Must See: Chanel Stages A Women’s Rights Demo At Paris Fashion Week

Karl Lagerfeld has done it again with Chanel's SS15 Paris Fashion Week show... See all the images.

‘How will @CHANEL top last season’s supermarche?’ Marie Claire’s Editor in Chief Trish Halpin tweeted this morning, ahead of the most anticipated show on the Paris Fashion Week schedule (and indeed the whole season).

The answer? Boulevard Chanel.

Yes, Karl Lagerfeld recreated an entire Parisian neighbourhood inside the Grand Palais, complete with drains, puddles and hoardings depicting the city’s classic balconies.

For SS15, he’s thinking about women – feminists, to be precise – and made his concept clear by staging the best-dressed protest march ever down his mock-up rue. Cara Delevingne took to the loudhailer, while others punched with plackards declaring that ‘History Is Her Story’ and people should ‘Make Fashion, Not War.’

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The mood, naturally, moved to the clothes as mannish marl suits, colourful silk ties and briefcases led the model charge (the first 15 or so looks came at us all at once). The loose fits and undone styling touches were masculine, but stopped short of total androgyny – these were empowering clothes for women that still want to look like women.


Psychedelic watercolour prints and peace symbols (interlocking with the brand’s double C logo) gave more than a nod to 70s hippies, but were made modern in new silhouettes.

The feminist messages appeared literally on some of the most covetable accessories (‘Ladies First’ read the gilded text on Edie Campbell’s minibag) while other slogans (‘Vote Coco’ and ‘Be Your Own Stylist’) will no doubt appeal to fashion fan-girls the world over.

Kendall Jenner, Gisele Bundchen, Georgia May Jagger and Charlotte Free were amongst the famous faces to walk, while Chanel favourites Alexa Chung, Poppy Delevingne and Laura Bailey watched from the front row.

See all the incredible images in the gallery above.

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