Melissa J. Akers

As Paris Fashion Week is streamed, critics look to future

PARIS (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has instilled extra unpredictability into the already fickle Paris Fashion Week. After first canceling the July shows for menswear and Haute Couture, the French fashion federation has now organized an unprecedented schedule of digital-only events instead.

Top houses such as Chanel, Dior and Hermes are set to show their new Fall-Winter couture collections or their Spring-Summer menswear collections online this week — but with no celebrity guests, no Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and none of the usual frenzied media circus.

No one from the public will be allowed to see the clothes in person at all, in fact, during this on-screen-only version of fashion week that starts Monday. Some shows will be live-streamed, and others may be pre-recorded.

The federation decided this spring that because of social distancing guidelines, Paris Fashion Week — famed for its 25-centimeter (9-inches)-a-bottom seating allowances — would skip in-person

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Best Fourth of July Sales A to Z

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It’s officially summertime, and the Fourth of July long weekend is here to help us celebrate! If you’re like us, you’re looking forward to a breather from all this 2020 madness, and the opportunity to shop some great deals.

Tons of brands are offering big markdowns and add-ons to help make way for fall goodies (yes, it’s almost that time of year already!). Not only is the long weekend a great time to shop for fashion and beauty, there’s also some solid deals on home goods like mattresses, decor and everything in between.

Check out the best deals in fashion, beauty and home below. Shop away and enjoy all the good sales!

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Pierpaolo Piccioli Gets It Done

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In ordinary times, Pierpaolo Piccioli would almost certainly have made a brief sojourn to New York in June. He would have presented his resort collection for Valentino before rushing back home — to Rome and the idyllic-sounding, commuting-distance town of Nettuno, where he lives with his family — to ready his couture and men’s collections.

These times are anything but ordinary. Like so many others, Piccioli has spent the spring and early summer sequestered, reinventing work processes in the era of work-from-home. Early on, it was about figuring it all out. Then, it was about getting it done. Piccioli seems to have fared just fine because this week he’s “presenting” two collections, resort first and then couture. Resort will break when Valentino posts the collection’s campaign pictures to social media on Monday. Not just any campaign shoot, mind you, but one he shot,

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Save on Activewear and Athleisure Deals from the Big Style Sale at Amazon

The Amazon Summer Sale is on! Also called the Big Style Sale, the Amazon fashion sale has become the shopping event of the summer. Brand names like Adidas, Levi’s, Skechers and so many others are offering great discounted price options and seasonally relevant deals right now.

The annual Amazon Prime Day sale was postponed, so shoppers have been waiting for the chance to cash in on major deals. Amazon’s summer sale 2020 is reportedly meant to support and jumpstart sales for fashion and beauty retailers on the site, who were hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. With discounts on everything from hats and sunglasses down to shoes and socks on sale, now’s the time to stock up on apparel and accessories for you and your family.

While most people were adhering to stay-at-home and quarantine restrictions this spring, athleisure saw a lot of wear. Activewear also got attention,

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