Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld does not have make trends; he just has to keep Chanel relevant, according to a Jan. 22 report in The Telegraph. While relevance may be somewhat elusive, the chic perfumes keepsakes handed to each guest at the designer’s Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week show should keep the brand relevant, at least in magazines.
The Telegraph reports that the Chanel spring/summer 2013 collection was shown in a Dior-like setting, featuring oakwood and pinewood, a scene reminiscent of the royal wedding; an intimate scene with none of the hoopla of other ready-to-wear fashion shows. The 60s-inspired dresses, with an air of Miss Haversham showcased delicate black chantilly lace, gold lame, eau de nil feathers on tulle necklines, and beaded embroidery. Limiting himself to red, black and white, Lagerfeld aptly stayed away from the overplayed trends of 2013.
And for the traditional wedding finale? A statement on same-sex marriage; two brides on the catwalk in a nod to current gay rights debates in France.
According to The Huffington Post, the designer used fashion to support gay marriage law. “I don't even understand the debate. Since 1904 (in France) the church and state have been separate,” Lagerfeld said after the show. The designer reportedly also gave his opinion on religion intolerance, “If (those against) want a sacred religious union, (they can) in the church, temple, cathedral, synagogue or mosque.” However, Lagerfeld said he was opposed to gay couples being allowed to adopt children.
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