Anna Wintour says fashion can't go back to how it was before coronavirus

Anna Wintour believes the coronavirus pandemic will force the fashion industry to radically change – and it won’t be able to go back.

The Vogue editor-in-chief will host a ‘global conversation’ next week with fashion industry bosses to discuss ‘the future of the runway show’ after many events – including the Met Gala – had to be cancelled as a result of Covid-19.

Anna talked to Gayle King on CBS This Morning to discuss A Common Thread, her partnership with Tom Ford, that will give ‘micro loans’ to small business and designers that are struggling to cope.

As part of that conversation she reflected on how the coronavirus pandemic has caused a rethink in the way many fashion houses do things – including a push towards sustainability.

She said: ‘We are actually hosting a Vogue global conversations next week over a four-day period, where we are going to talk about the future of the runway show

‘We’re going to talk about the future of e-commerce, the future of creativity, and the future of retail, because there’s no way we’re going back to the way things were.

‘I think, you know, a lot of us were talking a lot about sustainability, and the fact that we were all flying so much. And the shows were so big and so expensive.

‘These issues, these really important issues are being thrust upon us in a much more significant and immediate way, and these are questions that everybody is asking.’

The dramatic effect the pandemic is having on the fashion industry – from the seamstresses and pattern markers to new designers – provoked Anna Wintour and Tom Ford’s decision to offer out loans to support the industry.

They hope the funds will prevent new voices in fashion from being knocked out of the industry.

‘We’re going to be giving out what we call micro loans, like $5,000, $10,000, $15,000, $20,000, up to $100,000 just to try and help the ones that we feel need it the most, so that they can get through these next few months and be able to survive.’

Anna also recently shared that her son, who is a doctor working in a coronavirus ward, has battled the disease himself.

‘I am so, so proud of my son,’ she said. ‘He’s a doctor. And he is right back in the emergency room with the COVID wards right now.

‘He was pretty sick. I’m sure you’ve heard from many others that so many doctors and so many nurses, you know, got sick… but he was, once he was able, determined to go right back in and help, and do everything he can.’

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