Negin Mirsalehi in Paris Fashion Week

Creative director Demna, who fled Georgia as a refugee in 1993, left a poignant note on every seat at the Balenciaga show (accompanied by a T-shirt in the colours of the Ukrainian flag), that stated: ‘the show is a dedication to fearlessness, to resistance and to the victory of love and peace.’ The set: a swirling snowstorm staged in the round behind glass, saw models carrying bags battle with the elements (a comment on global warming, said Demna). It was hard not to draw parallels between the scenes at Kyiv station as thousands flee for their lives.