Fash­ion’s po­lit­i­cal state­ment on the Paris ramp

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Fash­ion house Ba­len­ci­aga seemed to pay a tribute to the refugee cri­sis with their re­cent show­case at the men’s fash­ion week in Paris. The col­lec­tion shed light on Europe’s mi­grant cri­sis and the dreams of thou­sands seek­ing a new life there.

De­signer Demna Gvasalia — a child refugee him­self who fled to Ger­many from war-torn Ge­or­gia in 1993 — has made his name selling the clothes of the poor to the rich. The en­fant ter­ri­ble of the Paris scene sent out more than 60 mod­els in var­i­ous char­ity shop looks for the lux­ury brand, with plas­tic shop­ping bags bear­ing the le­gend “Europe Europe Europe” re­made in slick soft leather. Some mod­els car­ried chil­dren and ex­pen­sive Ba­len­ci­aga lug­gage bags with ‘The Power of Dreams’ writ­ten on a square of cloth stitched to their hood­ies.

Oth­ers wore lifevest-like squares with “Europe” writ­ten on them, while still more sported plas­ti­cated jack­ets and pon­chos em­bla­zoned with “Europa! Qual­ity. Ex­pe­ri­ence. Pro­fes­sion­al­ism.”

How­ever, Gvasalia, known for his ironic re­claim­ing of un­fash­ion­able or “naff ” 1980s looks, made no ref­er­ence to the refugee cri­sis as a source of in­spi­ra­tion. He chose a num­ber of fa­thers from the Swiss bank­ing cap­i­tal of Zurich — to where he is mov­ing his stu­dio — to model with their chil­dren in his al fresco show in the Bois de Boulogne park on the edge of the French cap­i­tal.

“As Ba­len­ci­aga man... by­passes fash­ion on the way... to the dry-cleaner and a trip to the off-li­cence,” he wrote in his notes to the show. His clothes seem to have picked up a lam­i­nated Europa sign.

THE BA­LEN­CI­AGA COL­LEC­TION SHED LIGHT ON EUROPE’S MI­GRANT CRI­SIS AND THE DREAMS OF THOU­SANDS SEEK­ING A NEW LIFE THERE

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