Karl Lagerfeld Injects Girl Power Into PFW With Model March On Boulevard Chanel
Paris Fashion Week hasn’t been short of drama and today was no different withKendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne leading the way for a feminist march at Chanel’s fashion show earlier, but the girls didn’t have some kind of spontaneous rebellion as it was all planned and part of the stage setting for the runway, courtesy of head designer Karl Lagerfeld.
Chanel’s turn in the spotlight is always an anticipated highlight for Fashion Week and Lagerfeld made sure the Spring/Summer Womenswear 2015 collection wasn’t easy to forget, with the head honcho transforming the catwalk into a street with his chosen supermodels, which included Giselle Bundchen, Georgia May Jagger and Joan Smalls, acting as the protestors as they strutted down the runway.
After showing off Chanel’s new look for the SS15 period, which features over-sized trouser suits, plaid patterns and loud block colours clashing together, the models then returned to the runway for the closing segment but ditched their clutches for placards which they brandished around while shouting female-empowerment chants. Getting behind the gender equality campaign ‘He For She’ launched by UN Ambassador Emma Watson, the ladies showed off their revolutionary spirit.
Joined by Kendall, Gigi Hadid, Edie Campbell and Charlotte Free, Cara lead the way while booming into a quilted megaphone, while the gorgeous fleet held up their placards, some of which read: “History is Her Story,” “Boys Should Get Pregnant Too” and “Make Fashion Not War.”
The Chanel final walk through was more of a march (SplashNews)
Those who seemed to enjoy the faux riot included Vogue editor Anna Wintour, famed photographer Mario Testino and film director Baz Luhrmann, who were pictured smiling and enthusiastically chatting in the front row. The protest didn’t stop there as Cara, 21, and Kendall, 18, were seen carrying their placards while leaving the show, although it seems they simply wanted to keep souvenirs from their momentous moment in the Chanel spotlight. Also seen outside was Kendall’s proud mother Kris Jenner, although she managed to avoid getting involved in the feminist march.
New feminists? Kendall and Cara created their own female-empowerment on the catwalk (KCS Presse / Splash News)
Cara and Kendall seemed to take their protesting duties pretty seriously, posting a photo of themselves with their feminist placards on Instagram with the caption: “free the nipple #shhh,” in reference to the female campaign which swept over the summer. Who said fashion was shallow?