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Chic "protesters" take Boulevard Chanel at Paris Fashion Week

9:08pm IST - 01:13

Chanel recreates a Parisian boulevard, complete with angry protesters brandishing placards, in a riotous twist to Paris Fashion Week. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The spirit of the barricades returned to the leafy boulevards of Paris for fashion week on Tuesday (September 30), for all those brave enough to go protesting in a Chanel suit. The luxury juggernaut, headed up by ponytailed impresario Karl Lagerfeld, recreated a Parisian street for its Spring/Summer 2015 show, complete with that most French of features - a demo. Leggy models brandishing placards with slogans reading "History is Her Story" and "Be Different" joined the designer for the catwalk finale in a twist that was pure Lagerfeld. Of course, there was no graffiti nor dog droppings in sight to sully the splendour of Boulevard Chanel, only dozens and dozens of brightly hued suits and dresses from the German designer whose energy and creativity seems boundless. Coats in signature Chanel tweed of green and pink were lined with psychedelic-toned silk, a juxtaposition of sensible and outrageous that permeated the collection. Some conservative dresses were adorned with shiny metallic paillettes, whilst others were completely covered giving them the look of medieval chainmail and more than a hint of Game of Thrones chic. The collection that also included a fair share of navy and white striped knits and shiny pinstriped suits with roomy trousers found a whimsical feminine note with wide white collars that would have been at home in the Flemish wing of the Louvre. Lagerfeld said after the show that he had sought to play with modern and classic fabrics and masculine and feminine lines. "You know you can be a woman, you can be a man but everyone has two arms and two legs and you can play with the elements from the man and from the woman. For the other details you take the decision privately," he said chuckling behind his trademark sunglasses. Setting aside the 86 looks in Tuesday's collection, it has been a busy fashion week for Lagerfeld. Last week marked the release of a hardback book about his whiskered muse 'Choupette' - his cat - while on Monday, a limited stock of Karl Lagerfeld Barbies made by Mattel were sold out from a few selected stores within minutes.

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Chic "protesters" take Boulevard Chanel at Paris Fashion Week

9:08pm IST - 01:13

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