Organizers have canceled the men’s and haute couture fashion weeks in Paris because of the coronavirus outbreak, organizers said.

“In light of the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic worldwide, strong decisions are required to ensure the safety and health of (fashion) houses, their employees and everyone working in our industry,” the Federation de la Haute Couture et de la Mode said in a statement.

The events were due to take place in late June and early July. The federation said it was working on possible alternatives.

Earlier in March Italian label Valentino showcased series of all-black looks in Paris as fashion houses pressed on with their shows in spite of the coronavirus outbreak that kept some attendees away.

Some workers wore blackface masks as they put the final touches to the seating and set before guests arrived.

The fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak has pushed organizers of some major global events to cancel shows.

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