I can't be the only one who sees this as a worrying trend, since the removal of runway shows or presentations means the removal of a layer of creativity for designers. How an inspiration is presented, what the models and make-up look like, the lighting, the location of the show, and what music or soundtrack is playing can support the concept of a collection. It would be a shame to lose that in favor of a quick buck.
Having said that, Dame Vivienne Westwood has presented us with a conundrum. Westwood ditched a runway show at London Fashion Week Men's for her FW '18-'19 collection and released a digital lookbook, along with a video, seen below... and while a runway show would have been preferable, this video is a dynamic stand-in. Westwood has always been an activist with a political conscience taking on issues like climate change, green energy, and transparency and fairness in politics. Now she means business...at least in her concept for this collection: the militarization of those who are opposing the military-industrial complex and the move to the right in world politics. With the hashtag #Don'tGetKilled and an array of olive green clothing, Westwood is ready to fight.
And I don't blame her. I think all of us who are aware, thinking, humanists are feeling exasperated and enraged, and ready to fight.