March 9th, 2011 by Hotel Fashionland received Comments Off

Karl Lagerfeld seemed to have been inspired by an apocalyptic future with a collection themed after volcanic landscapes. Rocks smoldered, the stage fumed and swirls of grey smoke wafted over an ash-strewn catwalk

at Paris’ Grand Palais as Lagerfeld unveiled his dark vision for women’s ready-to-wear near the end of an emotional week for the industry. “We needed a return to purity after this onslaught of color,” the German designer told reporters after the show. “It’s very chic, all of this black.”

Less beholden to Chanel’s archives than his past two shows, Tuesday’s collection featured a loose take on the brand’s flared jacket — now roomier, slanted down the front and rendered in heavy knit — that nonetheless hewed closely to a seasonal trend for comfort-giving fabrics.

Ubiquitous at Paris Fashion Week, capes and quilt-like materials were also on display at Chanel, where bulkier winter tops were offset by pencil-thin skinny trousers and heavy boots, lending the show a touch of London punk aesthetic. Also breaking with Chanel tradition were trouser-suits in silver-gray fabric, reminiscent of space gear. Friends of Lagerfeld, like his former model and muse Ines de la Fressange, defended his departure from tradition. “Chanel is not classic anymore…maybe not so many people want classic anymore.”  -

Baptiste Giabiconi, solidified star on the Fashion scene, and Lagerfeld’s muse.

Alexa Chung in top form -

Emma Robert – All grown up.

Dynamic Duo -  Andre Leon Talley and Anna Wintour

Kanye West sat front row for the show.

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