Change Of Sched­ule

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After cast­ing a heavy shadow on the hol­i­day re­tail pe­riod, France’s “gilets jaunes,” or yel­low vests, move­ment threat­ens to dis­rupt the cal­en­dar of Paris men’s fash­ion week.

Dior on Tues­day sent out an e-mail ad­vis­ing guests that it was mov­ing its show from its ini­tial slot of 5 p.m. on Jan. 19 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 18 due to the on­go­ing antigov­ern­ment protests, which be­gan on Nov. 17 and typ­i­cally take place across the coun­try on Satur­days. The fash­ion house has yet to dis­close the lo­ca­tion of the show.

The col­lec­tion de­signed by Kim Jones will now be un­veiled in a Fri­day slot in the of­fi­cial sched­ule be­tween Comme des Garçons Homme Plus and Bal­main Homme. Other ma­jor brands sched­uled to show on Satur­day in­clude Loewe, mak­ing its run­way de­but, Thom Browne and Her­mès.

Sym­bol­ized by demon­stra­tors wear­ing yel­low safety vests, the protest move­ment started out as dis­con­tent over a fuel tax but has broad­ened to en­com­pass a range of frus­tra­tions over de­clin­ing liv­ing stan­dards, tak­ing a vi­o­lent turn that has caught the coun­try by sur­prise and thrown the gov­ern­ment of French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron into cri­sis.

Peace­ful demon­stra­tors have been joined by ri­ot­ers who have tar­geted lux­ury stores and other busi­nesses, turn­ing the Av­enue des Champs-Élysées and other lo­ca­tions into bat­tle­fields.

After sev­eral of its stores were looted, LVMH Moët Hen­nessy

Louis Vuit­ton — Dior’s par­ent com­pany — opted to take the dras­tic step of clos­ing all its stores in Paris on sev­eral Satur­days be­fore Christ­mas, as did fel­low lux­ury play­ers in­clud­ing Ker­ing and lead­ing depart­ment stores.

— JOELLE DIDERICH

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