The right to be fashionably femme? Now there’s a cause a girl can stand behind! Tuesday morning, Karl Lagerfeld morphed over 425 feet of Paris’ Grand Palais into the splendid street facade, ‘Boulevard Chanel’, and filled it with more immaculately dressed women than anyone has probably ever seen stampeding down a city street in their lifetime. The 85 ladies’ individuality shined through as they modeled the 2015 Spring ready-to-wear collection in the makeup of their choosing and lightly groomed hair. That — coupled with the fact that some chatted down the puddle-ridden boulevard in groups — only added to the rawness and authenticity of the presentation. One would expect towering stilettos to accompany this level of fashion but through the midst of rainbow-woven tweeds, bright florals and cement-embellished dresses, there were no high heels to be found. “This is not red carpet, this is street,” Lagerfeld explained backstage to Women’s Wear Daily.
The show’s faux-feminist rally finale, however, is what’s making headlines. Of course the march was led by none other than top models Cara Delevingne and Gisele Bündchen, complete with their Chanel-branded megaphones. Hey, only the “model-iest” of models for the likes of Chanel, ok? That’s a Sex and the City joke by the way! Other celebrity models amongst the army included Joan Smalls, Georgia May Jagger and newcomer Kendall Jenner. A few of the signs read slogans like “Make Fashion Not War,” “Women’s Rights are More Than Alright,” “We Can Match the Machos,” and various other pro-women messages as Chaka Khan’s feminist anthem “I’m Every Woman” played over the speakers. “I have to keep Chanel up to date,” Lagerfeld explained. “Chanel, in fact, is about fashion that women used to wear in life, Chanel was not red carpet; the fashion was elegant life of another area, but now we have to adapt to street life.” Indeed.
As with almost all things, the reviews of the protest were mixed. Was it genuine or are they bandwagoning the feminist trend? Who’s to say? The streets are talking, though — pun intended — and that’s always a win.