Milan Fashion Week (MFW): Super Black and Tall Model, Ololade Ibrahim becomes the first Nigerian to walk the stage rocking Emporio and Giorgio Armani twice in two years.
The Giorgio Armani and Emporio Armani are Italian luxury fashion houses founded by Giorgio Armani which designs, manufactures, distributes and retails haute couture, ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, watches, jewelry, accessories, eyewear, cosmetics and home interiors while
Ololade Ibrahim rocked both Emporio and Giorgio Armani first in 2018 and then again in February 2020, during the Milan Fashion Week.
Meanwhile, it was an unusually dramatic Milan Fashion Week as Giorgio Armani announced that he would be canceling his fall 2020 runway show, opting to livestream it behind closed doors instead, around 3am on Sunday.
The decision was allegedly made in response to over 100 reported cases of coronavirus in northern Italy (and not Mr. Armani’s recent wave of bad press.)
According to a statement from the brand, the Italian designer wanted to “safeguard the well-being of all his invited guests by not having them attend crowded spaces.” Outside of Asia, this is the worst outbreak of the virus to date.
You will think fashion covers it all bu by midday Sunday, coronavirus concerns were the main topic of conversation among industry insiders on the ground.
Some editors opted to drive from Milan to Paris Fashion Week, allegedly in order to avoid airports; rumors swirled about Parisian shows being canceled as well.
Despite growing concerns, both Hugo Boss and Dolce & Gabbana decided to show on Sunday afternoon. (Dolce also announced that it would be donating money to the Italian medical school Humanitas University in the hopes of “finding a cure.”) but the National Chamber of Italian Fashion canceled its closing awards event scheduled for Sunday night, as well as its market day for emerging designers the following day.
Michael Kors was also forced to cancel its Milan–based event celebrating the launch of its 007 capsule collection on Sunday night, citing a government ordinance.
Beyond the runway, the city of Milan went into lockdown. Streets were noticeably empty and traffic was nonexistent. Photos on Twitter suggested that supermarkets were being cleaned out. Soccer matches were canceled, movie theaters were shuttered, and the mayor closed schools for a week.
Restrictions on travel put into place before Fashion Week are also keeping people out of the country. A large number of Asian editors, buyers, and influencers were noticeably absent from shows this week. A handful of Asia–based brands hoping to present their collections at Paris Fashion Week this season will also be unable to show.
On the dramatic side, Philipp Plein decided to bring a show of excess to the MFW.
A gilded fighter jet, boat, cars and even helicopters emblazoned with the Philipp Plein logo were stationed around the runway, lending the affair a military-meets-decadence air.
A performance by Tyga, actress Jada Pinkett Smith opened the collection. With that, the stage was set for a production featuring stars from varying platforms.
Plein also honored the late basketball star Kobe Bryant — whose dedication to the game of basketball was indeed limitless — and his daughter Gianna. Models donned crystal-encrusted number-24 Lakers jerseys, and Plein announced he would make a donation to the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation.
An excess of heart was on full display.
As of Monday, the Paris Fashion Week continue as scheduled, unveiling Nigeria’s pride, Ololade Ibrahim in some of the best fashion can give.
Miss Ibrahim is one of those few models that have kept it tight in the industry, breaking grounds and opening doors for other black models in Africa.
She has broken the record for Nigerians and laid the track for other models to follow.