Swapping handbags for banners: the models at this season’s Chanel show in Paris took to the streets of a faux boulevard set in the Grand Palais.
Chanel guru Karl Lagerfeld who, despite his famously stiff collars is known for his sense of humour, chose to recreate a fake street protest to show off his upcoming spring-summer collection.
Some of the looks were almost psychedelic, with paint-splattered coats, rainbow tweeds and pastel tie-dye bags. Eyeshadow was peacock-toned and shoes were golden and flat.
There was also a hefty seasoning of masculine references with cropped navy and white striped knits, and shiny pinstriped suits worn with sandals laced up like brogues.
After the show, Lagerfeld said his goal was to play with boundaries between modern and classic and masculine and feminine: “You know you can be a woman, you can be a man but everybody has two arms and two legs and you can play with the elements from the man and from the woman. For the other details you take the decision privately.”
Models at the Alexander McQueen show wore masks and high-heeled gladiator sandals as they marched past huge white orchid sculptures by British artist Marc Quinn.
As in all of designer Sarah Burton’s collections, this one had a mix of menace and vulnerability.
Crafted largely in silk and leather, it contained recurring themes such as leather straps binding the chest, flowered prints, and black and white graphics with geometric silver stripes. The feeling was quite Japanese, both in colour and shape, ranging from flowing capes to long jackets with wide sleeves over flared slacks.
Modern-day nymphs stomped down the runway in wooden wedges for John Galliano’s jungle-inspired collection.
Showcasing a palette of wild prints in various shades of green, it featured an array of jungle-inspired mini-dresses and flowing gowns, involving delicate layers of chiffon and plenty of leather leaves.
Famously sacked by both Dior and his own brand back in 2011 following a drunken anti-Semitic outburst at a Paris restaurant, Galliano is rumoured to be planning a comeback at Maison Martin Margiela's Haute Couture wing.