her advice is enlightening as always. I am such a social person, so in order to stay sane I am finding ways to stay connected with loved ones virtually. I am doing this via text messages, phone calls, e-mails and above all Instagram Live chats. I connect with my followers and we share thoughts and ideas. If I am lucky, I am sometimes joined by fellow thought leaders like Phillip Lim and Tina Craig.

    “This is truly a moment to take a pause, reflect on the past, assess the present and then think about ways to move forward. These solutions might not be immediate, so it’s important we create a channel of communication between our friends, peers, industry leaders, and each and every one of us from every tier. It’s important to share thoughts and ideas to try and work toward something powerful that allows us to come out on the other side of this stronger, more resilient than ever and above all kinder, empathetic and altruistic. It is also a time for us to allow each other to feel every emotion, and to validate their importance for one another. These are anxious times and it’s important that we listen with open hearts.

    “One thing that this particular moment is teaching me is how during the time of crisis, basic raw human emotions and characteristics are displayed. We really get to see love, compassion and empathy alongside apathy, xenophobia and fear. The way I see it, we are all in this together and no one is alone. The first step to finding your community in a crisis is to be vulnerable and admit you are afraid, and ask for help. Inherently, the majority of the people in this world, given a choice between doing good and bad, will choose doing good. For we are humans with hearts that beat with empathy and love.”

    Massimo Giorgetti

    “I actually worked until last Friday when I decided to stock up with books and magazines. The truth is that I haven’t opened one yet. My husband is working from home and, since the woman who helps us at home is currently not working, I’m taking care of the house. Every day I do the dishes, I clean, I vacuum and I do reorganize stuff. I’m really discovering the pleasure of taking care of the house and in a certain way I feel it’s therapeutic…while I reorganize things, I have the perception I’m also reorganizing myself. I have a busy life and I really never have the chance to enjoy my house. This is the right moment to do this, also considering that I feel super grateful to have a nice house with a lot of space for me and my husband. I’m fully aware that I’m super lucky because it’s not the same for everyone. In addition, I do yoga every day with online classes and I’m doing a lot of headstands, which help me to focus and reflect. After the practice, I meditate about 15 minutes. I usually do yoga early in the morning, but now being home I’m also discovering the pleasure for example of practicing at dusk. Also, finally, the treadmill I ordered has been delivered. This enables me to run 30 minutes a day….I knew that sport is important for me, but since the gyms have been shut down I really realized that it’s an essential part of my routine. And I’m cooking a lot…me and my husband are currently avoiding eating meat and fish. We are cooking a lot of vegetables, we are drinking a lot of green tea with ginger and turmeric infusions…it’s a way to fight the negative mood of this period. And I stopped watching Netflix, because I think the overall quality is not that great. Instead, I’m watching ‘Hunters’ on Amazon Prime Video and I think I’ll watch ‘1917’ again.”

    Rebecca Minkoff

    “I am still working back to back on calls and e-mails and taking breaks to bake with my kids, cook all my meals, go on long walks, make friendship bracelets with my daughter and coloring!”

    Alberta Ferretti

    “The impact of the coronavirus in this moment is evident and for sure it changed my routine. Since a few days, I asked my team to work remotely and I’m in touch with them over the phone, via WhatsApp or we exchange ideas through video calls. Thanks to these tools, despite everything, we feel ‘virtually together’ as if we were in my studio. Obviously, I’m enjoying my house more and I feel lucky for this. It’s wide and sunny but above all surrounded by a green area. I spend much of my day in the library, where I can find a broad range of books on fashion and other topics and where I surf the Internet or draw. Naturally I cannot miss my Spotify playlists playing in the background! When I want to dedicate myself to reading, I do it immersed in the silence of nature surrounding me. I dedicate at least one hour of my time to physical activities either in my swimming pool and gym or running in the garden. I think it’s important to commit every day to this personal moment because it makes me feel good and restored. I have to say that, despite everything, I keep dealing with my projects also because my will and determination did not change. The moment is difficult, but I want to keep telegraphing a positive message and above all continuing to seek that dream of beauty that, I’m sure, will save us.”

    Joseph Abboud

    “We had done a road trip to the Florida Keys, and on the way back drove through Savannah and Charleston, which are beautiful with spectacular architecture. But now we’re back in Bedford [N.Y.] hanging around the house. It’s a good time for me to reflect on what I want to do next, but the weather is so nice, I’m preparing the garden. It’s good to be in the country.”

    Lela Rose

    “I truly wish I could tell you that I was home doing something to calm my nerves. I feel like we are in the midst of ‘small business triage’ and every waking minute is spent trying to deal with the ever-changing ‘new reality.’ Each couple of hours brings more trauma. If there is anything that I am trying to do to alleviate the heaviness and stay sane is to create lists of the ways to reinvent what we do to fit the future. I’m also doing this with my kids as an exercise to try and imagine what people will need at the end of this. I have always been entrepreneurial and I am trying to get my kids to think that way too…and they are just loving it (insert facetious emoji here).”

    Kenneth Cole

    “I am currently working on an online initiative to support those who are struggling and/or most impacted during this difficult time. Stay tuned for more information in the coming days.”

