The announcement comes after prime minister Giuseppe Conte rolled out a plan to combat the spread of the virus on Saturday as the number of cases within Italy reached 79, including two fatalities. More than 50,000 people in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto are now under quarantine, with schools and multiple public offices temporarily closed, and additional, less stringent precautions being taken outside the core infected areas. Notably, Moncler shared this morning that it would be delaying the public opening of its Moncler Genius warehouse at Viale Molise 70, where the brand showcases its collaborations with the likes of Simone Rocha and JW Anderson, in keeping with “authority guidelines”.
While Mr Armani’s decision to cancel his show is unprecedented, it’s just the latest in a series of last-minute changes the coronavirus has precipitated within the fashion industry over the last month – from London Fashion Week favourite A Sai Ta postponing his ASAI presentation after his Shanghai factory was shut down to a host of designers being forced to sit out Paris Fashion Week, including Masha Ma, Jarel Zhang, Calvin Luo, Maison Mai, Shiatzy Chen and Uma Wang. Meanwhile, Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana predicted that as many as 1,000 Chinese editors, buyers, and other fashion industry employees would miss this season altogether, with Shanghai Fashion Week, due to begin on 26 March, pushed back indefinitely.