Karl Lagerfeld installed 13 windmills and a podium built from solar panels inside Grand Palais for the presentation of Chanel Spring-Summer 2013 collection. Is it time for fashion evolution? Karl thinks it is!
Chanel’s presentation is always the main attraction at Paris Fashion Week and 2012 was no exception. The French fashion house mannequins paraded on a catwalk made of photovoltaic panels, among 13 moving windmills almost as big as the real ones.
Lagerfeld is a theatrical designer. Most of his presentations are based on a special scenography, but concerning the parade in October, the fashion press wondered if the designer wasn’t more concerned about the environmental impact of fashion. The answer to that in “no” because the Chanel show from Paris didn’t make a political demonstration but simply was a reason to combine fashion with spectacular. In addition, the famous Chanel quilted bag, now fixed between two circles hula-hoop, could not possibly pass unnoticed when you it had 13 rotating giants in the back.
In a show with vague SF influences, Lagerfeld mixed bright attires and unusual cuts, focusing on large jackets and boleros that seemed to float around models, but also shiny materials that have a plasticized aspect or that give the impression of being composed from rings. There were also knee skirts and spherical applications and also dresses that seemed to be woven from the same material as photovoltaic panels.