    Vanessa Seward

    “I work in the mornings while my husband homeschools our nine-year-old daughter Jacqueline. For the moment, I still have things to do as I usually work from home anyways. In the afternoon, I usually watch a film with my daughter who loves old Hollywood movies, right now we’re finishing an Audrey Hepburn DVD collection. She also helps me tidy my archives, which is fun as I have tons of evening dresses and accessories [that] are a lot of fun to try on. We have also started a card tournament all together where we play an Argentine card game called Carioca once a day.”

    Nicole Miller

    “With my extra home time, I have been cooking up a storm. I made some exotic Indian food — aloo masala, a potato dish and a fish curry, Meen Agassi. I got a lot of Asia spices so I can experiment. Also, I just got back from Thailand and Malaysia so I can experiment with those cuisines as well. Also, making steak au poivre tonight, one of my staples. I have stocked up on a lot of pasta and arborio rice at Eataly Fidi, too. So food wise, I think I’m set.

    “I am also catching up on some reading — ‘Me: Elton John,’ ‘She’s a Rainbow: The Extraordinary Life of Anita Pallenberg: The Black Queen.’ ‘The Family Upstairs’ by Lisa Jewel, and ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth,’ since I had seen the movie.

    “We’ve been doing a lot of FaceTime group phone calls, trying to learn a new way to work. Doing lots of research. Trying to keep Netflix to a minimum!”

    Mark Badgley and James Mischka

    “We are working on our temporary outdoor ‘office’ at home in West Palm Beach. And homeschooling our three dachshunds!”

    Chiara Boni

    “I’m actually doing my best to stay optimistic and to share the optimism all around. Social media is really a good way to do it! Every morning I ritually do my workout then I spend my day between smart working and good reading. The evening sometimes is for special romantic dinners with my love.”

    Todd Snyder

    “Besides keeping the business running via FaceTime, as we are all working from home. I had a new baby girl, Alexandra Liv, just two months ago so I’ve been enjoying that with my fiancé. Have been keeping busy catching up on all our shows. We are currently finishing up ‘Fleabag.”’

    John Moore, creative director, Outerknown

    “I’m used to running out of the house early to get to the studio, so I’ve been enjoying mornings making pancakes for the family before remote school starts. I’ve been sketching and reading more — working on puzzles, too. Trying not to get overly consumed with the news, I’ve picked up magazines (yes, real magazines) that have been stacking up for a while, and catching up on podcasts. To curb the stress, I’ve been walking the dog between phone calls and video meetings, though, I’ve really enjoyed seeing the smiling faces of our staff on video calls, and seeing the optimistic correspondences of hope and understanding from our supply partners all over the world. Outerknown works in 11 nations including China and Italy and all of our partners are working together to get through this. These are unprecedented times, but my mind remains very hopeful, searching for answers, solutions, and deeper meaning, as the earth is getting some much-needed reprieve from the gross industrial impact we make every day.'”

    Bobby Kim, cofounder and designer, The Hundreds

    “One thing that’s been really helpful…is that I have kids at home that are five and seven, and I find them so inspiring. We are having to home school them now and every morning, I sit across from them at the kitchen table and…I give them the news, we are pretty transparent about the raw stuff. And I just watch them absorb it. They are so good at adapting, and so malleable, they don’t plan 20 years ahead, they are immediate, like what do I need? I need to be fed, I need my family, I need the roof over my head. That’s pretty much it. So I check in with them every day and ask if they are sad, and they say, ‘well, I miss my friends.’ And I miss my friends, too. But if I said we’re moving to Nicaragua, they’d say ‘OK.’ For me, that would be very complicated. I would have a lot of heartache, stress and anxiety about it. But I watch them and say, ‘I used to able to do that, and I can do that again.’ I just got so set in my routines and expectations of what the world is supposed to be that it’s hard for me to break that mold. I need to adapt. Everyday it’s a new normal, it’s new rules, but what do we need? The essentials. Right now, I’m fed, I’m sheltered, and I have my family. That’s all it was ever really about anyway.”

    Phillip Lim

    “Right now I’m just trying to be present and breathe. I’ve been cooking all of the dishes from my cookbook, ‘More Than Our Bellies,’ and sharing them on my Instagram. For me, food is love. I started cooking because I missed my mom, and cooking during this time is generating memories filled with love that are helping me through this. Through food and intention, I am able to feel my mom’s presence in the kitchen and it reminds me to be grateful. I hope that sharing my recipes can help the people connect with their loved ones in a time where we can’t interact face to face.”

    Alber Elbaz

    “It’s a different world. We’re bombarded with very difficult news. We’re all devastated. It’s not a situation we’re used to, and it’s all quite scary. Our hope for the future is to bring back beauty and we have to work hard to make it happen.

    “It’s been a few days [since the lockdown] and we have to adapt to new surroundings, to not work as a team, but to work as individuals. It’s a moment when we’re going back to the essence of things. I’m hoping that it’ll be over soon so we can go back to doing what we’re used to doing. I believe we are going to find a way together and we’re going to make it happen. I’m a person who is always pessimistic in the short term, but optimistic in the long term.

