For the upcoming Milan Digital Fashion Week from July 14 to 17, taking
place of the usual Milan Fashion Week, Etro will be presenting a physical
co-ed show. The show will feature the brand’s men’s spring 2021 collection
and women’s resort 2021 collections. The collection will be presented on
July 15 at the Milan Four Season’s Hotel. The news was reported by WWD.
“We decided to organize a physical runway show to telegraph a strong
message of positivity, which is something that the fashion industry and
Milan definitely need,” said Etro men’s creative director Kean Etro in a
statement to WWD. “I think that after the lockdown, we are all learning to
live our lives in a different way, immersing ourselves in a new reality
that enables us, following specific instructions, to stay alive. I think
the same needs to be done by the fashion industry, which, in keeping with
the current situation and in observance of the safety measures, has to find
a new normality.”
Etro plans to have a smaller audience than usual for its show, which would
make sense given not only health precautions and social distancing
measures, but also due to travel restrictions. Etro is also taking a new
approach to streamlining its collections in response to a changing retail
world after coronavirus. The brand plans to scale down the amount of
product produced, produce more carryover pieces, and avoid steep
The co-ed runway show will be livestreamed by both Etro’s digital channels
and Camera Della Moda’s. In addition to Etro, Dolce & Gabbana is also
expected to host a physical runway show on July 15. An official schedule
for Milan Digital Fashion Week has yet to be released.
photo: via etro.com
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Bernie Eccletone moved to defend his controversial comments on racism in motorsport expressed earlier this week and which were heavily criticized by Lewis Hamilton.
In an interview with CNN Sport released on Friday, Ecclestone downplayed the importance of racism in the sport and minimized the impact on Hamilton’s career of the discrimination the six-time world champion claims to have endured.
Ecclestone, who insisted he was not a racist, praised Hamilton for his racial injustice activism and fight for more diversity but doubted it would any bearing – good or bad – on F1.
The 89-year-old’s controversial words were met with a barrage of criticism, by Hamilton, who called the comments “ignorant and uneducated” and by F1 itself which distanced itself from the Briton, revealing that the latter was no longer Chairman Emeritus of F1.
Hamilton: ‘Ignorant’ Ecclestone never addressed racial abuse
But in an interview with The Mail on Sunday’s Jonathan McEvoy, Ecclestone hit back at his critics, defending his reputation as someone for whom race was of no importance but also claiming that it was now “suddenly fashionable to talk about diversity”.
“I am not anti-black people,” insisted Ecclestone. “Quite the opposite. I have always been very much in favour.
“In fact, Lewis’s dad wanted to go into business with me. He made some nice rowing machines. I would never even have considered it if I had been anti-black. If the project had been right, I would have done it.
“Over the years, I have met a lot of white people I didn’t like, but never a black person I didn’t like.
“I’ve been mugged a couple of times, once by three black guys. I ended up in hospital, but even after that I was never against anyone who was black. I don’t think of Lewis as black or anything else. He’s just Lewis to me.
“If a black person or a white person gets turned down for a job you have to ask why. Was it because of their skin colour, or was it because they weren’t up to the job? That is what I was saying.
“And then people go on these marches, organised by quasi-Marxists who want to bring down the police, which would be a disaster for the country. If you asked most of them what exactly they were protesting about they probably wouldn’t know.”
Any amount of common sense that tinted Ecclestone’s comments evaporated when he felt the need to compare being black with being “short”.
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“It’s not my fault I am white, or that I am a little shorter than the next man,” he said. “I was called Titch at school. I realised I had to do something about it. Black people should look after themselves.
“[Former McLaren boss] Ron Dennis didn’t stand in Lewis’ way when he was a boy. He looked after him. Willy T [Ribbs] was the first black man to drive an F1 car, for me, in the seventies.
“When I lost my driving licence, I had a black driver, not because he was black, but because I didn’t care whether he was black or white. Now it’s suddenly fashionable to talk about diversity.”