Dior moves Paris fashion show to avoid ‘yellow vests’

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Fri, 2019-01-11 12:58

PARIS: Dior said Friday it was bringing forward its Paris
fashion week show after its flagship shop was looted during
“yellow vests” protests.
The luxury brand’s men’s spring summer show was to have been
taken place a week Saturday, when more anti-government protests are
likely in the French capital.
Dior refused to say if it was bringing the January 19 show forward
a day to avoid trouble.
However, demonstrators smashed up its Champs Elysees boutique on
November 26 and stole goods and caused damage reportedly to the
tune of one million euros.
Others scrawled graffiti declaring “Screw the rich and
immigrants.”
Slogans including “The people want Dior” were plastered on the
building after earlier protests.
Luxury boutiques have become a frequent target of the protests,
which began in November as a revolt against a rise in fuel prices
but which have since morphed into an expression of general
discontent.
Chanel, which protected the windows of its shops with fashionably
black plywood cladding, has also become a magnet for graffiti,
sprayed with slogans such as “Yellow is the new black” and “A
perfume of victory.”
The US designer Thom Browne also moved his Saturday show to earlier
in the day, while other brands have so far not said whether they
will be affected.
Supermodel Bella Hadid set social media alight Wednesday by
appearing at a Louis Vuitton dinner during New York fashion week in
a luminous yellow vest designed by the creator of its men’s line,
Virgil Abloh.
The American came up with the design as a part of his first show
for the label earlier this year, but the model’s appearance in it
still set tongues wagging.
Many Paris fashion shows traditionally take place near the Champs
Elysees, which has been the focus for the “yellow vests” weekly
Saturday demonstrations, which often end in violence.
Police have tried to contain protesters by closing metro stations
and redirecting traffic from the area.
Paris men’s fashion week begins on Tuesday and is followed by the
haute couture shows, which will run until January 24.

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Dior moves Paris fashion show to avoid ‘yellow vests’