A Protester Stormed the Runway at Louis Vuitton's Paris Show

The unwelcome guest held a sign that read "Overconsumption = Extinction."

paris, france   october 05 editorial use only   for non editorial use please seek approval from fashion house a demonstrator holds a banner as models walk the runway during the louis vuitton womenswear springsummer 2022 show as part of paris fashion week on october 05, 2021 in paris, france photo by francois durandgetty images
Francois Durand

On the last evening of Paris Fashion Week, Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer ‘22 collection oozed drama, and not just via its oversized shoulders and Edwardian-era bustle skirts. Underneath the glowing chandeliers at The Louvre, guests gathered to set sights on the new collection—one inspired by “leading the countdown and staying one step ahead. The transformative creative fusion of generations,” according to a press release from the house. But the audience got a big surprise when someone who was not an LV model appeared on the catwalk to make a big fashion statement.

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louis vuitton protester
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louis vuitton protester
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A protestor stampeded the runway with a sign that read “OVERCONSUMPTION = EXTINCTION" and sporting the logos of three French activist groups, aiming to highlight the wasteful side of the fashion industry and serve as a dramatic message that the industry as we know it is trending in a very precarious direction. The protester was eventually tackled and carried off by security guards, but not before creating quite the buzz as fashion month officially draws to a close.

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