Paris Fashion Week Special: Chanel

Leave it to Karl Lagerfeld to take fashion back to the Ice Age. At a chilly temperature of 25 degrees and a 265-ton iceberg brought in from Sweden as the backdrop, the Grand Palais was set for Chanel’s Fall 2010 arctic freeze. Standing at 28-feet tall, huge chunks of ice made up the glacial sculpture around which the models strutted the catwalk in thick tweeds and cozy knits. The models (including Lagerfeld favorites Lara Stone and Freja Beja Erichsen) stomped through the icy floor in two-toned plastic galoshes and kept warm in all sorts of lush fur (pants, bags, boots, you name it), all of which was faux. According to Lagerfeld, “Fake is not chic, but fake fur is.” I especially love all of the white pieces (including a finale wedding dress!). Even the accessories were iced-out. Models clutched lucite minaudieres in which the classic Chanel quilting and interlocking C’s looked like they had been frozen over – another take on the clear trend we’re seeing so much of right now). Bundle up.

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