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Extinction Rebellion Prepares To Shut Down London Fashion Week

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Britain’s fashion industry faces extinction as radical climate activists attempt to destroy ‘environmentally destructive’ fashion businesses.

Models at London Fashion Week in February this year in front of an Extinction Rebellion roadblock

Models at London Fashion Week in February this year in front of an Extinction Rebellion roadblockGEORGE CRACKNELL WRIGHT/REX FEATURES

London Fashion Week is where showbiz meets the cutting edge of couture.

However, the likes of Kendall Jenner and Victoria Beckham may find that the event next month is disrupted by Extinction Rebellion, the environmental activists who held mass demonstrations against global warming in London in April. It plans to “shut down” the five-day trade show to raise awareness of the ecological damage caused by the fashion industry.

“We are planning non-violent direct action civil disobedience,” said Ramón Salgado-Touzón, of Extinction Rebellion’s fashion action group, which has demanded that organisers cancel the event, which starts on September 13.

More than 1,000 activists were arrested after April’s protests, with some glueing their hands to the ground on Waterloo Bridge.

A repeat is promised. “People taking part will be arrested,” Mr Salgado-Touzón said. “Let’s hope that they’re not going to be charged but if they are, everyone is prepared.”

Organisers suggested that they would focus more on preventing people getting in to events rather than storming the catwalk. Bel Jacobs, of Extinction Rebellion’s Boycott Fashion group, said: “People need to get places quickly. And that is a way to disrupt Fashion Week.”

Somerset House, home to the British Fashion Council, which hosts the week, and New Bond Street are targets. Ms Jacobs added:

“We need to change our culture around consumption. People have no idea how environmentally destructive fashion is.”

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