Chinese Designers, Editors, Buyers, Stars to Sit Out Fashion Month

LONDON — A host of Chinese designers, editors, buyers, celebrities and influencers won’t be coming to fall 2020 fashion weeks in the wake of travel restrictions imposed by the U.S., the U.K., Italy and France to prevent coronavirus from spreading. Brands such as Angel Chen and Ricostru have canceled their fashion shows in Milan, while Asai in London, Uma Wang and Shiatzy Chen in Paris are still deciding whether to stage a show, as their Chinese factories are impacted by the Chinese government’s policy on halting work until Feb 10. What’s more their clients and media partners won’t be even there to see the new collections. Wang said she would do a show if she manages to board a plane to Paris from Shanghai, and her team in Europe is showing her full support amid this difficult period. Rico Manchit Au, the designer behind Ricostru, said she canceled because half of her employees won’t be able to get back to work on time due to China’s travel restrictions and city lockdowns. Her suppliers are facing the same dilemmas. “I have not decided how to showcase my new collection yet. I will have to wait and see how the outbreak develop and we have been

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