Set under the Eiffel Tower, Karl Lagerfeld reminds us of our past and of how we have been able to walk freely under the Eiffel Tower. His dramatic runway scenes usually paint magnificent experiences that transport us through time, like this and this. But for this show, the symbolism in this show is a node to what won’t be possible, when Paris builds a clear wall will surround the tower, in the Fall of 2017.
So for me, this show is both stunning and heart-wrenching. It’s stunning because of the story that’s being told through clothes, the militaristic colors, and shapes that start the show, evolving into the twenties inspired garments and ending with two grand white ball gowns that don’t represent the white flag of surrendering but rather of hope and peace. All while underneath one of the most iconic structures and sitting so casually in green metal folding chairs. The show is heart-wrenching because of the way our society is changing, that our tourists, locals, and expats sometimes don’t feel safe in Paris or that of any global hometown.
But within this show, this story, Lagerfeld reminds us of how far we’ve come and how far we’ll continue to go.
And even though I may not make it to Paris before the wall goes up, I will treasure this fashion show view of the tower. À bientôt Paris!
Full Image Gallery: Vogue
Watch the Full Show: Chanel YouTube
Top Image: Fashion Network Italy
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