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Wednesday October 2, 2013 MYT 2:32:00 PM
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by helen rowe
The walls of Lagerfeld’s gallery – built inside Paris’s Grand Palais – were dotted with abstract works, some already in demand from real art galleries.
Paintings bore the famous Chanel logo while sculptures included a classic black quilted handbag suspended upside down with its chain trailing on the ground.
Singer Katy Perry was among those on the front row along with fashion photographer Mario Testino and model Ines de La Fressange.
On the catwalk, colour took centre stage with silk print dresses inspired by an antique German paint chart and suits that came in the usual flattering shapes but with plenty of modern detail for spring/summer 2014.
Other looks that stood out included pink knit dresses and loose black trousers with a wide black and pink woven knit around the waist.
Following on from the “stocking boot” of Lagerfeld’s earlier 2013 collections, footwear consisted of woolly socks attached to black and white patent leather court shoes.
Speaking afterwards, Lagerfeld highlighted the collection’s “jackets with no front, sleeveless dresses looking like suits ... and prints (with) over 150 colours”.
The designer said he had wanted to create a sense of light-heartedness.
“There should be a relationship between fashion and art because art shouldn’t take itself too seriously and fashion either,” he said.
“So it’s about a kind of likeness between the two, like in the days of Andy Warhol – he was the only one who saw that fashion and art could go well together. After that they became too serious,” he said.
Art galleries had already been in touch about many of the works created for the set, Lagerfeld said, adding however that they were not for sale. – AFP
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