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Effects of Coronavirus Expected to Hit Japan’s Retail Sector Hard

TOKYO — As the number of people affected by the novel coronavirus, now known as covid-19, continues to rise, so do its effects on countries outside of China. While Japan has so far only recorded one death from the virus, the scale of the economic impact is already appearing to be much greater. On Monday, Japanese officials confirmed 99 more cases of the coronavirus aboard the cruise ship Diamond Princess, which remains quarantined in the port of Yokohama. Separately, the U.S. State Department announced that 14 evacuees from the ship who had been flown back to the U.States were also infected. Even before those new cases were reported, Japan’s health minister Katsunobu Kato on Sunday urged members of the public to avoid crowded places and “nonessential gatherings,” including commuter trains. This came after Japan entered a new phase of the virus late last week, when the country’s first cases with no clear chain of transmission were reported. While cases of the virus in Japan are likely to continue to rise, so are its affects on the country’s economy. In December, the country welcomed more than 2.5 million overseas visitors, more than 28 percent of whom were from China, according to preliminary figures

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George Balanchine’s ‘Firebird’ Arrives in Miami

MIAMI — George Balanchine’s “Firebird” has flown the coop. His compressed rendition of the ballet — the first with a Russian storyline that Michel Fokine originally choreographed for the Ballets Russes in the early 20th century with Igor Stravinsky’s score — hasn’t been performed outside the New York City Ballet since its debut in 1949. Why? No one is exactly sure — but the production’s priceless sets and costumes painted by Marc Chagall certainly weren’t going anywhere. Now, after all these years, Miami City Ballet has emancipated the iconic work through new sets and costumes. It premiered in Miami on Feb. 14 and travels to Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach through March 1. “It’s equitable to share masterpieces. That Mr. B’s ‘Firebird’ remained in one company is like if a museum hoarded all the Impressionists,” says Miami City Ballet artistic director Lourdes Lopez, a former NYCB principal who grew up within the work, having danced all of its female roles, from a cake bearer as a child (it was the first time she saw Mr. B on stage) to the lead. “I initially thought to digitally project Chagall’s art but never heard from his estate. So we came up with Plan B.” Since

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Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Champions Recycling and Craftsmanship

LONDON — Central Saint Martins showcased its best design talents from the class of 2020 MA Fashion course on Friday with a 5G theme flashy high-tech projection sponsored by Three. Yet somehow, the microphone didn’t work during the winner announcement. Women’s wear designer Sarah McCormack from Dumfries, Scotland and American Chinese designer Leeann Huang stood out from the 21 designers who made it to the graduate show and took home the grand prize L’Oréal Professional Creative Award. Fabio Piras, course director of Central Saint Martins MA Fashion, said Huang was awarded for the research she went through while McCormack was “a fantastic choice,” as she manages to create couture-level beauty with rejects, all done by hand. Huang’s graduate collection is a colorful nostalgic trip back to her childhood. “The future seems very bleak to me. Through my research, I was looking at different things that used to make me happy as a child. Mostly through cartoons like ‘The Powerpuff Girls,’ or ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ which painted a very positive feminist future,” she said, adding that she would like to get a job in Europe, and not return to the U.S. and President Trump. McCormack’s collection is rich in textiles. “I started with a base and

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Retailers at Designers & Agents Seek Out Distinct Styles

Standing out from the competition is more essential than ever, according to retailers attending the Designers & Agents show last week in New York. Housed in two locations on West 26th Street, the trade show offered a selection of sportswear, accessories, footwear and other items. In search of accessories and tried-and-true contemporary labels like Hartford Paris and Bellerose, Haley McMahon was buying for Mercantile in Portland, Ore. She looks for European lines that are not sold on the West Coast. Shirts, dresses and sweaters are strong categories, and business is good due to the city’s ongoing growth. Having worked at her best friend’s store for 35 of the 45 years it has been in downtown Portland, McMahon said being located near numerous new hotels has helped sales, and the city’s first five-story hotel, a Ritz Carlton, is being built a block away. Owner Cindy Kahng and sales specialist Rebecca Li are being more innovative about enticing shoppers to Azaleas, a lingerie and swimwear retailer with outposts in Manhattan’s East Village and West Village. They were looking for accessories and other items such as socks from Hansel From Basel. Specializing in swimwear and lingerie, the retailer accents its assortment with interesting novelty items. Li said,

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