    “Designers are like antennae: we are catching things, feelings and attitudes. That’s where design starts. That will bring something different to fashion, a new perspective.”

    Andrew Gn

    “We are simultaneously designing cruise, which is supposed to be presented by the middle of June, and spring 2021. It’s difficult to work when you have a design team. It’s not the same to work over Skype, phone or e-mail. We really have to improvise. It’s only been two days now. It’s really hard.

    “We may have to meet up at some point. When you have to commission a piece of brocade, or piece of tweed, or inspect an embroidery, it’s hard to do remotely. And we’re known for our handcraft, details and fabrics.

    “That said, hardship and difficulties will push creativity to the maximum. We know we have to create desire. There’s a trend back to maximalism, and after a crisis, people will want something special. This is the time to create something exceptional.”

    Johnny Coca, who is leaving as creative director of Mulberry

    “Designers are always running and flying around, and there is never time to stop and think. What I’m going to do is make an inventory of my clothes and shoes, what I wear, what I don’t wear, what needs to be cleaned or given away. I love buying ready-to-wear from all different brands, so now it’s time to understand what’s actually there.”

    Ludovic de Saint Sernin

    “I haven’t actually stopped working because my studio is also my apartment, which is quite lucky. I really want to do as much as I can to continue to engage with my community and keep up the good work. We actually just released these gorgeous incense burners, which I love because they’re the perfect little piece of ceramic that will give you a peaceful and quiet energy for the confinement. And when I am done, I love watching British shows on Netflix, like ‘Doctor Foster’ or ‘The Stranger.’ I also love ‘Killing Eve’ with a delicious glass of white wine — you’re sure to have a good night alone or with your quarantine companion!”

    Kenzo Takada

    “The situation is difficult. I sympathize with everyone, especially those who are sick and all the carers who are doing incredible work. Everyone must make the effort to isolate in order to protect ourselves from this virus. I make the most of the confinement to get ahead in my work. I’m in contact every day with my team and we’re going forth with our projects, because I have hope that we are going toward a better future. I draw and paint, watch the news and make good use of my free time to chat on the phone with certain of my close friends.”

    Aurélien Arbet, cofounder and creative director, Etudes Studio

    “While this period is mostly spent working and catching up with the Études team, the best part — when I have a minute — is being able to dig through my collection of artist books and vinyl records. It is rare to spend so much time close to this special material. I am sure some new ideas will come out of this situation.”

    Victoria Feldman and Tomas Berzins

    “As we are a couple both in real life and in work, even when isolated, we manage to combine our personal and professional lives. We make the most of the situation by sleeping a little later in the morning, having breakfast in bed, cooking together and living like a real couple — something we can’t necessarily do during fashion week or just by being part of this industry and its crazy rhythm! It also means we can continue working. Even if the future is a bit uncertain, we want to stay positive and think about our next collection.”

    Nicola Brognano

    “I usually love to spend time alone at home, I do that quite frequently, but being in quarantine is very different. I’m listening to a lot of music, in particular songs from my teenage years, which I had totally forgot. I’m training a lot because I feel the need to keep moving and I’m watching a lot of Netflix. I’ve started ‘Elite,’ which people love, but I’m at the third episode and I’m not sure I like it. I’m rewatching ‘Downton Abbey,’ which I love, as well as ‘Desperate Housewives’ — that’s my favorite series ever. I’m also watching again and again all the movies by Ferzan Özpetek, my favorite director. And I’m working a lot on the pre-collections for both my brand and Blumarine. The fact that I’m home with a lot of time enables me to keep making changes and trying to sketch better and better things, which is good and bad at the same time, especially because it makes thing slower.”

    Angela Missoni

    “I still go to the company every day, because our factory is open and I’m currently designing the women’s pre-fall and men’s spring collections. Luckily, the company is just five minutes by car from my house. We are reconsidering the way we work in every different area and it’s challenging. Every day I talk to the people in the factory and we try to help them with some extra comforts. For example, we organized a system to have the grocery shopping delivered at their houses. I have to say that I feel grateful because everyone is super collaborative. I feel also lucky because when I look out the window I see the beauty of nature and that spring is coming. That brings a touch of positivity to our everyday life in such a difficult moment.”

    J.J. Martin

    “Since the virus gripped Milan, myself and my business have had to mobilize in a whole new way. We’ve had all of our events canceled — including ones to celebrate our collaboration with Fabrizio Viti at Galeries Lafayette in Paris and with Sotheby’s in London this week — and my entire company is now working from home, activated at their laptops and keeping our beautiful business running. Same for me. I’m at home, which I only moved into three weeks ago, with my dog Pepper for company and in between endless conference/WhatsApp/Skype calls — not only with my staff but also with concerned relatives and friends in need — and reaching out to our DoubleJ community on our Instagram Stories, I am trying to unpack boxes, organize my space and in the last couple of days, build my altar! It’s hard being cut off, especially as a designer; it’s extremely difficult to design a new resort collection remotely, which is what we’re trying to do. But I’ve found that it’s important to also make time to reflect, meditate, breath through what is happening to us and around us — so is getting out of my sweatpants and putting on joyful, mood-boosting colorful clothes the same way I would if I was going into the office or meeting friends.”

