Chanel muses on global cooling with iceberg show

Tue Mar 9, 2010 2:23pm EST
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By Sophie Hardach and Mathilde Gardin

PARIS (Reuters Life!) - An event based around hundreds of fashionistas flying in from all over the world was never going to be a convincing platform for environmental campaigning, but designers in Paris haven't let that stop them.

While British designer Vivienne Westwood regularly rails against global warming, fashion king Karl Lagerfeld trumped her with a rival theory at the Chanel show on Monday: the globe is in fact cooling, and he has an iceberg to prove it.

"Have you felt any warming this winter?" Lagerfeld, with trademark black sunglasses and white ponytail, told reporters after showing his autumn collection, referring to freezing cold weather outside. "Maybe that's all nonsense, who knows."

Lagerfeld had erected a huge iceberg in the middle of the glass-domed Grand Palais to mark his chilly theme, dressing models in fake fur trousers and yeti boots to prepare them for the coming ice age.

"In any case, nature has its surprises," he added wisely.

Chanel's classic tweed suit was reinforced with fur-trimmed sleeves and hems. The tweed itself was lightened up as Lagerfeld used wool-embroidered organza instead of classic heavy tweed.

Animal fur has been making a comeback on catwalks in recent years, despite fierce protests from animal rights activists, but Lagerfeld said he had opted for a compromise.

"There wasn't any real fur, it's all fake. The word 'synthetic' is horrible, fake fur used to be hideous but there's been enormous progress," he said.   Continued...

<p>German designer Karl Lagerfeld appears at the end of his Fall/Winter 2010/11 women's ready-to-wear fashion show for French fashion house Chanel during Paris Fashion Week March 9, 2010. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier</p>