by Stephen Garner

Those hoping for a return to fashion normalcy this summer will have to wait a little longer. The Camera Nazionale della Moda, which oversees Italian fashion, postponed its slate of men’s shows from June 19th to 23rd; they will now take place alongside its womenswear week in September. The CFDA has also postponed its menswear week in New York.

And, French fashion’s governing body, the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, has officially canceled the upcoming men’s week in Paris. The spring 2021 men’s shows were originally scheduled for June 23rd to 28th.

A flood of statements came on Friday evening in which all organizations announced their plans for the upcoming season. The Camera Nazionale della Moda said it is “working on new digital formats in order to create a new way of storytelling on the days originally scheduled for Milan Men’s Fashion Week like B2B and B2C platforms for the benefit of brands, luxury companies, and all the other players in the fashion industry.”

Pitti Uomo has promised a similar virtual showroom to accompany its early June fair. In fact, on Friday afternoon the international trade fair said it will weigh all of its options this week and release a statement at the end of the week on what it plans to do for its physical show in June.

The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode said it, too, is “actively working with its members on the possibility of alternative projects.”

Still, the cancellation of menswear’s biggest weeks will cast a cloud over the fashion industry, which is just one of many that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.