Chanel under fire for using trees in runway show

Chanel re-created a misty forest inside the Grand Palais on Tuesday, the final day of Paris Fashion Week, but environmental activists accused the storied French brand of felling century-old trees for a fashion show. Trees had also been chopped down t
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Chanel re-created a misty forest inside the Grand Palais on Tuesday, the final day of Paris Fashion Week, but environmental activists accused the storied French brand of felling century-old trees for a fashion show. Trees had also been chopped down to make rows of benches for guests, including British actress Keira Knightley and South Korean actress Park Shin Hye. Chanel said none of the oak and poplar trees it sourced from a forest in western France had been a century old. "In buying the trees, Chanel also promised to replant 100 new oak trees in the heart of the same forest," the brand added.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 08, 2018, with the headline 'Chanel under fire for using trees in runway show'. Print Edition | Subscribe