Japan Fashion Week Canceled

Amanda Seyfriend Elle magazine

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Models walk the Theatre Products runway during Japan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011.

In light of last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami, organizers have canceled Japan Fashion Week, which was due to begin March 21, WWD reports.

The announcement comes after several brands had already canceled or postponed their Fall 2011 shows as the country struggles to cope in the face of a mounting death toll, the threat of nuclear meltdown, potential aftershocks, and plummeting stocks.

The Japan Fashion Week Organization has stated that they will work with designers to host exhibitions and online presentations in lieu of runway shows.

"Due to the multiple concerns regarding current electricity shortages, unreliable transportation, and general safety concerns, the Japan Fashion Week in Tokyo that was scheduled to take place this week and next week has been canceled," reads an online statement from organizers.

"Despite this unprecedented national disaster, we will do whatever we can to keep the business flame burning in order to promote new fashion business, and we deeply appreciate your understanding and support."

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Meanwhile, see how the fashion world is contributing to the Japan disaster relief effort.