Chic 'protesters' take Boulevard Chanel at Fashion Week

Tue Sep 30, 2014 1:49pm EDT
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By Alexandria Sage

PARIS (Reuters) - Life is fine on Boulevard Chanel, the street facade created by designer Karl Lagerfeld for his ready-to-wear show on Tuesday, where leggy models in expensive outfits staged a faux demonstration as part of the spectacle.

Lagerfeld's commentary on the French proclivity for protests drew howls of laughter from the fashionable crowd gathered inside the Grand Palais who were surrounded on four sides by an immense backdrop of a chic Paris block.

In Lagerfeld's heightened reality, there was none of Paris's familiar graffiti or dog mess to sully the splendor of Boulevard Chanel, only dozens and dozens of brightly hued suits and dresses from the energetic German designer.

At the finale, models - including Brazilian Gisele Bundchen - held an urbane street demonstration as Chaka Khan's feminist anthem "I'm Every Woman" blared overhead.

Armed with megaphones, the models waved signs that read "Women's Rights are More Than Alright," "We Can Match the Machos" and "Divorce for All," accompanied by the sunglass-wearing Lagerfeld, ponytail in place and iPhone in hand.

After the show, Lagerfeld dismissed any grand political meaning, saying merely that it felt "right for the moment."

"I don't ask myself political questions at that level," he said, while acknowledging that the "Divorce for All" placard poked fun at critics of France's gay marriage law, which passed last year.

"Fifty percent of all marriages end in divorce, so forget it!" he said.   Continued...

German designer Karl Lagerfeld appears with models who stage a demonstration at the end of his Spring/Summer 2015 women's ready-to-wear collection for French fashion house Chanel during Paris Fashion Week September 30, 2014.    REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes