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L.A. Protests George Floyd, Rodeo Drive Luxury Retail Shuts Down – WWD

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As thousands of demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd by a Minnesota police officer  moved westward in Los Angeles, luxury retail started to board up in fear of riots and looting.

The entirety of famed luxury shopping strip Rodeo Drive was blocked to traffic by early afternoon on Saturday, as protestors were still miles to the east. The Beverly Center, a mall in West Hollywood that houses a number of luxury brands, also decided to close entirely on Saturday, a representative confirmed. The center had just reopened on Friday, after L.A. officials suddenly announced earlier in the week that in-store shopping could resume after months of being prohibited due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Gucci Rodeo Drive closed amid George Floyd Protests in L.A.

Gucci’s just reopened store on Rodeo Dr. was quickly boarded up on Saturday in fear of protests. 
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On Rodeo, the likes of Gucci, Prada, Dior, Rolex, and Louis Vuitton were being hurriedly boarded up by workmen as of midday on Saturday. A number of the stores had slowly started to reopen since Wednesday, allowing shoppers inside and refreshing merchandise displays. On Saturday, the same stores were again locked and emptied of all merchandise as police stood at traffic barricades.

In Beverly Hills and the Downtown area of L.A., an 8 p.m. curfew was mandated by late afternoon. West Hollywood is expected to do the same, although the neighborhood has not made it official. A curfew of the same hour enacted the previous night in Minneapolis, where George Floyd was killed and protesting began early this week, did not curtail protestors in that city.

Just before 4 p.m., police in riot gear had started to gather on Rodeo Dr. in L.A. 

A policewoman on duty confirmed the police presence in Beverly Hills and the actions of the retailers on Rodeo were due to the protests in the area and the rioting Downtown the night before. On Friday night, a second night of protests in L.A. had turned to looting of some local jewelry stores.

As the protestors moved apace from further inside L.A., mainly near the Grove shopping center (which was planning to reopen on Monday for the first time since the pandemic) Beverly Hills police could be seen activating drones headed in the direction of the oncoming crowd. As the thousands of protestors began to stream onto Elm St. in Beverly hills, still heading west, they chanted “No justice, no peace,” “Black lives matter” and “Prosecute killer cops” as onlookers cheered, filmed with their phones and honked their car horns in support. There were two police helicopters overhead, but no police interaction could be seen on the ground as the large group walked, blocking traffic for a time.

In other regions of the country, days of protests over Floyd’s death (one of several recently publicized deaths and racist encounters experienced by Black men and women) erupted by Wednesday night into looting and vandalism in some areas.

While most of the affected businesses have been smaller, independent operations, Target has closed dozens of stores in the Minneapolis region. Luxury brands like Dior and Louis Vuitton are said to have had looting at stores in Atlanta and Oregon on Thursday night, both cities where protests took place. Both brands had again closed their stores in L.A. by Saturday and declined to comment on any looting in the other areas. A spokeswoman for Vuitton did say that the brand does not have a date for reopening stores right now.

As for the Beverly Center, The Webster, which faces the street, had been boarded up Saturday afternoon. By evening there was graffiti covering the pink plywood the store had used. At the Gucci store on Rodeo, by 6 p.m. its blue plywood had been tagged with “Eat the rich” and then broken in some spots, according to local news reports. At The Grove shopping center, graffiti of “Black lives matter” was visible by evening. Rumors of vandalism in other shopping areas of L.A., like on Melrose Ave. and Robertson Blvd., started percolating by evening as well, but could not be confirmed.

A spokeswoman for the Beverly Center, a Taubman property, said there had been no damage. The decision to close the mall was actually led by the luxury tenants that decided to preemptively close their doors on Saturday due to fears of looting. Despite the Beverly Center being largely indoors, brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada, which were open at the center on Friday and were seeing shoppers spend money, didn’t want to take a chance by remaining open.

Dior On Rodeo Dr. in Beverly Hills, L.A., on Saturday afternoon, preemptively boarded up. 
Kali Hays/WWD

“Many tenants proactively informed us that they would not be opening today as a result of last night’s protests,” the spokeswoman said. “Out of an abundance of caution, we did not open the center today.”

The tentative plan is to reopen the center on Sunday, “barring any unforeseen circumstances.”


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Viktor & Rolf Fall 2000 Couture Collection

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Editor’s note: As we feel our way forward in this new world and way of presenting fashion, it seems a good time to revisit Viktor & Rolf’s poetic and perception-altering fall 2000 couture show. Their idea was to embellish clothes with bells. (Their jingles created the “soundtrack.” ) Heard, but not seen, the models progressed through a dense fog, gradually emerging into sight at the end of the runway, creating a sense of mystery. Guests were alerted to their presence first through sound; the visuals followed.

Forget the idea of immediate gratification—the designers instead gifted the audience with the thrill of anticipation, allowing guests time and space to create their own romantic fictions around the fantastic fashions. Here, 21 years later, the story of the collection—as told by Viktor Horsting.

[Looking back at our work], I’m always pleasantly surprised how there are certain themes that keep coming back and that are of interest to us, like the theme of the immaterial; trying to express something beyond the garment itself, something that goes beyond a presentation of a look of the season. That’s a recurring theme. Then I also smile at how naive we were.

We thought that if we started with couture, which is the top of the pyramid of fashion, the pinnacle, we could always go down; but it would be much more difficult the other way around. Obviously we didn’t answer to any of the requirements of the Chambre [Syndical de la Haute Couture] at the time, and still they allowed us on the calendar. It was partly idealistic reasoning starting at the top, and also it was something that we were somehow able to pull off. We did not have the resources to do a ready-to-wear show and ready-to-wear collection, with the production and the distribution and all of that. We didn’t have that, so we thought, ‘Okay, let’s start in couture and then take it from there.’

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Most years, summer signals a return to shorts. My favorite shorts to wear are exercise shorts. They’re comfortable, lightweight, sweat wicking for when it’s hot outside, and I can go right from working at home to exercising in no time. Because this year is the summer of exercise shorts, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites to help you find a pair you love, too. 

Outdoor Voices Rektrek Shorts

Ten Thousand Session Shorts

The Session Shorts are what shorts should feel like. “After wearing the Session Shorts for a few workouts, I became acutely aware of the flaws all of my other shorts possessed. I began to realize that my older pairs of shorts would leave red marks on my skin, or give me an uncomfortable amount of wedgies (sorry, it’s true). The Session Shorts have fit like a dream from the first time I wore them to the last, and the fabric is soft, durable, sweat wicking, breathable, anti-chafe and odor-free.”

This lightweight short from Lululemon is an excellent option. They have four-way stretch technology, are sweat-wicking, and can come with either a five inch inseam or a seven inch inseam. They are designed for yoga, which means they offer excellent flexibility and range of motion, so you’ll never feel restricted.

Nike makes an excellent pair of shorts. These are specifically designed for running, but they are lightweight and made from a woven fabric with increased breathability and sweat-wicking properties. The soft brief liner provides support where you need it, which is important, whether you’re running or not.

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