THE AVANT GARDIST

KARL GOES SHOPPING

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This Tuesday, March 4th, Karl Lagerfeld went above and beyond the famed house’s yearly Grand Palais takeover by turning it into the CHANEL Shopping Center. With this show, Lagerfeld stuck to his guns, upholding his sentiment on refinement, “Everything has to be the top of refinement, if not, couture has no reason to exist.”

Models dressed as walking juxtapositions shopped the color-coded faux grocery store. They were the embodiment of Jackie O meets cheeky sporty chic. Midriffs were paired with tweed coats while big shoulders and oversized sunglasses balanced out chains and monochromatic outfits.

Beyond the grocery store, here are some other potential points of inspiration: Pleasantville’s grocery store scene, Andy Warhol at Gristede’s supermarket in 1962, and Singapore’s Wanderlust Hotel’s Pantone inspired rooms.

As fascinating and boundary pushing as the concept of this show is, it’s beyond fitting with the history of The Grand Palais because it’s a place known for pushing boundaries and innovation. Since its inauguration on May 1st, 1900, the Grand Palais has hosted art shows and cultural inventions alike, from the automobile to aviation and from Henri Matisse to Chanel’s yearly shows. Interestingly, the Parisian Resistance used the Palais as their headquarters during WWII and during WWI it served as a military hospital and local artists were hired to decorate the hospital rooms and make molds for prosthetic limbs.

Lagerfeld has certainly raised the bar for himself and the industry alike; and I look forward to how he’ll top this next season.

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Photos: CHANEL FW 2014-15 RTW Show at the Grand Palais, Paris
Feature Image: Final picture CHANEL FW 2014-15 RTW by Olivier Saillant

By Sara Becker

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