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Climate change activists storm Louis Vuitton fashion show in Paris

Climate change activists storm Louis Vuitton fashion show in Paris

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Paris (AFP)

Extinction Rebellion militants stormed Louis Vuitton’s show at the Louvre on Tuesday to denounce the fashion industry’s impact on climate change, on the final day of Paris Fashion Week.

With a large poster saying “Excessive consumption equals extinction,” a militant emerged from Extinción Rebelión, an international civil disobedience movement against climate change.

An AFP photographer found that she had been put on the catwalk in the Louvre in the middle of the show, before being kicked out by a member of the security forces.

Nearly thirty militants from Extinción Rebelión, Friends of the Earth and Youth For Climate were behind the action, and two of them were arrested, according to their statement.

Louis Vuitton fashion show in Paris, October 5, 2021 Christoph Archambault, AFP

The hardliners are calling on the government to impose an “immediate reduction in production levels in the sector when 42 clothing items were marketed per inhabitant of France in 2019,” according to the same source.

Asked by AFP, Louis Vuitton’s house is currently unanswered.

In the first post-Covid fashion show in front of the public, the artistic director of the collections for women, Nicolas Ghesquière, chose theatrical aesthetics.

Dressed in tontillo (robe à panier), long, feathered capes and visors opened the show to better emphasize the play of volumes with an ultra-modern look by the couturier, master of the cut.

Louis Vuitton fashion show in Paris, October 5, 2021
Louis Vuitton fashion show in Paris, October 5, 2021 Christoph Archambault, AFP

Tuxedos become plus-sized or go down into jeans, and short skirts and horse-pants gain volumes at the hips.

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Women’s Ready-to-Wear Week ended Tuesday in Paris with a tribute to Albert Elbaz, the Israeli-American fashion designer who was Lanvin’s artistic director, who died of Covid in April.

More than 40 fashion houses came to the design studio AZ Factory, his latest project, to be established in his honor.