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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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25 vintage photos of Paris to whisk you away to a simpler, more romantic time

Lady from the Parisian bourgeoisie near a flower bed in the jardin de Bagatelle in Paris 1920 ca Anonymous autochrome Private collection
Lady from the Parisian bourgeoisie near a flower bed in the jardin de Bagatelle in Paris 1920 ca Anonymous autochrome Private collection

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  • We could all use a break from the never-ending frenzy of pandemic headlines. So why not travel back in time to one of the world’s most romantic cities?

  • “The city of lights” is more than 2,000 years old, and throughout its lifetime, Paris has been the stomping grounds of some of the world’s most influential thinkers, artists, and poets.

  • These vintage photos take us through dreamy Parisian culture, dating back to the 1800s.

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Perhaps Ernest Hemingway said it best when he dubbed Paris “A Moveable Feast” — a piece of the world that, if you’re lucky enough to experience, stays with you for life.

Throughout its vast history, Paris has become known as one of

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