Burberry’s London Fashion Week Show was interrupted by animal rights activists on Saturday, September 16th. Hundreds of protestors gathered around to shout “Shame on Burberry,” “Blood On Your Hands,” and “Shame on London Fashion Week” through megaphones.
The protestors were not too shy to yell at guests as they arrived to the show, which included a star studded list such as Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell. Police tried to keep the protest calm, by blocking the activists from entering the venue and trying to keep them away from the show’s attendees.
Burberry’s collection featured shearling coats for both men and women, but did not display any other types of fur on the runway. The model pictured above is wearing a long beige shearling coat in a robe style, with a tie waist.
This isn’t the first time pet activists have been vocal during Fashion Month. They interrupted Banana Republic’s show during New York Fashion Week to protest Olivia Palermo’s new collection with the brand. In preparation for their presence at London Fashion Week, the BFC, or British Fashion Council, released a statement saying:
“We have been made aware that there might be fur protestors outside… on the afternoons of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of LFW. We are managing the situation…to ensure the demonstration is managed correctly and with limited impact. For this reason, we would advise you to not wear any kind of fur, real or fake, on Friday, Saturday or Sunday” (from WWD).
Although delayed, fortunately Burberry’s show was still successful and the protest stayed manageable and confined to the outside of the LFW venue.