Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Chanel goes 'green'

Karl Lagerfeld, the multitasking photographer, art collector, linguist, writer, and the designer behind the powerful French brand, Chanel, added another title to his cv at the Paris prêt-à-porter season: the chic environmentalist.
The one-man fashion “storm”, had the Chanel invitations printed with his own sketch of the endangered polar bear; created an Arctic landscape from 240 tons of ice in the Grand Palais – and, then, filled the collection with fake fur.

“It’s so good now, technical advances are so perfect you can hardly tell fake fur from the real thing,” he said backstage. “Fake is not chic – we have got a new Chanel tweed to stop copies – but fake fur is.”
“It’s not global warming, it’s global-cooling!”
The audience, shivering in the Alaskan conditions of the Grand Palais, with Vanessa Paradis and Lindsay Lohan, among the front-row celebrities, would have readily agreed.
The models strolled through a North Pole wilderness of icebergs - sculpted by the team who created the world’s largest hotel made of ice and snow, in the Swedish village of Jukkasjä - wearing shaggy, fake-fur coats, and fake-fur-trimmed tweeds.
They splashed through icy waters, left by the melting ‘bergs, in fake-fur yeti boots, and “Chanel”, two-tone shoes, covered with plastic galoshes, some of which came loose and were left floating behind, like detritus from a polar expedition.
The fake-fur flurry included woolly mammoth-look trousers, for both men and women; Inuit-style knits; and evening-wear in fake-fox, mixed with cream lace and tweed, and accessorised with ice-crystal jewellery.

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