Climate activist storms the catwalk at Paris Fashion Week
Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion stormed the catwalk at the Louis Vuitton show at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday to condemn the industry’s damage to the environment.
“Overconsumption = extinction” read a banner carried by a protester of the activist group for climate change.
She climbed the catwalk in the Louvre Art Gallery as models showed off the latest styles. She was then taken away by security agents, AFP reported.
Extinction Rebellion, Friends of the Earth and Youth For Climate said around 30 people were involved in planning the protest, two of whom were arrested.
They called on the government to impose “an immediate drop in production levels in the sector, given that 42 garments were sold per person in France in 2019”.
In the front row, the stars of French cinema Catherine Deneuve and Isabelle Huppert hardly budged, while some members of the Arnault family, sitting next to the CEO and president of LVMH, Bernard Arnault, took a look at each other. .
The disturbance hardly interrupted the flow of models, who raced down the runway in a corridor of the Louvre to dramatic organ music punctuated by the sounds of bells.
The show had a punk flavor, with sleeves ripped from costume jackets leaving the arms bare, and accessories such as studded boots and chainmail headdresses.
Friends of the Earth France have declared that they have chosen the LVMH label to shine the spotlight on the issue of overconsumption.
“LVMH is the world leader in luxury and has a responsibility for the trends that push the textile industry to constantly renew collections faster and produce more,” spokeswoman Alma Dufour told Reuters.
Updated: October 7, 2021, 12:18 a.m.