Karl Lagerfeld Sent Stormtrooper-ish Robots Down the Chanel Runway
In a season dominated by the spectacle rather than the sartorial, Chanel maestro Karl Lagerfeld did his part in adding to the collective buzz by sending his own double-C iteration of Star Wars Stormtroopers—dressed in classic Chanel tweed jackets and skirts—down the runway at the French house’s show today at Paris’s Grand Palais. He had fair enough reason: The large white robotic figures opened a show dedicated to the digital age. The background? A larger-than-life set, as per usual, of stacked computer processors with colorful wires streaming everywhere you looked—called “Data Center Chanel.” The styles that followed weren’t as technical as they were indicative of those living in a digital world (read: millennials), including major earrings and necklaces, mini robot-shaped evening bags and perforated leather LED light-up clutches, and multicolored snapback baseball caps, playfully turned to the side to invoke a youthful vibe.
Seated front row were Chanel ambassador and all-around style muse Lily-Rose Depp, my childhood crush Usher, and Courtney Love with daughter Frances Bean Cobain. Notably not in attendance, neither seated at the show nor walking in it, was Kendall Jenner who as of yesterday was reported to have left Paris Fashion Week early in the wake of her sister Kim Kardashian’s traumatic robbery. As commanders and masters of multiple digital platforms, the two would have fit right into Karl Lagerfeld’s show theme. But as we all know about technology, anything can change instantly.
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