Security Rules... Living Like the Hilfigers...

Add bomb threats to the list of headaches facing designers showing in Paris this season.

SECURITY RULES: Add bomb threats to the list of headaches facing designers showing in Paris this season. Police evacuated the Eiffel Tower on Tuesday evening for the second time this month after receiving an anonymous phone tip-off, snarling traffic and delaying the handful of shows scheduled on the first day of Paris Fashion Week. Didier Grumbach, president of the Chambre Syndicale — French fashion’s governing body — said Wednesday he hoped government warnings of a heightened terror risk would not interfere unduly with the nine-day show schedule. There is no tent pitched at the foot of the Eiffel Tower this season and designers are no longer showing at the Carrousel du Louvre, the underground venue where tight security caused long delays in the aftermath of 9/11. “It does worry us, but it is worth reminding people that in Paris, fashion is completely invisible,” said Grumbach, noting Paris does not stage public events during the ready-to-wear displays. “Frankly, it is not like the Cannes Film Festival,” he said. That might change in future, however. Grumbach said he had been contacted by Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoë with a view to turning Paris Fashion Week into a citywide event, like the “Milano Loves Fashion” festival staged by Milanese mayor Letizia Moratti.

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