Solar panels and wind turbines were the majestic background for the latest Chanel show, an image that immediately transports us to renewable sources of energy and some kind of solution to an environmental crisis. And is another reminder that Mr. Lagerfeld has been feeling very ecological lately... going from a Volcanic adventure to an under the sea fantasy, until he reached this environmental statement - I wonder what is coming for next season -. But when you look at the clothes, you just realize that is just that, a big wind machine desperate for attention, another big empty - in the essence off course - background to follow the Chanel tradition. As the clothes were as commercial as depth-lacking, no strong message was behind it.
Opening the show, a lot of black and white ensembles beautifully embellished with pearls, gave us a strong Chanel vibe and created a sense of strong expectations - or disappointment perhaps? - to see what was coming next after such majestic background. But after that, all we kept seeing were impeccably made luxurious dresses in which the always lavish and timeless pearls became one of the biggest statements of the show. Those bracelets and chokers where so imperial and desirable... Luxuriously decadent.
Massive hats that looked like solar panels and ridiculously - yet desirable - giant handbags made of pipes became the real statement of the show. An statement that was apparently directly-connected to that massive background, they were probably the big carriers of the ecological message... Where they really? We saw protective armor-like pieces, nature inspired embellishment, panel-like and wind-motors prints, and some other utterly obvious references, that felt... Well, too obvious and lacking of a real message. Is it possible that Mr. Lagerfeld sees things in a whole different way and I am not clever enough to understand his profound message? One way or another that message felt too subtle and empty, and idea created just for show and entertainment purposes. What a shame.Continued on the next page