Japan Fashion Week has unsurprisingly been canceled following the disastrous events in the country, Women's Wear Daily reports. The event was supposed to take place March 21 to 25, but several brands had already called off their shows or postponed indefinitely.
A statement on the Fashion Week website reads as follows:
Our heartfelt regrets go to those individuals who were affected by the disaster of the Eastern Japan Earthquake.
Due to the multiple concerns regarding current electricity shortages, unreliable transportation, and general safety concerns, the "Japan Fashion Week in Tokyo" that was scheduled to take place this week and next week has been cancelled.
Consequently, the Tokyo Collection Week that was scheduled to take place next week has also been cancelled. Fashion companies work hard to maintain and expand their business connections, and JFW considers it its duty to support their efforts. Since conditions in each of their source areas vary greatly so does their rate of production. However, despite these difficult times, we will continue to try our best to obtain the products we can so that we may put together exhibitions to showcase them.
JFW will take these necessary measures and organize exhibitions by communicating closely with each company to determine a concrete support strategy that may be put it into effect. Regarding the contents of the collection, we also intend to make the collection available on the web as a means to not only provide more opportunities for business connections but also so that it may act as a source for information. For more details, please check our JFW's official website.
Despite this unprecedented national disaster, we will do whatever we can to keep the business flame burning in order to promote new fashion business, and we deeply appreciate your understanding and support.
Among the labels that had planned to participate: Gut's Dynamite Cabarets, Somarta, Junya Tashiro, beautiful people, Yoshio Kubo, Ne-Net and Etw.Vonneguet.