FASHION NEWS: FASHION DONS BLACK IN SUPPORT OF CHARLIE HEBDO
Last Wednesday’s shooting at the offices of satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo, which resulted in the deaths of twelve staff members, prompted a strong response from the French fashion industry as well as the one million demonstrators who gathered in Paris.
On Instagram, Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci posted a famous quote from Voltaire, responding to what many decried as the shooters’ assault on free speech: “I might disagree with your opinion, but I am willing to give my life for your right to express it.” Jean-Paul Gaultier and his team also posted a photo on the staircase of his Paris headquarters, the whole group holding signs with the “Je suis Charlie” mantra.
Karl Lagerfeld weighed in on the shootings in WWD.
“It’s horrible. I’ve been physically sick since [Wednesday]; I think it’s very bad for the image of Paris, though I’m very much against French bashing.” Lagerfeld continued to say, “Perhaps we all do like Galliano and do something else,” in reference to the designer’s decision to switch the location of his Maison Martin Margiela debut to London instead of Paris. “It really puts your feet on the ground,” he said. “You realize fashion is a beautiful bubble in the world.”
Paris is internationally renown as the birthplace of couture, and WWD reports that security will be significantly enhanced for the couture and menswear shows later this month. Stéphane Wargnier, executive president of the Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode, noted that his organization is in close touch with French authorities, who have raised the nation’s terror threat level to its maximum.
Charlie Hebdo is projected to publish three million copies of its latest edition tomorrow. Typical circulation is 60,000.