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Hermès showcased a country garden motif on Day 6 of Paris Fashion Week. A protester interrupted the show to demand that the label stop utilizing exotic skins.
For her spring show at Paris Fashion Week on Saturday, Hermes artistic director Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski suggested a country garden, placing the audience among wildflowers and grassy borders while she displayed sleek jackets, silk skirts, and slender, skin-baring dresses. Models paraded down a runway littered with plants, dressed largely in taupe or crimson monotone outfits, including snug leather skirts that contoured to the body. Leather and cashmere coats were also available.
A protestor jumped from the audience onto the runway approximately halfway through the presentation, clutching a sign demanding that the label stop utilizing exotic skins like crocodile or ostrich hides. Bryanboy, a digital designer whose real name is Bryan Yambao and who usually attends runway events, jumped out of his seat and stole the protester’s banner.
“It’s impolite to disrupt a show that people have been working on for months,” he said after the show to Reuters. “I love a Hermes exotic,” he replied, indicating his leather bag. This season has seen multiple incidences of protesters disrupting catwalk displays, including one during a Coach show in New York.
Paris Fashion Week continues until October 3rd, with dozens of labels participating, including Chanel and LVMH-owned Louis Vuitton. Over the following seven days, 108 designers will showcase their collections in 67 runway shows, making it a fashion carnival. Day 6 features prominent companies such as Junya Watanabe, Carven, Rui, Noir Kei Ninomiya, Vivienne Westwood, Ruohan, Hermès, Paloma Wool, and more as they showcase their trendsetting Spring/Summer 2024 designs. Paris concludes the big fashion weeks in the frenetic September schedule, following events in London, New York, and Milan.