A dispute ensued the following morning when one of the agents tried to pay off an escort with just $30.
He soon had a following and invited one young man to accompany him as he preached the gospel.
That news, following upheaval at Jil Sander in Milan, turned the focus away from the clothes and onto the boardroom.
c.1300, verbal noun from follow (v.). Meaning "a body of disciples or retainers" is from mid-15c.
Old English folgian, fylgan "follow, accompany; follow after, pursue," also "obey, apply oneself to a practice or calling," from West Germanic *fulg- (cf. Old Saxon folgon, Old Frisian folgia, Middle Dutch volghen, Dutch volgen, Old High German folgen, German folgen, Old Norse fylgja "to follow").
Probably originally a compound, *full-gan with a sense of "full-going;" the sense then shifting to "serve, go with as an attendant" (cf. fulfill). Related: Followed; following. To follow one's nose "go straight on" first attested 1590s. "The full phrase is, 'Follow your nose, and you are sure to go straight.' " [Farmer].