March 5, 2013 PARIS
In Paris, for Fall 2013 Karl Lagerfeld emphasized tweeds that glittered, and metallic thread that brought shine to wovens. As always the emphasis was on who sat in the front row. It always is in a high profile Parisian runway show. Like moths to a flame that stars come out for Chanel.
Jessica Chastain and Milla Jovovich sat in the front row. Fame. Money. Success. How glamorous. Coco Chanel too threw runway shows in occupied nazi Vichy France; where top nazi officials sat in the front row like celebrities of today! Then too the emphasis was on who sat in the front row. It wasn’t scandalous; it was like today. Fame. Money. Success.
Aymeline Valade the model was entangled in a wonderful, shiny spirographic web. The effect was a little starlight spacey; though that impression might also have been steered by the Cardin-esque helmets some of the models were wearing. (They were, said Lagerfeld, actually facsimiles, in fur, of Anna Wintour's iconic bob.)
The clothes were dark, too. And lean: a favorite silhouette fitted to the hip, then flared into a short skirt over leather cuissardes.
The other key shape was equally streamlined, cut high on the thigh at the front, dipping to mid-calf at the back. It was all premeditated Karl at his best.