PARIS — From leather bodices to sheer frilly dresses, Italian label Valentino showcased a series of all-black looks in Paris on Sunday as fashion houses pressed on with their shows in spite of the coronavirus outbreak that has kept some attendees away.

At Valentino, models strutted the runway in a series of black outfits, some decked out in sequins, others in more delicate lace designs.

The somber looks were offset by splashes of fiery red here and there — from a ruffled clutch bag to long gloves — while designer Pierpaolo Piccioli ended the show with airier tones, including some sparkly mesh gowns.

Some workers at the scene wore black face masks as they put the final touches to the seating and set before guests arrived.

The fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak, which originated in China, has pushed organizers of some major global events to cancel as a precaution, and France on Saturday put a temporary ban on gatherings of more than 5,000 people.

Fashion shows tend to be smaller, with several hundred people attending at most.

Many Chinese journalists and fashion bloggers were absent in Paris this season due to travel restrictions, however, French label Agnes b. on Friday became the first non-Chinese fashion house to cancel a presentation due to the outbreak. — Reuters