Chanel goes shopping, Valentino keeps it classical, McQueen creates a fantasy, and van Herpen experiments

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Chanel goes shopping, Valentino keeps it classical, McQueen creates a fantasy, and van Herpen experiments

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Welcome to the Chanel shopping center – German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld transformed Paris’s Grand Palais into a supermarket for the luxury brand’s show at Paris Fashion Week..

Models strolled around as if shopping, the idea being to demonstrate that luxury can be found anywhere, and that high fashion need not be confined to certain areas of life. Mind you, try wearing some of this stuff as you tramp around Lidl and see what happens.

Celebrities took a break from Fortnum’s to come and see the new collection: present and correct were Rihanna, Keira Knightley and American DJ/model Leigh Lezark

“I wanted to show the ease of the clothes, the way they walk in those shoes, the modern approach even to luxury, huh? That luxury should not be something confined to a limited thing, that if you are lucky enough that you can buy those things, buy them, but don’t wear them to show people how rich you are,” said Lagerfeld.

The Valentino show was much more conventional. The audience saw a potpourri of feminine and sophisticated looks, including 1960s graphic circles, embroidered birds and butterflies and diamonds in everything from lace to leather.

Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli say they took inspiration from several “unconventional” female Italian artists who helped change Italian culture in the 1960s and 1970s.

A fairy tale universe a la Tim Burton was created by English fashion designer Sarah Burton for her Alexander McQueen Fall 2014 womenswear collection.

In McQueen’s magical kingdom, creature-like models pranced down the runway decked in yeti-like fur and bawdy lace and feathered dresses.

Burton was named as the new creative director of Alexander McQueen in May 2010.

Iris van Herpen chose to vacuum-pack girls in giant clear plastic bags like quarantined aliens as the decor for her fashion show. The Dutch designer is always thinking about the future of fashion.

She describes her work as “a combination of very sophisticated manual work and digital technology”. She surprised with supernatural creations made ​​with the help of a 3D printer.

Van Herpen is looking for the extreme contradictions between beauty and regeneration. Each piece is very structural and symmetrical, just like the models of her former mentor, the late designer Alexander McQueen.

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