- Title: FRANCE: KARL LAGERFELD SHOWS HIS LATEST SPRING /SUMMER COLLECTION FOR CHANEL
- Date: 22nd January 2002
- Summary: (U1)PARIS, FRANCE (JANUARY 22, 2002) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) WIDE OF KARL LAGERFELD FASHION SHOW VARIOUS BLACK DRESS WITH SATIN TOP AND VELVET SKIRT VARIOUS, IVORY DRESS WITH BOW AND BUTTONED FRONT VARIOUS, LONG BLACK SATIN DRESS WITH BLACK-LINES WHITE COAT VARIOUS, IVORY DRESS WITH SEQUINS AND VEILS SLV BLACK SEE-THROUGH GOWN WITH GAUZE SLEEVELESS JACKET VARIOUS, LONG TWO-LENGTH BLACK LACE DRESS VARIOUS, LONG SLEEVED KNEE-LENGTH DRESS VARIOUS, LONG SLEEVED BLACK DRESS WITH BOW ON CHEST AND WHITE RUFFLES ON HEM VARIOUS, PINK DRESS AND OVERCOAT VARIOUS, CREAM COAT OVER PINK DRESS VARIOUS, PINK WEDDING GOWN VARIOUS, KARL LAGERFELD WITH MODELS ON CATWALK
- Embargoed: 6th February 2002 12:00
- Location: JANUARY 22, 2002
- Country: France
- Topics: Business,Fashion,Quirky,Light / Amusing / Unusual / Quirky
- Reuters ID: LVA946USJEH5ZHB5B2OHMKKRWKFC
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- Story Text: German designer Karl Lagerfeld paid homage to painter Marie Laurencin with an haute couture collection for Chanel of demure outfits in pastel shades of pink, yellow and grey.
Guests gathered in a see-through plastic tent printed with giant pink camellias in the Tuileries Gardens for the Chanel Spring/Summer 2002 collection on the fourth day of the spring-summer collections, which was due to conclude with legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent's farewell catwalk show.
Socialites decked out in their finest Chanel tweeds fanned themselves with their invitation cards as temperatures climbed inside the venue, a stone's throw from the Louvre museum.
Lagerfeld said the outfits were inspired by the pale colours and clean forms typical of the work of Laurencin, one of the major figures of the Paris art scene of the early 1900s.
A rose tweed coat was both simple and ornate, its lack of buttons or collar compensated by a scattering of embroidered sequinned camellias -- the house's signature flower.
Models inched across the catwalk like geishas in long narrow skirts with fishtail trains edged in ragged tulle.
Others appeared to float in broad tutu dresses worn with matching gossamer-light chiffon veil coats.
Feet appeared magically suspended in stilettos that featured a gap between the heel of the foot and the heel of the shoe, a technical innovation Lagerfeld dubbed the "detached heel".
Throughout, outfits were skin-tight, as if Lagerfeld -- who has dieted off a spectacular 42 kg (93 pounds) in the last year -- wanted his ultra-wealthy clients to do the same.
The 63-year-old designer may be approaching retirement age himself, but he shows no signs of wanting to quit.
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