Paris Fashion Week Continues…

BATD ON Oct 07, 2009 AT 3:45 pm

Chanel Spring/Summer 2010

Chanel Spring/Summer 2010

Nothing was spared for the Chanel show, as a huge barn was built in the centre of the Grand Palais for the spectacle that included a heap of surprises. From Lily Allen rising out of the floor singing, to barefoot models throwing each other to the ground. And we haven’t even mentioned the clothes yet.

With Karl Lagerfeld’s magic couture hands, the collection came out nothing short of fabulous. He stuck to the season’s trends of lace, underwear, and natural colours. He took the essence of the brand and mixed it with the current fashions. The hemline for the classic, tweed Chanel suits seems to have risen. The models wore high-heeled clogs and sheer stockings with a crisscross ribbon pattern on the calves.

The models were reminiscent of modern-day Marie Antoinettes at the Petit Trianon, but with Bardot-esque hairstyles and a playful attitude. Lagerfeld could have fallen flat on his face with this kind of barn theme, but managed to roll out a show that wowed the audience. He gave the fashion brand a more youthful appearance with many different takes on the tweed.

Alexander McQueen S/S 2010

Alexander McQueen S/S 2010

Chanel brought some of the very best to the show: Prince, Rihanna, Claudia Schiffer, Princess Siriwanwaree Nareerat of Thailand, Sean Lennon, Natalia Vodianova, and Vogue’s Grace Coddington all made an appearance.

Alexander McQueen
Plato’s Atlantis was the theme this season for Alexander McQueen and it was haute couture all the way. None of it was very wearable, but very enjoyable to watch.

The performance began with Nick Knight’s video of Raquel Zimmermann lying naked in the sand, with snakes writhing around her body. Then the models came out in short reptile print dresses. Worn with unbelievably, painful looking shoes that nearly had the girls on their tiptoes as they slowly staggered down the runway. About midway through the show, it seemed to go underwater as the colour tone changed to pale blues, greys, and black. He showed us futuristic, black leather jumpsuits, belled-skirt silhouettes, and computer generated art patterns.

Always with a purpose behind his designs, he claimed that the collection was a reflection of a post-apocalyptic world where humans had evolved from creatures in the sea. As the collection neared the end, humans headed back under water as the ice caps dissolves.

Trust that the number one celebrity to crash the Alexander McQueen show would be Lady Gaga, and that she did, literally. The show was live-streamed on Nick Knight’s, well that was the plan, at least until Lady Gaga tweeted that McQueen was about to reveal her new single, and with over a million followers the site crashed.

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