And on the 7th day of Paris fashion week, Karl Lagerfeld led feminist riots! Chanel’s SS15 show at Paris Fashion Week was revolutionary, relevant and remarkable to fashion history. Located at no other than Paris’s Grand Palais, the runway was transformed into a Parisian street with a “Boulevard Chanel” street sign. Lagerfeld brilliantly embodied the Parisian Feminist Protests of 1968.
“I like the idea of street style and to make it down to earth- but it is a chic street” – Lagerfeld.
The army of protesters (models) were naturally led by Cara Delevigne with a quilted Chanel megaphone in hand. The collection reflected the real spirit of CoCo Chanel- sophisticated, street-smart fashion incorporating Chanel’s signature tweed. The collection consisted of flared trouser suits, mini skirts, cardigan dresses, knits and overalls with arty paint splashes and strong floral prints. Statement accessories, such as messenger bags with feminist phrases, were crucial part of the collection.The army of protestors held signs with feminist slogans such as: “Woman’s Rights Are More Than Alright“, “Make Fashion, Not War“,”History Is Her Story” and “Boys Should Get Pregnant Too“. Only one male walked the runway and he held a “He for She” sign- referencing Emma Watson’s UN Speech for Gender Equality.
With Gender Equality currently an global issue, this was the ideal but risky moment to protest. Lagerfeld successfully and powerfully communicated women empowerment and right of choice not only through the army of feminist protesters, but also through the chic SS15 collection.