Karl Lagerfeld never fails to enthrall us with his Chanel spectaculars, as they have now become. While we were still reeling from the enormous supermarket he created last season, with Cara Delevingne shimmying down the aisles stocked with branded Chanel goodies, today he had built the façade of a typical Parisian street, complete with faux puddles by the ‘pavements’.
And while this was exciting enough, made even more so by the FROW arrivals including Alexa Chung, Poppy Delevingne and Anna Wintour, the real drama kicked off when Karl’s finale transformed into a giant, extremely fashionable protest- led by Cara and co! Yes, there were giant placards and Chanel megaphones (complete with quilting), with banners declaring ‘Be your own stylist’, ‘Make fashion not war’, ‘Tweed is better than tweet’ and ‘Ladies first’.
Of course, Karl’s leading ladies looked a lot more haute than your average activists, clad in painted, abstract florals in rainbow brights, mannish tweed suits, classic boucle jackets trimmed with petals, pretty, puff-sleeve dresses and flat shoes galore. We also spotted none other than Gisele Bundchen taking to the (fake) boulevard in a stripy cardigan and matching booties, before she reappeared clutching a megaphone. And before you ask, Kendall was also present and correct, decked out in a graphic monochrome mini dress with cross-front straps.
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Karl himself managed to look slightly bemused and simultaneously pleased with his protest. Mind you, given his all-star model line-up and picture perfect collection, we can’t say we blame him. Monsieur Lagerfeld has given street style new meaning- and we’re already obsessed with those colour-splash boots…
By Hannah Banks-Walker