Fashion’s leading designers, including Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren, have paid tribute to the city of Paris following the devastating blaze that tore through Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday (15Apr19).
Speaking to WWD, some of the biggest names in fashion lamented the loss of the iconic Parisian landmark, which was more than 850 years old.
Jacobs was quick to declare his love for Paris, expressing his belief that he “should have been born there” and describing Monday’s events as “horrible (and) painful”.
“Notre Dame was one of many symbols of Paris and such a strong and majestic one,” he gushed. “I’m very happy and proud that Mr. (Bernard) Arnault and LVMH have stood up and offered such generous support to restore this great beauty.”
Lauren went on to celebrate the enduring legacy of the building, which has survived two World Wars and become one of the most visited landmarks in the French capital.
“Notre Dame will rise from the ashes and continue to inspire not only the strong faith and resiliency of the French people,” he insisted, adding: “All of us from around the world have been touched by the beauty and history of that remarkable edifice.”
Meanwhile, Burberry’s Riccardo Tisci expressed that he was deeply saddened by the fire and called the site “a place of breathtaking beauty, history and religious significance”, and Michael Kors claimed that the structure “felt like an old friend” to him.
Despite the sorrow, there was a definite air of optimism surrounding the cathedral’s future, as Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele noted: “It has many times been attacked, robbed, destroyed. However, every time it was born again, more magnificent than before. I hope it will be the same this time.”
Following the catastrophic fire, fashion mogul Arnault, France’s richest man, and his LVMH luxury goods group pledged $226 million (£173 million) to help rebuild Notre Dame.
The generous donation came shortly after French fashion billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault contributed $113.1 million (£86.3 million) towards the rebuilding of the iconic landmark.
French President Emmanuel Macron has insisted that that cathedral will be rebuilt “even more beautifully”, and that the work will be completed within the next five years.
– Cover Media1