Celine has canceled its Spring 2024 men's show amid a tense situation in Paris following the police killing of a teenager that has spawned nightly rioting, looting and violence. The 17-year-old motorist of North Africa descendent, identified as Nahel Merzouk, was pulled over for a traffic violation on June 27. When he tried to drive away from the police, he was shot and killed. Police initially reported that he had tried to ram the officers with his car, but a bystander recorded the incident on video, which quickly went viral on social media. Outrage over the incident sparked unrest across the country and clashes with police.
Since his death, rioters have burned cars, attacked hundreds of buildings — including police stations, schools, businesses, and town halls — looted supermarkets and stores, and clashed night after night for nearly a week with the police in cities around the country.
According to reports, over 2,100 people have been arrested, over 700 shops, supermarkets, restaurants, and banks have been looted, and some even "burnt to the ground." These people are not the only that are looking for Justice. President of France, Emmanuel Macron, said "We have a teenager who has been killed. It's inexplicable and unforgivable." He added that the case was immediately referred to the courts, where he hoped Justice would do its job quickly. Of course, it can't be compared Macron's ways of looking at justice with the rioters.
“Due to the events of recent days and to avoid any potential risk to the safety of our guests and our team, we regret to inform you that we are cancelling the Celine Homme Summer 2024 show, which was due to be held at La Gaité Lyrique this Sunday, July 2 at 8:30 p.m. The events scheduled at the end of this show, from 9.30 p.m onwards, the same location, are also cancelled,” the LVMH-controlled fashion house said in a brief statement emailed to guests.
Hedi Slimane, Celine's Creative and Image Director, posted a statement in French on his personal Instagram account, which concludes: "Having a fashion show in Paris, while France and its capital are bereaved and bruised, from my point of view alone, seems inconsiderate and totally out of place." However, other fashion events occurred on Sunday, including Patou and Alaïa fashion shows and events for Belgian accessories brand Delvaux and Italian fashion label Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini.
Celine is not the only brand that canceled the show. As reported, Chloé cancelled a planned event on Friday evening to celebrate Karl Lagerfeld’s creations for the house, citing “the current situation in Paris.” Courrèges postponed its annual club night, scheduled for Saturday night. “We were so happy to dance with you tomorrow for our annual Summer club but due to the recent tragedy in France we have decided to postpone our moment together,” Creative Director Nicolas Di Felice said on Instagram Friday.
Given that Nahel Merzouk's death resulted from discrimination, it demonstrates how far society has fallen. Of course, steps must be taken in this direction to ensure that this does not occur again, especially in the police, but the government must adequately prescribe these steps. This means that employing violence will only result in more violence than we already have. Some people may use violence to self-express, but they must realize that this approach will only lead to more violence overall.