A ‘Volcano’ Was the Backdrop for Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel Show

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A year ago Karl Lagerfeld had environmentalists pulling their hair out over the carbon footprint left by his Chanel fashion show set — a huge-ass iceberg imported from Sweden. It's currently unclear where the charcoal and black rocks came from for his fall 2011 Chanel show, which walked this morning in the Grand Palais. Smoke oozed over the rocks lining the 525-foot runway, creating a volcanic setting for the clothes, which were very black and boasted a masculine edge. Wide-leg pants were tucked into flat work boots, and some models wore a version of the stretchy jeans that appeared in Lagerfeld's most recent couture show — which Times critic Cathy Horyn prefers to call leggings rather than the cheapening term jeggings. She continues:

He also had great tunics, as capes and long pullovers. Capped shoulders, tunics, and some high necklines vaguely suggested a medieval influence.

Chanel autumn/winter 2011 at Paris Fashion Week [Telegraph UK]
Chanel: Hot Rocks [On the Runway/NYT]