    Alessandro Dell’Acqua

    “I’m facing this difficult moment with bitterness but also rationally and with a sense of responsibility. On a personal level I’m living my quarantine privileging the wellness of the body and mind. Professionally, I managed to deliver the upcoming pre-collection and men’s lineup and I spend much of my daytime focusing on the research of international emerging designers, an activity that unfortunately I don’t usually have time to do. We will need to rethink a lot of things and get back [to regular life] with strength and enthusiasm bringing quality and content at the center.”

    Lorenzo Serafini, creative director, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini

    “We’re all confined at home and it looks like a surreal scenario putting us under pressure. During these days I’m continuing to develop the upcoming resort 2021 collection. Conference calls and group chats have become the only tools to work from home and this activity projected toward the future helps me keep a positive mood. I don’t watch Netflix series, but I discovered that regular reading is the most effective antidote to discouragement. I picked cheerful and vintage books such as novels by Jackie Collins and David Leavitt. During a sleepless night, I decided to create a Spotify account for Philosophy to which I’m adding my favorite songs by artists ranging from Amanda Lear to Serge Gainsbourg’s ‘Blondie’ and Brian Ferry, to keep company to those who still believe in the power of music to travel and dream.”

    Giuseppe Zanotti

    “I’m spending my quarantine at home in Longiano, a very small village near Cesena, 10 km from the factory. To spend so much time at home feels unprecedented. As most people in the business, I am always traveling, and I never stop. During these days, I organize a lot of calls with my design and development teams. I am trying my best to keep some sort of normal routine. I am having lunch (and dinner) at home every day, and this is totally new for me. It means healthier food, a lot of vegetables and fresh eggs from my hens. This new routine will help me reconnect with nature and losing some weight (at least). I spend most of the day in my new home office that I have set up for the time being and I walk my dog Leone within my property. What strikes me the most these days is silence: there is no traffic, no noise, nobody is loud anymore, we all whisper…I’ve learned to listen to silence and to myself. I really hope that this tragic nightmare will lead to a new balance in everybody’s life at least.”

    Gilda Ambrosio and Giorgia Tordini, founder, The Attico

    “We are going through a difficult moment: our daily lives have been turned upside down and we find ourselves forced at home, from where we are working together with our team remotely. Fortunately, none of us has been affected by the virus, but knowing that Italy and the world are in this situation make us live in a state of alert. It’s not easy to plan the work of the upcoming months while everything has stopped, but we think it is important to do it to start again soon and stronger than before.

    “The opportunity to access many museums virtually gives us the chance to find inspirations and ideas that we would not have thought of in a different situation: from the daily #innerviews of Fondazioine Prada to the possibility of visiting distant museums such as the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg and the virtual itinerary of Art Basel offered by Galleria Massimo De Carlo. The time that has necessarily [slowed down] enables us to think in a new dimension, slower but also deeper. Obviously there is also time to think about ourselves so we do Pilates and online workout sessions, take care of our bodies, follow ‘Vogue Beauty Secrets’ on YouTube, read and listen to lots of music.”

    Antonio Marras

    “It’s nice to reconcile with the world through manual work. When it is nature that commands, we must obey. I spend time embroidering. Embroidering takes time, patience, ability, concentration and lightness. Chatelaines used to embroider while they waited for the knights to return from the wars; ladies of good families used to embroider while their men traveled to discover new worlds; our grandmothers had always done it to embroider all that trousseau of sheets, towels and blankets that would have been used to set up a first home. Let’s remember it when all this will be over. The world needs our hands to reconcile with nature.”

    Carolina Castiglioni, creative director, Plan C

    “With my family we decided to stay in the mountains for a while. It’s really a terrible moment for everyone, but at the same time, I think we have to appreciate the positive aspects of this quarantine. My day is fully dedicated to my children. It’s challenging but I’m also learning a lot. We watch together the school videos, we try to understand the things they have to learn using creativity sometimes. We are all learning to do new things together. In the afternoon, I work and I try to stay active, but before I always take a break on the terrace enjoying the sun.”

    Cesare Casadei, creative director, Casadei

    “I’m immersing myself into art, music, comics and everything that can stimulate my imagination to work on the spring 2021 [collection] and to escape. I also spend time at home with my wife, Alessandra, and Blade, my three-year-old dog.”

    Anine Bing, founder and chief creative officer, Anine Bing

    ‘While I adapt to working from home, I’m also juggling being with the kids who are now at home, too. In the mornings, we’re doing the kids’ homework before I start the day’s work. The kids have been joining in, helping with ‘at home’ content shoots I’ve been filming as we all get used to our new routines. We have been taking lunchtime walks for fresh air as a family and I try to find some time to meditate when I feel anxious. The silver lining of this unprecedented situation is getting to spend more time with my kids, who motivate me everyday.”

    Hannah Weiland, creative director and founder, Shrimps

    “As I am six months pregnant and in the higher risk category, I have left London and am working from the countryside, so I feel very lucky that I get to go outside and walk amongst the fields of uplifting daffodils. I do think fresh air and being around nature if possible is so important for staying positive. Working from home is a completely new experience and one my team and I are just getting into; [but] so far so good. We are doing team meetings on Google hangouts and have WhatsApp groups for specific projects.”

