The decision was communicated by the organization this Tuesday afternoon. The commemorative edition of the 25th anniversary of Portugal Fashion, number 46, scheduled for the 12th, 13th and 14th of March, at Alfândega do Porto, will take place behind closed doors due to the threat of the spread of the new coronavirus that, in Portugal , has been mainly focused on the north of the country.
The option comes after the Government recommended the suspension of events in open spaces with more than 5,000 people and events behind closed doors with more than 1,000 participants, nationwide.
With access to the parades, only the professional public remains – journalists, professional photographers, buyers and some influencers invited to amplify the event on social networks -, a group that should be around 150 people, but that cannot exceed 170. All parades will be broadcast by the organization on a streaming channel.
“Access to the fashion shows, whether from fashion professionals, journalists and influencers, is dependent on prior assessment on a case-by-case basis, to avoid the presence of people belonging to the groups at greatest risk of infection or complications from the new coronavirus ”, Says the statement sent to the newsrooms. In this screening, the organization takes into account the circulation of professionals in the last 14 days, in order to avoid having at the event people who, during that period, have been in risk areas.
With regard to production and the backstage of the parades, the teams will work with the usual number of people. The casting of mannequins had to adapt to the current health crisis. The vast majority of models are Portuguese, the few internationals have been in the country for several days, according to a spokesman for Portugal Fashion.
At the same time, the organization of the event also chose to suspend the realization of the Brand-Up, an area open to the public with an exhibition of around 80 Portuguese brands and designers. The area would also host a program of conversations dedicated to fashion, also this now canceled. Also canceled was the presentation of the brand of the mannequin Luís Borges, scheduled for 11:30 pm on Friday, "because it is a format that would involve a party and, for this reason, aggregate several people in a restricted space", according to the organization.
The presentation by designer Júlio Torcato will be rescheduled. The moment was going to count on the Orchestra of Urbana da Trofa, composed by about 90 amateur musicians of different age groups.
Katty Xiomara's presentation, scheduled for 11am on Saturday at Casa da Arquitetura, will be maintained, applying the same restrictions that limit access to distilleries at Porto Customs.
In total, then 25 shows and presentations were scheduled, all of them by national fashion designers, after, last week, the organization of Portugal Fashion opted to cancel the presence of the Italian Gilberto Calzolari, as a preventive measure against Covid-19 .
Article updated on March 10th at 18h55.
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