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Stella McCartney nods to Ukraine crisis with Lennon’s anti-war song at winter show

PARIS, March 7 (Reuters) – In a nod to the war in Ukraine, Stella McCartney closed her eponymous label’s winter fashion show to the music of John Lennon’s anti-war ballad “Give Peace a Chance.” .

Models curled up in glass-encased hallways atop the Center Pompidou, parading in elegant bohemian-flavored dresses with pockets and slit balloon sleeves as rhythmic music played, with sweeping views of Paris in the backdrop.

“I believe very strongly in peace and love and obviously using John’s song, who was my dad’s best friend…it just shows for me, it’s a personal song that reflects the thoughts of the world whole, I hope, right now,” McCartney told reporters after the show, referring to her father, Paul McCartney.

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Some fashion designers have spoken publicly about their struggle to find the right tone for their shows and make the decision to go ahead with Paris Fashion Week events as the world focuses on the Ukraine crisis.

The French capital is hosting the latest series of industry fairs which have also taken place in New York, London and Milan, and end on March 8.

In Milan, Georgio Armani acknowledged the crisis by cutting the music for his fashion show. Read more

In Paris, Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia spoke about his experience as a refugee from Georgia and presented guests with Ukrainian flag t-shirts, while Isabel Marant bowed for her brand’s runway show with a blue and yellow top. nL2N2V90CN

“Obviously I’m anti-war… My heart goes out to the people of Ukraine tremendously and it’s heartbreaking, it’s a traumatic experience to go through, so one can only imagine what these poor people are going through,” said McCartney.

His brand is part of the luxury group LVMH (LVMH.PA), which, along with Hermès, Kering, owner of Gucci, and Chanel, announced on Friday a suspension of its operations in Russia.

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Reporting by Mimosa Spencer Editing by Mark Heinrich

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