    Rejina Pyo

    “I am grateful that myself and my team are able to work from home during this time. We currently start the day with a team meeting on Zoom, so we can all check in with each other and run through tasks for the day. We stay in constant communication through messaging, calls and e-mail throughout the day, which I think keeps us all feeling connected and positive. I am valuing spending more time at home with my family, cooking and playing with my son Luka, which is keeping me very active at the moment.”

    Olivia von Halle

    “I think for many people working from home, switching off at the end of the day is one of the greatest challenges, but it’s so essential in order to avoid burnout. I try to draw a line between work time and me time and have found that creating an evening ritual allows me to move mentally — if not physically — into a new space. I’m a huge fan of baths and have the whole ritual down to a fine art. I turn my phone onto airplane mode, run myself a super hot bath with Jo Malone bath oils and unwind in the tub for an hour or two with a good book and a G&T, before slipping into my favorite jaguar print pajamas. It is more important than ever to practice appreciation and find joy in the everyday.”

    Harris Ree

    “Day to day, I have honestly just been blasting King Princess or [Antonio] Vivaldi, changing my outfits around every hour, sewing away and brainstorming. I have a huge board and keep pinning ideas and concepts, too, as it’s important to visually see what you want to achieve. I keep reminding myself the best work in my opinion comes in situations where you have to truly work with what you have right in front of you.”

    Charlie Hedin, creative director, Tekla

    “People start to realize the essential role of small things at their homes, which makes them feel in balance, whether it’s the tranquility of lighting up a candle, fresh flowers or reading a new book. I recently bought a lot of design and photo books, which I am excited about diving into. Time to step back and reflect.”

    Ashlynn Park, creative director, Ashlyn New York

    “I mostly watch the news and documentaries like ‘Pandemic,’ and ‘Our Planet’ from Netflix. Also studying about new viruses and teaching that to my kids why this pandemic happened and what should we do for our futures. People call this infection a zoonotic infection between species. And I also learned there is another opinion that Earth’s climate warming can bring hidden diseases in ice. It throws me the question about how to react and fight with these changes. How to adapt ’sustainability’ to the direction on the brand. I think it is not a time to have more clothing. It’s about having less but better quality so that the objects live longer with our life. Despite a lot of concerns, I try to be positive and think and develop the next smart season because this it the only thing I can do now.”

    Charaf Tajer, founder and creative director, Casablanca

    “I’m currently researching and starting to design the next collection while I’m in Hawaii for a photo shoot. Every day, I do 20 minutes of meditation in the morning and at night. I also do breathing exercises to help find inner peace and calm my anxiety during this stressful time for all of us. [We] need to remember it’s a temporary moment. One of my favorite movies I’ve been rewatching is the ‘The Darjeeling Limited’; it’s beautifully made and not stressful. I also love to listen to Brazilian music and find it brings joy and positivity. My favorite artists are Jorge Ben, Joao Gilberto and Seu Jorge. It’s super relaxing. I love to share positivity and beauty and in times like these, we cannot sink into darkness. Have to keep those negative thoughts away.”

    Christa Bösch and Cosima Gadient, cofounders and codesigners, Ottolinger

    “It’s a surreal feeling not being able to operate the way we are used to. Spring is finally here so the quarantine time is super bizarre but also interesting, and it feels like being a teenager — back in my mountain village again where the only way to connect was via phone and Internet — no bars or restaurants. Like now again — and we really enjoy being home and have long phone calls again. Other than that, we go running — there is no one around in the countryside anyways — work, read and we love cooking, so we cook a lot. Every day I create new special projects, yesterday I knotted friendship bracelets for the time we can all meet again, tonight I will start working on a salt dough project. Cosima just told me that she has a carrot cake project. All in all, it’s a feeling of being back in the future.”

    Chris Leba, creative director and chief executive officer, R13

    “These past few days have felt like a lifetime. We at R13 have had to make vast changes to adjust to our new reality with COVID-19 at the center. My days that used to be consumed with going into the office, are now focused around spending time with my two lovely daughters, Bella and Daisy, watching the ‘Frozen’ series. When I do have time for myself, I spend it exercising my body, doing burpees and sit-ups because in times like this, great physical health is vital to maintain.”

    Christian Jull Nielsen, creative director, Hervé Leger, and founder and creative director of AKNVAS

    “I’ve set up an entire workspace at home. Currently working on three different collections, (Hervé Leger, Hervé Leger Capsule and AKNVAS) plus a charity project, so I don’t have much time to kill. In addition to work, I’m reading ‘Just Kids’ by Patti Smith, categorizing images on my iPhone, and practicing ‘Frozen 2’ songs in Danish to impress my six-year-old niece.”

    Christian Wijnants

    “While I am at home, in my free time, I like to take care of the many plants we have here in my apartment. Re-planting them, moving them around, cleaning them, changing the ground….We have about 35 plants in the house, ZZ Plant, Chinese Money plant, Bunny Ear cactus, Fiddle Leaf Fig, Rubber Plant, Araucaria, Ficus Tree, Hedge Cactus, among others.

