Karl Lagerfeld built a huge waterfall and flooded the vast Grand Palais for his spectacular Chanel show on Tuesday, the final day of Paris Fashion Week. The veteran designer sent out an army of “water nymphs” and modish mermaids in glittering white and blue-green outfits along a catwalk that snaked over a 85 metre-long recreation of the Gorges du Verdon in the mountains of Provence, where Chanel grows the jasmine and May rose flowers that go into its perfumes.
Yet what no one could take their eyes off were the thigh-high transparent PVC boots.
If the Duchess of Cambridge or Kim Kardashian need to look elegant the next time they go fishing for pike, Lagerfeld has just the waders for them.
In fact the German-born creator went PVC crazy, throwing in enough see-through rain hats, hoods and even elbow-length evening gloves to keep his well-heeled customers dry during a hurricane.
Karl goes for Generation Z
Scared of being caught by a sudden summer shower in your $10,000 dress.
Lagerfeld had just the thing — see-through, crystal-encrusted plastic raincoats and capes, though much more sophisticated and expensive than the ones your granny would slip into her trolley bag on a thundery day.
Like Balenciaga, the other aristocratic brand — which this week sought to bring Crocs sandals rapidly upmarket — Lagerfeld too seemed on a mission to rehabilitate the much maligned see-though mac.
The creator, who is notoriously coy about his age, believed to be 84, embraced youth in a big way, with a collection aimed strongly at millennials and Generation Z trendsetters as much as Chanel’s ladies-who-lunch customer base.
Lagerfeld was even thinking ahead to Generation Alpha by putting his eight-year-old godson Hudson Kroenig — who made his catwalk debut way back in 2012 — on the runway.
Those see-through hats and boots may yet be just the thing for Asia’s tropical showers – AFP