Met Gala Postponed, LV’s Company Using Their Factories To Produce Hand Sanitisers

Original Reporting | Hidayah Idris

In case you haven’t been keeping up with the Covid-19 news, World Health Organisation has announced that it has now reached a pandemic level.

A lot of countries such as France and Italy are in lockdown in a bid to control the spread of the virus. However, it is to be noted that our country is not on a lockdown, but on a movement restriction order where most shops, offices and school all closed as well as foreign tourists are barred from entering the country.


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People are advised to practise social distancing, so it’s only apt that events that constitute as public gatherings are postponed or cancelled. One such event is the Met Gala in New York City.

The event by Vogue that sees celebrities turning up in their most avant garde outfits according to the theme—this year’s is “About Time”—has been postponed.

Winnie Harlow during the 2018 Met Gala. Image credits: Courtesy of Stuart Weitzman

Anna Wintour, the Editor in Chief of Vogue, released a statement, saying, “One day that will not arrive on schedule will be the opening of the Costume Institute’s exhibition, About Time. Due to the unavoidable and responsible decision by the Metropolitan Museum to close its doors, About Time, and the opening night gala, will not take place on the date scheduled.”

The Metropolitan Museum is not the only one erring on the side of caution. Bille Eilish has postponed her March and April tour dates, SXSW is cancelled, and Coachella has been postponed till October—and these are just some of the events that have been affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

The virus outbreak has led to panic-buying in some countries and a shortage of toilet rolls and hand sanitisers.


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LVMH, the parent company of Louis Vuitton, announced that they would be using three of their perfume and cosmetics factories to manufacture hand sanitisers and distribute them to French hospitals, in particular the 39 public hospitals, “at no charge”.

Image credit: LVMH’s website

LVMH also houses cosmetics brands such as Dior, Guerlain and Givenchy.

Meanwhile, in Malaysia, the number of cases has reached 673 at the time of writing — with 49 fully recovered and discharged from hospitals.

Although Malaysia is not in a lockdown, the government has implemented the Movement Control Order taking place from 18 to 31 March and recommended everyone to practise social distancing and stay at home if possible.

While the year’s Met Gala is postponed, take a walk down the memory lane and check out last year’s amazing’s outfits instead.