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Creatives show solidarity with Paris

JW Anderson, Olivier Rousteing and Madonna are just a few of the people who’ve spoken out since the Paris attacks

On Friday November 13 2015, the city of Paris was besieged by the deadliest terrorist attacks in its history, ten months on from the assault on the offices of Charlie Hebdo. In the aftermath, the world has responded in disbelief at the severity of the attacks. While many are angry, there is also a resounding atmosphere of solidarity and positivity – a campaign has been launched to get Eagles Of Death Metal, the band who were playing at the Bataclan theatre at the time of an attack, to number one in the charts, with proceeds hopefully being donated to those deeply affected. Here we look at the reactions from the creative community on social media and beyond.


The designer who recently left Lanvin posted some beautiful drawings on his brand new Instagram account.


This image was widely circulated on social media as though it was Banksy’s work, having come from a Twitter account pretending to be the Bristol artist. In fact, it was drawn by French artist Jean Jullien, who told Wired: "It was a reaction. The first thing that came to me was the idea of peace, that we needed peace."



The VFiles fashion kid left these words on his Instagram:

Tonight is a tragic night.
Ive lived in paris for 10 years and tonight ive got some really bad news tonight,
People i know and people i love have been hurt or worse tonight, but my family is safe and thats that. I send all my love and condolences to anybody who's close one has died in the massacre.
To know neighborhoods i grew up in and places i used to go to and hang out have been destroyed tonight and paris has been left terrorized.

Also: fuck terrorism.


British photographer Alasdair McLellan posted a negative of the Flamme de la Liberté, taken in 2005.


Balmain boss Olivier Rousteing spoke to Dazed in the aftermath of the shootings at Charlie Hebdo, speaking beautifully about the need for solidarity, while expressing his sadness. This weekend he posted a passage of text on his Instagram suggesting that when things like this happen, the whole world mourns.


The French fashion editor posted an image of an eye shedding a tear with the pupil painted with the colours of the French flag.


The designer posted a pencil drawing by Kelly Marie Beeman, the NYC fashion illustrator, along with the message #prayforParis.


Lagerfeld revealed to WWD that he’d personally been affected by the attacks, losing five people who were in his inner circle. In a show of solidarity, he ventured out on to the streets of Paris and visited two of his favourite places – fashion emporium Collette and the bookshop Galignani, but did say that "it felt like there was a black veil over the city".


The icon performed in Stockholm on Saturday night and dedicated her hit "Like a Prayer" to Paris. Beforehand, she'd said to the crowd, "It's been really hard, actually, to get through the show, because in many ways I feel torn. Like, why am I up here dancing and having fun when people are crying over the loss of their loved ones? However, that is exactly what these people want to do. They want to shut us up. They want to silence us. And we won't let them."


Fashion's number one sound director posted a sombre selfie of himself stood beneath an artwork displaying the text, "STAND HERE AND THINK ABOUT SOMEONE YOU LOVE".


Like many others, Louis Vuitton’s creative director posted a black square out of respect for those who had lost their lives in Paris.


The British supermodel posted a photo of the Eiffel Tower, along with the hashtag #PrayForParis and a caption saying, "My heart and thoughts are with Paris and all whom are there right now."


The Leon director rarely uses his Twitter account – just 51 tweets at the time of writing, but on November 13 he posted this pencil drawing of the Eiffel Tower along with an emoji of a broken heart.