Chanel SPRING/SUMMER 2014 PARIS FASHION WEEK

In an age in which the fashion world embraces art, and art embraces fashion, the question posed at the vibrant Chanel show might not be “Is fashion art?” but “Is art fashion?” Practically alone amongst his fashion titan colleagues,Karl Lagerfeld, however, claims that he does not collect contemporary art. “I’m collecting books,” he explained crisply. “I have no space for art.”

But while the legendary architect decorator Peter Marino is commissioning emerging and established artists to create pieces inspired by Chanel icons for the brand’s boutiques around the world, Karl asked himself: “Why not do the same?” So he set his show in a vast “art gallery” created under the dome of the Grand Palais, and hung its walls with all manner of art pieces that riffed on Chanel icons and playfully mimicked some bold-faced art world stars. “I made believe it was all kinds of young artists together,” laughed Karl, standing in one wing of that enormous gallery after the show. “But it’s not all different young artists,” he added with a twinkle. “It’s one old artist—me! I made everything. It was a good summer’s work!”

The clothes themselves seemed more real-life than rarefied. “Life is not a red carpet,” Karl explained. “This is for daily life. I wanted color, and a fraîcheur. It’s a very happy mood.”

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Source : VOGUE 

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