PARIS (AFP) – Karl Lagerfeld created a spectacular mid-winter wooden for his Paris catwalk on Tuesday (March 6), however instantly fell foul of environmental activists who accused him of felling century-old bushes for the present.
The veteran German creator turned the Grand Palais right into a forest, with tonnes of dead leaves strewn on mirrored steps and 9 tall mossy bushes planted down the center of its huge nave.
Trees had additionally been chopped down for the rows of benches for his company, together with Hollywood star Keira Knightley, British pop singer Lily Allen and former French first girl Carla Bruni Sarkozy.
The France Nature Environment group later condemned the present as “heresy”, accusing the posh model of making an attempt to “give itself a more green image which is completely divorced from the reality of protecting nature.”
It stated that no matter level Chanel was making an attempt to show with the present “had failed.
Nature shouldn’t be chopping down bushes in a forest, placing them up for a number of hours for a present after which throwing them right into a skip.”
The model – whose PVC-themed assortment final 12 months raised eyebrows at a time when plastic air pollution is hitting the headlines – ought to be “setting an example”, the group stated in an announcement.
HUGE ‘LIFE-LIKE’ FOREST
Fashion critics, nonetheless, had praised the set, with Harper’s Bazaar declaring that the “runway may be (Lagerfeld’s) best yet”. It cherished the “life-like forest” he conjured up that “seemed to extend infinitely”.
The 84-year-old creator had despatched out a darkish and stylish assortment Tuesday that eschewed the bubblegum girliness of Chanel’s high fashion present in January.
The few pinks and electrical blues he allowed to seep into the present had been confined to purses and the very Audrey Hepburn leather-based opera gloves worn with a collection of black lace slip attire.
The last Lagerfeld contact was that the gloves, like his personal, had been fingerless.
With his controversial wispy beard that so divided opinion at January’s fuller now, the “Kaiser” took one of many briefest bows of his profession after the present, permitting photographers little likelihood to verify its progress.
Some critics had then found it shockingly “scruffy” for the world’s pre-eminent model guru, who had not modified his look in 20 years.
Lagerfeld started the present with a run of full-length black coats matched with glowing gold tights, one coat feathered on the shoulders and cuffs which gave it greater than a touch of French Empire sprint.
Earthy, autumnal colors dominated, lit up with the glint of embroidered crystals and glitter, as he ran via the gamut of Chanel’s traditional tweedy seems – metropolis slickers bringing a contact of ever-so-tasteful glamour to the horsey nation set.
The entire prime of 1 notably placing coat with burnt orange velvet collars and cuffs was lined in a fall of delicate applique darkish inexperienced and burnished gold leaves.
This was not the gold of the nouveau riche however the distressed sheen of outdated cash.
The veteran picked up and ran with its mottled glow in a line of darkly burnished gold and copper boots, fits and skirts.
Front-row stars together with French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis drooled over Lagerfeld’s new massive baggage and equipment. They included a “log” purse so near the actual factor you may danger shedding it within the woods.
Chanel’s trademark lengthy, pearl necklaces additionally made a reappearance, with former supermodel Cindy Crawford’s 16-year-old daughter Kaia Gerber carrying earrings that includes the model’s double C brand.
South Korean star Hoyeon Jung and British mannequin activist Adwoa Aboah additionally walked within the 80-look present.