Paris Fashion Week: Chanel Spring/Summer 15
The (Chanel) empire strikes back
Today, Karl Lagerfeld made a swift exit from Colette – as he previewed the new Apple Watch with Suzy Menkes – to go join his gang of female protestors (which included Kendall Jenner) at Chanel's Spring/Summer 15 runway show.
As guests sat down at 'Boulevard Chanel', which was the Grand Palais transformed into a wide Parisian street, we were sure the last thing they were expecting was models to walk down the catwalk holding signs with 'Be Your Own Stylist', 'Ladies First', and 'He for She' – a nod to Emma Watson's recent UN campaign – while of course being decked out in Chanel's newest ensembles.
Besides Karl's political yet stylish message, the collection consisted of 83 beautifully constructed outfits. Models first walked out in masculine tweed suits, with brightly-coloured ties or blouses – which borrowed its silhouettes from the 1970s and 80s. Gradually more colour and print started to appear, taking the shape of watercolour effect floral patterns seen across knee-high booties, silk skirts and jackets.
Toning down the pink, orange and purple hues, a set of more androgynous suede khaki looks followed, taking inspiration from the uniforms worn by women who worked in factories from the era.
Keeping to his tailored cuts of pants, blazers, collar shirts and shorts, Lagerfeld modernised the industrial working theme with beautiful floral embroideries, sequined stripes, and lace.
Ensuring their hands stay free, most handbags were seen thrown across models chests, from simple black or white leather messenger bags and Chanel briefcases to plastic navy boxes that had '5 × 5 = Chanel' and 'Make Fashion Not War' engraved onto them.
As the powerful show came to an end, photographers leapt from the sidelines to capture Chanel's empowering females pacing down the runway, with Karl himself even striding at the very front of the march, and we think its safe to say, we hear you Karl, loud and clear!