Chanel models in sorbet pink skip down stairs at Paris fashion show

Tue Jan 21, 2014 2:11pm EST
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By Alexandria Sage

PARIS (Reuters) - While most other fashion designers may settle for the usual trappings of their business - a dark room, straight runway and phalanx of bored-looking models - Karl Lagerfeld likes to have fun.

For Chanel's haute couture collection in Paris on Tuesday, creative director Lagerfeld presented no less than an orchestra, a revolving stage, two curving staircases and over 60 suits and dresses in sorbet shades for Spring/Summer 2014.

Under the soaring ceiling of the Grand Palais, the rapt audience was treated to a frothy and oh-so-chic spectacle as models in sparkly sneakers skipped down the stairs to musical accompaniment.

"To give to very expensive, handmade, beautiful crafted clothes ... an attitude of something everybody wears in daily life, that brings couture, in a way, to reality," said Lagerfeld after the show, explaining the choice of footwear.

Silhouettes were cinched at the waist - no overeating for Chanel wearers this season - with corset skirts under cropped jackets in creamy pale ivories, lavenders and even a shocking Pepto Bismol pink.

A tight waist of black sparkles dramatically separated four tiers of pleated ruffles in metallic dove grey silk on the bodice of a dress from another ruffled cascade at the hem.

In pairing sneakers with the highly embellished haute couture looks, Lagerfeld gave a nod to the prevalence of sportswear and displayed his trademark sense of humor.

Models emerged from an entrance at the crest of the double staircase wearing silver elbow- and knee-pads - presumably to fend off the hoards of women willing to kill for such an outfit.   Continued...

Models present creations by German designer Karl Lagerfeld for French fashion house Chanel as part of his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in Paris January 21, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier