Fewer shows and going 'season-less': Fashion houses want to upend industry after Covid-19


IN THE PAPERS - Tuesday, May 26: We take a look at the British papers reacting to Dominic Cummings's refusal to apologise for flouting lockdown laws. Also, we look at the focus on South America and in particular Brazil's handling of the pandemic. Finally, could coronavirus prompt a major shift in the world of fashion?


Dominating the British papers is one man: Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson's special aide. He's accused of making numerous private trips during Britain’s lockdown. At a press conference yesterday, a "shameless" Cummings – as the Daily Mirror puts it – refused to quit or even apologise for blatantly breaking the rules. "No regrets, no apology," the paper says, one of many critical front pages today. There's lots of criticism also in the illustrated press. The Times’ cartoonist Schrank sees Cummings as a giant wart on Boris Johnson's face, one that should be checked out by scientists! 

There's a lot of focus also on the pandemic ravaging through South America. The World Health Organization has declared it the new epicentre of the virus. Brazil has been the hardest hit in the region amid scrutiny of President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the crisis, which one Financial Times writer calls "irresponsible and dangerous". While not responsible for the virus itself, the writer says Bolsonaro is responsible for the chaotic response which means the health and economic damage in Brazil will be harsher and deeper than it should have been. Bolsonaro's response to the criticism has been quite similar to that of his US counterpart Donald Trump: he's gone on the offensive, attacking his critics. The Brazilian paper O Dia reports that Bolsonaro has blamed the leftist press for Brazil's poor international image.

Finally, coronavirus may prompt a major shift in the fashion world. Gucci has announced that it will reduce its number of fashion shows from five to two next year and it will do away with the seasonal collections and men's and women's collections. The Italian label is the latest in a growing movement of fashion that wants a "permanent reset" of the industry. You can read about that in The New York Times.

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