Sunday, 12 October 2014

Karl Lagerfeld stages women’s rights demo on the catwalk for Chanel SS15 at Paris Fashion Week

Karl Lagerfeld isn’t one for half measures. Last season, he gave us the designer version of supermarket sweep with his custom-made Chanel supermarche and let the fashion eds go wild in the aisles for the Chanel branded goodies at the end of the show.
But that was nothing compared to the show he put on at Paris Fashion Week today. This time, he created an entire Parisian district and then staged a feminist march on its streets.
Yep. Boulevard Chanel (the streets surprisingly not paved with gold) was brought to life inside the Grand Palais in painstaking detail – right down to the puddles and Zebra crossings.
An A-list FROW including Alexa Chung, Poppy Delevingne and Laura Bailey watched from the pavements as the models-cum-protestors staged their very stylish protest.
Models Kendall Jenner, Gisele Bundchen and Georgia May Jagger were led out by Cara Delevingne whom someone had handed a megaphone to (was that wise?), all bearing placards with slogans including ‘#HeForShe’, ‘History is her story’ and, erm, ‘Make fashion not war’ (some of these were later seen written on the label’s iconic bags)
Yet, through all the shouting and drama, to Lagerfeld’s credit, it was still the clothes that made the most noise.
As has been the theme of many of the SS15 shows, the collection has its roots in the seventies – an era, of course, synonymous with anti-war protests and the growth of the women’s rights movement.
The catwalk was awash with psychedelic watercolour prints and peace symbols (entwined with the Chanel double C logo) and THE trouser shape for spring: the flare.
But, there was also a modern androgyny to the clothes, with grey marl trouser suits, worn with colourful silk ties and white shirts, loose cropped trousers worn with tweed trimmed polo shirts, and sections devoted to scaly metallic dresses and knitted stripes (how much do we want those striped knitted boot/welly hybrids?)
Lagerfeld deserves all the plaudits coming his way for another stellar collection. When those feminist slogan bags drop next spring, we’re predicting a riot.


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