An­i­mal rights pro­test­ers dis­rupt Burberry show

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

LON­DON »Guests at­tend­ing Burberry’s cat­walk show at Lon­don Fash­ion Week have found their usual red car­pet welcome re­placed by heck­ling pro­test­ers.

Dozens of an­i­mal rights ac­tivists made a loud racket Satur­day out­side the lux­ury brand’s show venue in Lon­don’s Clerken­well area, crowd­ing around the en­trance and shout­ing “Shame on Lon­don Fash­ion Week!”

Some held de­vices show­ing an­i­mal cru­elty videos and others held plac­ards read­ing “Fur is passe.”

Po­lice and se­cu­rity guards ended up form­ing two hu­man chains to al­low guests, in­clud­ing U.S. Vogue ed­i­tor Anna Win­tour, to pass through and en­ter the highly an­tic­i­pated show.

Un­fazed by the Lon­don sub­way at­tack, celebri­ties, mod­els and fash­ion ed­i­tors have flocked to Lon­don Fash­ion Week to cel­e­brate all things stylish.

De­sign­ers show­cas­ing their lat­est vi­sions on Satur­day include fash­ion week vet­eran Jasper Con­ran, ris­ing star Si­mone Rocha and lux­ury brand Burberry.

Con­ran, who heads a de­sign em­pire, has of­fered up a bright and cheer­ful col­lec­tion of parkas and sheer, sport-luxe out­fits in vivid hues. Cobalt clashed with yel­low, char­treuse and grape­fruit pink, bal­anced with shades of earthy mus­tard.

For her part, Rocha staged a quirky show based on all things doll-like in an aus­tere wood-pan­eled hall. It was a pro­fu­sion of elab­o­rate ruf­fles, pearls, lace, tulle and em­broi­dered flow­ers, but the sac­cha­rine in­no­cence of the clothes was nicely off­set by modern, poofy shapes and clumpy shoes.

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