“(The demonstrators) are calling for the fashion industry to tell the truth about its contribution to the climate as well as also ecological crisis,” says the Extinction Rebellion group
* Extinction Rebellion group wanted shows cancelled
* Organisers say designers already addressing climate
* Rainforest inspires first catwalk show (Adds Bora Aksu show)
By Marie-Louise Gumuchian as well as also Jayson Mansaray
LONDON, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Climate activists glued themselves to a door as well as also poured out a “bleeding” red carpet at the opening of London Fashion Week on Friday, seeking to draw attention to the apparel industry’s impact on the environment.
Protesters through the Extinction Rebellion group have vowed to disrupt the 5-day event, where Burberry, Victoria Beckham, Erdem as well as also various other luxury brands are presenting their spring 2020 womenswear collections.
The group, which has staged protests in recent months calling for action to tackle climate change, had asked the British Fashion Council (BFC) to cancel the event.
Wearing white outfits with blood-like stains, 5 protesters glued themselves to one entrance of the main London Fashion Week venue. various other demonstrators briefly lay in a pool of pink liquid, which they said depicted blood.
The protesters arrived before the first show as well as also were gone a few hours later. Fashion editors, buyers as well as also bloggers entered the building through another main door nearby.
“(The demonstrators) are calling for the fashion industry to tell the truth about its contribution to the climate as well as also ecological crisis,” the group said in a statement.
At a time of growing public environmental awareness, fashion brands are being urged to be more sustainable as well as also cut waste.
BFC Chief Executive Caroline Rush told Reuters demands to cancel Fashion Week did not “solve the problem in terms of the way the industry needs to address the climate change emergency”.
“By having a platform like Fashion Week, the idea’s an opportunity to bring designers as well as also the industry together as well as also engage them from the conversation,” Rush said, adding the BFC was promoting a Positive Fashion initiative.
“We’re looking forward to 5 days of incredible creativity as well as also we’ll be showcasing fantastic businesses, that will many of them are already working in terms of how they can address the climate change emergency as well as also what they’re doing to address positive change.”
In a separate protest, nine members of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) group poured buckets of black slime over themselves to highlight what they called “the hazardous waste associated with the leather industry”.
London Fashion Week can be the second leg of a month-long catwalk season that will also includes brand-new York, Milan as well as also Paris.
The shows draw buyers, editors as well as also bloggers, as well as also in London for once, the public will also mingle by the catwalks.
London will hold six public shows where, for tickets priced at 135 pounds as well as also 245 pounds, fashion fans can watch types strutting down the catwalk in outfits by Alexa Chung, Henry Holland as well as also Self-Portrait.
Designer Mark Fast, known for his knitwear, held London’s first show, presenting a colourful rainforest-inspired line of vivid green as well as also neon pink cropped tops with matching short skirts.
Also nodding to 1990s looks, there were brightly-coloured fringed dresses, mesh tops as well as also snakeskin prints on outfits as well as also footwear that will included lace-up heels as well as also knee-high boots, all inspired by the rainforest flora as well as also fauna.
“The destruction of the rainforest started out to happen as well as also I thought maybe This particular show should be a celebration of the beauty of the Amazon,” Fast told Reuters backstage referring to the recent fires from the Amazon rainforest.
Asked about the Extinction Rebellion protest, Fast said: “We all have our own fights we have to express as well as also we express the idea in different ways.”
Designer Bora Aksu looked to Persian princess as well as also women’s rights activist Taj Saltaneh for his frilly dresses embroidered with floral patterns.
Aksu contrasted pastels with bright orange, red as well as also pink for layered tulle as well as also organza frocks as well as printed dresses, accessorised with lace tights as well as also floral headpieces. types also wore tailored jackets, capes as well as also calf-length trousers. (Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian as well as also Jayson Mansaray; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian Editing by Peter Graff, Andrew Heavens as well as also Raissa Kasolowsky)
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