Karl Lagerfeld held an art exhibition of his own at the Grand Palais for fashion show attendees to enjoy as part of his Chanel Spring/Summer 2014 collection runway show for Paris Fashion Week Womenswear on October 1, 2013 in Paris, France.
Lagerfeld showcased his artwork to include textile art, several paintings which feature the Chanel logo, sculptures, statues and a very sculptural metal tower.
The 80-year-old Creative Director of Chanel seems to be quite serious about this art thing. His work seems to be well thought-out and executed quite artistically…
While most of the artwork seems to be linked directly to Chanel (in particular the oversized quilted handbags with Chanel logos and numerous Chanel perfume bottles – even a robot!), there are items totally non-related such as the colorful nuclear reactors, the red quilted Sumo (okay, perhaps he’s quilted like a Chanel bag…), a classical Greco-Roman sculpture of a woman on a columnar pedestal, the nude bald man with a tire on his back and the oversized flowerpots.
The artistic and very tactile Textile Art pieces, which seem to be made of repurposed clothing include a slingshot, complete with white ball, a flower and a curtain on an oversized wooden hanger.
What looked like folded paper wall art was presented with an ornate golden frame placed in front of it. One of the most striking sculptures is of an oversized black Chanel double “C” logo with a bright red rod going through it.
And the models walked right by Lagerfeld’s artwork to present his Chanel S/S 2014 collection. Lagerfeld’s art reaffirms the fine line between fashion and art and indeed the two are quite inseparable!
Not sure how long Lagerfeld has been creating his lovely artwork but awfully glad that he shared it with us…