SECURITY CHECK: With Paris still on edge following terror attacks last November that killed 130 people, “a very special attention” will be paid to safety during the upcoming men’s wear and couture shows, French fashion’s governing body said.
The Paris men’s shows are slated to run from Jan. 20 to 24, and the couture displays from Jan. 24 to 28.
“There’s a close cooperation between the Fédération and its members, the state services and Paris police prefecture,” Pascal Morand, executive president of the Fédération française de la Couture du Prêt à Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode explained to WWD. “Recent tragic events induce us to increase vigilance.”
Morand noted police stations in arrondissements where shows are being held would be implicated.
Among recommendations that the federation has made to the houses are the control of identification cards and bag checks at catwalk venues. How the measures will be implemented will depend on the houses and the venues, Morand said, noting details aren’t revealed deliberately so as not to undermine their efficacy.
“Security of our guests is always a priority, in any context,” a spokesperson for Chanel said. “Chanel is working closely with the police prefecture and state services and will reinforce its security plan in accordance with safety instructions of the authorities.”
For the time being, shows’ locations aren’t listed on the official schedule, up on modeaparis.com. Instead, it reads: “See invitation.”
Some 500 journalists have been accredited for Paris men’s shows and 700 for the couture’s collections, numbers that are roughly in line with January 2015, according to the Fédération, noting that doesn’t mean all will come.