In addition to his boundless imagination and ability to reinvent fashion, without changing the DNA of the house, Karl Lagerfeld is one thing above all: a visionary. Never he copied, he does not turn to look at the past, before anything he never shrinks back, nothing is too revolutionary. He looks always forward and lives his ideas and dreams – especially in the couture collections. And what vision was presented the fashion crowd this time at the Grand Palais? The desire of the urban human nature, according to sustainability!
Sustainability. A term that you would not compare with haute couture in conjunction. But that’s Karl. For the presentation of the Spring / Summer 2016 haute couture collection, he has brought the staging to the runways, with the orientation of the collection, the theme of nature on the very big Fashion tableau, that called out in the world thanks to all Facebook, Instagram- and Twitter accounts of the Fashion audience.
For the spring / summer 2016 haute couture collection Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais in Paris in a clean timber pavilion, reminiscent of a doll’s house, from recyclable materials. In the middle of a green lawn, in the place of a walkway wooden plates were inserted. In front of a bright blue sky (the gray Parisian sky could be seen through the glass roof of the Grand Palais). With large trees. The message: life in harmony with nature!
The collection itself is not based on environmentally friendly or even certified materials and the dominant color Beige (one of Coco Chanel’s favorite colors) may look like nature, but shows not some extend the XL color palette, which can be produced with natural dyeing techniques. But you eventually can not equal even all three. After all, we see in the collection natural materials like wood (for opulent chains) and cork (as platform soles). And glittering insects (as decoration on side pockets) and flowers (as all-over look or an XL decoration item) reflect the nature on dresses & Co.
Conclusion: The fashion world celebrates nature with Chanel. And shows that fashion and nature are not opposites. (So far) non eco-friendly but eco-conscious. A big step in the right direction. And who knows, what Karl Lagerfeld plans for the upcoming season!