This weekend’s showcase promises to be eventful. Big-name designers will be making a welcome return, but sustainability protesters are planning to cause major disruption
London fashion week, starting today, is shaping up to be the most eventful in recent years and it is not confined to the catwalk. On Sunday, the direct-action group Extinction Rebellion – which hit the headlines last year as they blocked five bridges over the Thames to protest against the government’s approach on climate change – intends to “swarm the streets calling on the industry to wake up to the climate and ecological crisis and use its influence to help to create a just and sustainable world”.
Its plan – for which it is encouraging attendees to “dress as though you are going to the most glamorous funeral” – is to disrupt the fashion event, rather than target specific shows. Clare Farrell, a lecturer in sustainable fashion and one of the founders of the group, told the Guardian: “The situation we are in, as a planet, is not the fault of London fashion week – but it is part of the problem”.