PARIS (AFP) – Karl Lagerfeld took Chanel for a paddle within the sea on Tuesday (Oct 2), creating an enormous seaside with actual waves for his joyously zingy Paris trend week present.
The 85-year-old produced a winningly youthful assortment to elevate the spirits of jaded fashionistas on the final day of the packed nine-day schedule, which ends a marathon month of exhibits in New York, London and Milan.
With smooth drizzle falling exterior and the October chill starting to chunk in a gray French capital, multiple regretted not taking a towel.
Lagerfeld even did an impromptu little jig on a pier on the finish to acknowledge the extended applause.
Led by the designer’s newest muse, Dutch-born Luna Bijl, fashions walked barefoot by means of whispering waves which lapped onto the white sand due to a set of hidden pistons.
An military of celebrities together with Thai princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, singer Pharrell Williams and actress Pamela Anderson watched from the dunes as a battalion of catwalk queens together with Cara Delevingne and Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber got here up from the seaside and slipped into low mules to strut the boardwalk runway.
Sometimes Chanel’s spectacular units are as talked about as the garments.
But this time the garments had lots to say for themselves.
KARL’S FRESH NEW LOOK
The veteran creator hit the candy spot from his outsized Chanel jackets and 1960s-style blue trapeze coat gown to a protracted line of elegant informal appears to be like utilizing the present’s seaside umbrella motif.
All the model’s couture touches had been there in glittering flowery crystal embroidery and in little black tulle clothes match for essentially the most choose seaside villa soirees.
With a beady eye on the underside line, Lagerfeld used the model’s identify in capital letters in all places.
From the garments themselves and a brand new line of massive crystal necklaces, belts and earrings, the label’s identify additionally turned up on a set of wonderful double-billed straw hats with CHA on the entrance and NEL on the again.
Little silver and black beach-ball luggage got here on Chanel chains and a black scallop shell-shaped quantity with patent spines had smartphones clicking.
And with Lagerfeld insisting that the one factor higher than a Chanel bag is having two, he despatched out Bijl and some of his different stars carrying two traditional Chanel luggage slung throughout the physique, one in every hand like a pair of six-shooters.
In the previous Lagerfeld has turned the huge Grand Palais into an ocean liner, a rocket launch pad, the world’s chicest grocery store and controversially a mid-winter wooden filled with timber.
After environmentalists attacked Chanel in March for felling decades-old oaks for its autumn-winter assortment, the label stated it will now “attempt to recycle, reuse and or find alternative uses for the materials” it makes use of in its exhibits.
Lagerfeld stated afterwards that the present, whose various actuality Vogue in comparison with the “Truman Show”, was meant to be escapist in these darkish occasions.
“It is a good idea to make something with some hope in it,” he stated, assuring that each drop of water used within the present could be “reprocessed through the common sewage system” and each grain of sand “put back into the usual circuit of the construction industry, for which it was initially intended.”
Having grown a snowy white beard earlier this 12 months, Lagerfeld appears to be embracing change, ditching his trademark shades for the second time in every week after turning as much as Hedi Slimane’s debut at Celine in a brand new pair of black-framed glasses.
And in a nod to the atelier of designers and craftswomen who have lengthy supported him, Lagerfeld took the bow alongside his head of studio Virginie Viard, one of many label’s behind-the-scenes heroines.