Climate demonstrators invade Luis Vuitton catwalk show in Paris.
Despite the slick show of Luis Vuitton, not all went according to plan for the fashion brand. At one point, Extinction Rebellion climate activists managed to get on a stretch of the runway in a protest against the global fashion industry’s impact on the environment.
Climate activists burst onto the catwalk brandishing banners reading “Overconsumption = extinction” at Louis Vuitton’s Paris Fashion Week show.
The fashion industry accounts for up to 8.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Extinction Rebellion, Friends of the Earth and Youth For Climate said in a statement that around 30 people were involved in planning the protest, with two arrested.
The protester, who was wearing all black and a face mask, was pinned to the ground by security before being taken away.
Audiences at the Paris Fashion Week show appeared unbothered by the action until the female protestor was wrestled to the ground by security before being led away. The show – and fashion – went on.
“LVMH is the world leader of luxury and has a responsibility when it comes to trends that push the textile industry to constantly renew collection faster and produce more,” Alma Dufour, a group spokesperson, told Reuters. – Rappler.com
The group recently tweeted its objections to “excesses” in the fashion industry, writing that French President Macron must “act now”.
The group, which calls on the government to isolate all houses in the UK by 2030 to help cut carbon emissions.
Paris Fashion Week is a series of designer presentations held semiannually in Paris, France with spring/summer and autumn/winter events held each year. Dates are determined by the French Fashion Federation. Paris Fashion Week is held at venues throughout the city.