    “Another activity that I do when I am home for a longer period is to read and reread my old — and recent — comics. I have a big collection of Belgian and French ones, very diverse. They vary from a series I was reading as a child to science-fiction or more historical ones. Reading the same story over and over is very relaxing and comforting, it also brings back some memories from my childhood. Some of these stories include the Tintin series [and characters] such as Adèle Blanc Sec, Aldebaran, Persepolis, Largo Winch, Quai d’Orsay, Le Chat, Alix, Blake and Mortimer, Antares, Asterix, ‘La Patrouille des Castors.'”

    Christina Zeller, artistic director, Delvaux

    “Work as Delvaux’s artistic director never really stops, so I’m having a lot of work-related things done from home. I have been indulging in a guilty little pleasure though: I downloaded all of the music I was listening to when I was 18. Quite the eclectic musical selection of Gilbert O’Sullivan, The Carpenters, Roberta Flack and the Bee Gees! A trip down memory lane in anticipation for better days to come….”

    Claudia Li

    “Finally got the time to make my hair pinker….”

    Dion Lee

    “This week has been about concepting for the season ahead and sketching new ideas and silhouettes. I spent the last couple of weeks in Europe with friends after Paris market, spending time in Berlin and Tbilisi, so have had a break and some time to think about new ideas. Since working from home, I’ve been able to focus these new ideas into concepts, working with my design team over FaceTime and Zoom calls to stay connected.”

    Hanako Maeda, chief executive officer and creative director, Adeam

    “It’s been helpful for me to take a short afternoon break while working at home, to keep my concentration going. Since I’m spending more time at home, I’ve taken up baking, and made healthy sweets such as gluten-free banana bread or vegan strawberry jelly with kanten agar. These desserts have been a perfect afternoon treat to break from a day of e-mails, phone calls and Skype meetings.”

    James Miller, chief executive officer and chief creative officer, The Collected Group (Current/Elliott, Equipment and Joie)

    “My partner, Eric Rutherford, is finding the adjustment having me home perhaps a little distracting. I’ve taken to sneaking around taking photos of him trying to work, hiding in corners and generally looking for any way to avoid me. It’s very amusing…but that’s possibly just for me. I’m now mesmerized by ‘The Real Housewives’ franchise. This past weekend I tried a marathon run to see how many cast members were wearing some of our brands. Never fails to make me laugh when I see Kyle Richards in Equipment or a New York City housewife in Joie. True lockdown escapism at its best!”

    Jane Gottschalk, creative director and chief branding officer, Perfect Moment

    “I seem to be the only person I know who hasn’t watched the ‘Game of Thrones’ series, much to my friend’s annoyance. Eight seasons, here we come! Now is a great time to do something you’ve been putting off. I’m signing up to the Said Online Leadership course at Oxford University — I’ve been wanting to do it for months now but always pushed it back as not being a priority. I have to admit, I’ve already slipped back into workout gear as daily wear. With so many dogs and five kids, it’s also a good excuse to ‘sample’ the Perfect Moment activewear and feel comfortable and relaxed under the guise of ‘I’m about to work out.’ It’s a good time to let your hair find its natural oil levels — and find out your friend’s natural hair colors!”

    Jeff Rudes, chief executive officer and creative director of L’Agence

    “In reality, we are working hard on our go forward strategy with our customers. Once that is worked out, I’ll then watch movies in my theater. I’m looking forward to watching ‘Gone With the Wind’ — it’s a better war story than the one we’re living in now.”

    Michael Saiger, creative director, Miansai

    “Our family will be making use of this time to do some spring cleaning and spending time with [baby] Sunny while designing our latest collection from home or out paddle boarding in our backyard.”

    Siyung Qu, codesigner, Private Policy

    “I started the new morning ritual of lighting a Diptyque Geranium Rosa candle and turn on Tibetan Bowls sounds, and meditate, focusing on breathing, which is nice to have a calming moment early morning. Work from home is busier than I thought it would be. Busy energy is good for keeping a workaholic like me sane. I also try to add exercises at home, from washing hands 10 times a day, to planks, to finally enjoy my dance mat video game, like ‘Dance, Dance Generation,’ but the fun times. At night, our friends started video chat Happy Hour drinks or even dressed up night ‘in’ party. Instagram filters do help to create all the party looks and club neon scenes. Also, there are amazing DJs doing live videos. Mainly just keeping the positive vibe, sending love, stay calm and carry on!”

    Haoran Li, codesigner, Private Policy

    “I started to cook a lot more since I did not have time to cook in normal days. And I feel my diet is healthier more than ever before. I post them on Instagram sometimes, too. I have been doing a lot more online research for the new collection now since I am staying at home all day long. Also, I am following a list of different fitness YouTuber’s routines about in-home workouts since I have been staying in for the past week except for grocery shopping. Nintendo Switch becomes my best friend, ‘Just Dance’ is my new workout buddy and also I’m trying to ‘catch em all’ in my Pokemon Sword game.”

