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.
Horyn hypothesizes that the inspiration for the show was The Lord of the Rings, which would be a fitting follow-up to Lagerfeld's last fall ready-to-wear show that had blatant Star Wars references, if you ask us. The medieval influence was also seen in the two Chanel drawbridges on either end of the runway that were raised to open the show. Everyone everywhere will be searching for meaning in those drawbridges and those stones and that smoke. What point is Karl Lagerfeld making about the world in which we live today? Maybe he just fancied the idea of taking his bow by emerging from a puff of smoke. Like Darth Vader or Lady Gaga.