Shanghai’s fashion community returns this evening to the tents at Xintiandi’s Taiping Lake Park for the first official show of Shanghai Fashion Week’s Autumn 2021 season, with catwalk shows scheduled until April 13.

This season has been unusual in Shanghai because of the number of highly-anticipated designer showcases that have taken place off the official schedule. Staff Only, 8on8, Shuting Qiu, Xu Zhi and Ximon Lee have already shown their collections in the days and weeks prior to Shanghai Fashion Week’s official kick-off.

Some of these events may have been planned to run in conjunction with Shanghai Fashion Week’s original dates, which were changed a few months ago as a small outbreak of Covid-19 cases emerged in Shanghai’s Huangpu District, which is home to Xintiandi and the mainstream catwalk shows of Shanghai Fashion Week.

Trade show, Ontimeshow, also began its run ahead of the official start of fashion week, kicking off on April 3 and running through to the 10th.

Other trade shows and showrooms likely to be on the agenda for the army of domestic buyers descending on Shanghai this week will be Mode (the official trade platform organised by Shanghai Fashion Week), Not Showroom, Tube Showroom and Showroom Shanghai.