While OFF-WHITE’s Fall/Winter 2018 “West Village” womenswear collection was certainly jaw-dropping, with Virgil Abloh expertly mixing blazers, corsets, and bodysuits, the situation outside the label’s Rue Cambon show venue in Paris on Thursday was straight-up showstopping. In addition to the crowd of editors, buyers, and influencers that is to be expected outside one of the most hyped shows in the middle of Paris Fashion Week, there was a huge mob of mega fans, trying to gatecrash the event.
The likes of the editors of Fashionista were so shaken by the crowd outside the show, that they felt it overshadowed the experience of the collection itself. They added that police were shouting at the crowd and “forcefully pushing ticket holders out of the street to allow cars to pass.”
According to reports by The New York Post, the area outside the show was swarmed with gatecrashers trying to make it into the event, with local police and publicists attempting to control the situation. It was so packed that a vehicle got stuck in the midst of the chaos, and one person fell to the ground. Apparently, some marquee fashion editors left the area, claiming that the venue was too unsafe.
Only time will tell whether or not this whole riot thing will overshadow the FW18 collection itself, but it’s safe to say Virgil Abloh’s got some very passionate fans.
In other news, Ricardo Tisci is now the creative director of Burberry. Get the full scoop right here.
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