Karl Lagerfeld Goes Robo!

01 October 2008

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The venue: A Paris Fashion Week tent erected in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower on the banks of the River Seine.

The people: Fashionistas only - all dressed in black on this grey cold morning and all clutching this week's Grazia which we have kindly given to everyone to give them their weekly fashion fix!

The mood: While waiting for the show the catwalk theatre is strangely quiet - of course it is, everyone is reading Grazia. Even Lagerfeld's muse Lady Amanda Harlech is having face time with our latest issue.

The fashion: Futuristic robo-chic deluxe! The lights go down and a model emerges from a puff of smoke in the middle of the runway in a black fitted sheath dress with a giant black perforated patent belt strapped to it. It sets the scene for a succession of fitted dresses with peplum skirts sitting prettily above tight pencil skirts for a two-tiered effect. Plus corsets over sheaths, some fluttering with sweet chiffon capes. The Parisian obsession for Dhoti pants continues unabated - only Lagerfeld's is a black trouser that is half dhoti, half legging. Hmmm... But somehow it doesn't look retro. The fabrics are so super-modern - holographic silvers, sheer matt silks, perforated patents. Even super-wide belts come in perforated patent leather. This collection was minimal on accessories, but we loved the way Lagerfeld used sparkly lace appliqués as hair decoration. 

The funny bit: When he took his bow at the end of the show Karl walked quarter of the way down the runway like a robot! 

The verdict: Harsh chic. Which Lagerfeld fans will love! 

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