Milan Has Some Reasons To Be Cheerful

There is nothing like a week of watching designer infomercials to make you long for the return of fashion shows IRL. Those sometimes infuriating, often perplexing, seldom dull and more than occasionally brilliant demonstrations of the truth that fashion is less about clothes than a cultural gestalt seem more essential the longer you are deprived of them. Lockdown has proved as much. It tested creative people in an industry always slow to adopt new technology; generally, they were lacking. Holding a viewer’s interest for a span of eight minutes is next to impossible under the conditions of a social media big top. Watching the shows on a laptop, one often felt the impulse to zoom, pinch, toggle or flip over altogether to Instagram, YouTube and TikTok. Read more at The New York Times.