Sir Paul Smith has warned that the effects of the Covid-19 crisis are having a “devastating” impact on the fashion industry.
“It’s been a very difficult few months not just for fashion but for many industries,” the veteran British designer tells The Telegraph, “the strong likelihood of a second wave will quite rightly make people even more nervous.”
Coats, handbags and dresses may not have been the first things people worried about when Boris Johnson nudged England back in the direction of lockdown on Tuesday evening. But while 10pm restaurant closures and a return to working from home will hit hospitality harder than most, it is still a devastating blow for the fashion industry – particularly since retailers and designers were just beginning to find their feet again after a rocky summer.
“Footfall in cities across the world is