    Scott Studenberg

    “I work from home normally so not much has changed since the public restrictions have taken place. When I’m not working, I spend my time at home watching TV — really just ‘Love Island AU’ season two — cuddling with my dogs and taking CBD baths. I’ve used this time to focus on self-care such as rejoining dating apps and having flowers delivered to keep my days bright. Also I continue to get myself dressed for work and photograph my outfits daily.”

    Sue Jung, founder and creative director, Common Odds

    “Under current circumstances, which involuntarily slow things down, I am trying to spare some quiet time by disconnecting myself from constantly being alert from ongoing news to flip through some of my favorite art and design books and watch movies to look for inspirations, which helps take my mind off current affairs. I recently watched Luca Guadagnino’s movie, ‘The Staggering Girl’ and started rewatching my favorite Éric Rohmer movies, which are full of vintage colors and styles from the Sixties to the Eighties.”

    Victor Glemaud

    “On day three of my quarantine upstate, I work on e-mails awaiting fall 2020 order confirmations, while combining resort and spring 2021 design development. All in an effort to keep my business afloat. Besides that, I plan to take this time to leisurely catch up with old The New Yorker issues and to read books. I row and take daily walks. My Paris Pilates teacher Verena started a ’21 Days of Abundance’ meditation WhatsApp group, which I adore and forward to friends and family. Upcoming plans include farm work — which I’ve never done! I want to use this unprecedented time to discover new interests outside of fashion.”


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    ANGEL CHEN

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    What was your original itinerary this season?

    We were planning to show our new collection on the official schedule of Milan Fashion Week in February and at Shanghai Fashion Week in March. These are the two most important appointments for us every season. Fashion weeks in general represent a very strong platform to vocalise our creative vision, thoughts, and messages.

    What were your thoughts as the outbreak in China reached crisis point? And, how has it affected your brand?

    From the moment I grasped the magnitude of it all I had many different scenarios going through my head. But my first thought was about delays and disruption in terms of production. As most factories were closed until further notice everything became a bit uncertain given my collections are produced in China. Soon after this, travelling started to be an issue and I wasn’t able to attend the launch of Netflix’s Next in Fashion in US [Chen was a contestant in the hugely popular online fashion-based TV reality show]. I realised then how every single aspect of the business would be affected to the point when, as you know, everything stopped in China and it is now become a global problem.

    I started to apply a positive and proactive approach to my brand and to think about all the many opportunities this hard situation could prompt, such as innovative ways to present our collections and strengthen our e-commerce by looking into ways to improve it, optimise our digital presence and so forth.

    How do you think the delay or cancellation of industry events like fashion weeks are affecting Chinese designers like yourself?

    I see difficulties but also opportunities lying at the heart of these challenging events. The fashion industry globally is not at its best at the moment, sales are dropping and it may take a few seasons to recover but I also can see that younger designers and brands are responding passionately. I want to focus on the positives and I think this will be the chance to bring some more innovation into the fashion industry.

    Any future projects/collaborations to share with our readers?

    These days my followers can participate in the #DragonPrincessChallenge launched on our social channels. Thanks to the Netflix show, we’ve received an unprecedented amount of support from all our fans and we want to show our international partners (retailers, media, etc.,) that we can still grow and succeed in difficult times.

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    Bridget Foley’s Diary: The COVID-19 Impact Michael Kors Is Optimistic But Nervous, Too

    Positive thinking has long worked for Kors. He's not about to surrender now.

    By Bridget Foley on March 23, 2020

    Michael Kors walks the walk. His particular walk gravitates unfailingly to the sunny side of the street; he is as unrelenting an optimist as there is. Typically, Kors has to know that Capri Holdings, which now owns the brand he founded and at which he remains creative director nearly 40 yeas later, is paying the “Michael Kors family” employees whose specific jobs don’t allow for the work-at-home option. Still, he acknowledges that this crisis tests his optimism yet maintains that it has, at its core, a resilience strengthened by the array of challenges he’s overcome through the years. “I’ve ridden a lot of roller coasters,” Kors said.



    WWD: Michael, how are you feeling right now?

    Michael Kors: I always feel that no matter how rotten things can seem, I always try to look for the upbeat side of things. Right now, of course, is testing that optimism. But at the same time, everyone thinks I’m just this happy-go-lucky, funny guy. But 39 years in, I’ve ridden a lot of roller coasters, and I’m resilient and nervous at the same time. I’m scared, but at the same time, I believe in the human spirit and I have this roller coaster of emotions; both Lance [LePere, Kors’ husband] and I feel that way every day. I think we’re all overwhelmed with constant news, constant updates, and still trying to live our lives and run a business all at once.

    WWD: In the past week, the concept of running a business has changed tremendously.

    M.K.: That’s the greatest understatement that you could make. I am very type A; I couldn’t be more quintessential New York. I like everything planned out. I’m super organized. I normally know my calendar seven months ahead of time. I can tell you where I’ll be on Tuesday four months out. This has suddenly forced me as a human being, as a businessperson, as a creative person, to be — I don’t want to sound like I’m getting all new age-y, but ultimately to know that we have to go with the flow, we have to have contingency plans but at the same time flexibility is everything. I think fashion people, strangely enough, once we get past the idea that we’re used to the fashion calendar and all of that, we actually like change. We embrace something different, something new.

    We have normally three collections that we’re working on at one time. And now, I’m sitting and I’m strategizing and I’m like “Oh, I have no idea.” Resort is around the corner. Who is even thinking about getting dressed to go on vacation? That’s a tough one. We had already started the process.

    And for us, we work with Italy. I’m used to traveling four times a year working on the collection, and all of the people we work with in Italy and China, these people are all not only coworkers, they’re friends. So we have been experiencing this [virus] for quite a while as far as friends and coworkers in Asia and in Europe, and now it’s here. For me, it has become so unbelievably apparent that we are unbelievably interconnected. When I started in business, I truly never thought internationally. I thought international was Holt Renfrew in Canada. I never thought this world would be this interconnected, none of us did.

    WWD: When you talk about resort, do you think the resort season will be canceled?

    M.K.: I think that people are either going to diminish it tremendously or cancel it outright. Everyone is going to have to analyze the resort and holiday season, what is the most important for them and their business, where do they do the bulk of their business? And the crazy thing is I have fabric and no clothes. Anything crazy could happen. I have no idea. But the season could end up being for sure diminished. We’ll see if it’s canceled. We’re keeping an open mind and we’ll see how this all transpires. Just the whole idea of how we work. It’s been upheaval, let’s be honest, for the last 20 years. And now this is kind of like really lighting a match.

    WWD: When you say it’s been in upheaval, do you mean just the general pace of fashion?

    M.K.: Everything about it, yes. When I think about when we used to have a show, the show was to a limited audience, the only way that we knew as designers what another designer was doing was what you showed in the newspaper. Now everyone has known everything for all this time, we’re flooded with all this information — how many fashion weeks in how many countries, how many seasons, all of this. At the same time, all of our rules are gone. Is there such a thing as a spring Easter coat anymore? I don’t think so. All of these things are changing and we’ll see. This is the next big change: How will we approach producing product, showing the product, selling it, and what do the seasons mean?

    WWD: “This is the next big change.” Do you mean dealing with the coronavirus shutdown?

    M.K.: How are we all going forward? Are we going to continue to travel the way we’ve been traveling? I hope that we don’t lose human contact.

    WWD: Yes.

    M.K.: It’s devastating to see what’s happening in Italy and what happened in China with people we work with and the whole population, and the interaction of all the creative people. It can’t disappear, but I don’t know. Are we going to have 25 fashion weeks in the world anymore? I’m not sure.

    WWD: Were the store closings last week emotional for you?

    M.K.: I love to travel, I love being on the street, I love the activity of people, I like touching things. I’m the least tech-y person, I have to admit. Me constantly being on FaceTime this week is like, this is not a normal Michael thing. And so for me to see these stores, which are a personal kind of expression of what I do and the way that I connect physically with our customers, it’s heartbreaking. We’ve lost the contact with people in the theater and movies and bookstores, restaurants, bars, all of it. The human contact, to not be able to communicate in person with our consumers around the world, even if that person isn’t me, you feel cut off. I don’t know how else to put it.

    WWD: What’s the symbolism of all this? Do you think it’s time for a reset?

    M.K.: The one thing I think when we think about a reset, when everyone complains that the kids today are glued to their devices, I mean I see when teenagers and children get to the beach or they get into nature, nothing has changed. Suddenly human beings are human beings. So if anything, I think now we’re going to have just a rebalance of probably slowing down. And I think people are going to connect more.

    WWD: That sounds positive.

    M.K.: I think we’re going to have a process in life that is more appreciative of things, appreciative of people, appreciative of beauty. I think this is forcing everyone to slow down. And if that happens out of the most horrible things in my lifetime, that’s the only silver lining I see.

    WWD: What do you hear from the people who work at Michael Kors? Do they fear for their jobs? So many people are frightened about how long they’ll be paid.

    M.K.: We have an incredibly strong and loyal team, and everyone right now is just scared about tomorrow. It doesn’t matter who you are. The funny thing for me, I feel like sometimes I’m the Last of the Mohicans. Right before all of this broke to this degree, after our show in New York, I was still doing personal appearances at trunk shows.

    So since the beginning for me, I’ve known it’s not just the salesperson in the store, they’re like an ambassador. But it’s the stock person who makes sure the product is put out properly, it’s the visual people, we are all in it together. I hope that all of my family, my Michael Kors family, realizes we’re all in this together and we’re going to sort through it and try to figure out how to get to the other side.

    WWD: You sound, typically, at least a little hopeful.

    M.K.: How else can we handle it? Laughingly, I said to Lance, on a daily basis, we’re forced to be more technology-aware than we’ve ever been, and make it work. And as fashion people who travel and work the way we work, we are normally never home. We have a cat who never sees us and now the cat is, like, he’s in seventh heaven.

    WWD: Well, it’s good that someone is. That’s great.

    M.K.: I think our cat is the only beneficiary of anything positive right now. But I think everyone has to know, it doesn’t matter if you’re 15 years old or 85, if you are wealthy, if you’re middle class, working class, we’re all impacted. Hopefully, that message is getting out to everyone. And at the end of the day, I do have to believe that the human spirit will prevail.

    WWD
     

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