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Arguably, any fashion show can be considered an "art" show. There are colors that clash, statements that are made, and price tags that could rival anything shown in Saatchi's collection (well, almost). And, for the presentation of the spring '14 Chanel collection, Karl Lagerfeld pulled out all the stops to present a collection that embody all these ideas, and was ultimately about as joyful as the inside of a fresh box of paints.
The designs that appeared on the runway told several different stories, as if Lagerfeld was walking us through his own personal Modern Art 101 course. There were '80s-inspired, acid washed, and distressed denim; a painter's-palette print in flowing silhouettes; and classic Chanel two-pieces featuring tweeds and knits in updated colors and patterns. Of course, the smallest objets d'art, and staples of the Chanel runways, were the accessories, including jumbo pearl necklaces that resembled headphones, knitted motorcycle gloves, heavy-duty bangles that stacked equally on both wrists, tons of chain-strapped crossbody bags (some doubled up in a crisscross fashion), and portfolio cases — for toting your own watercolor masterpiece.
With each model sporting a uniformed blunt bob and shocking shades of eyeshadow, the art-school theme carried all the way through the Chanel presentation. But, what truly drove it home were the Lagerfeld artwork that lined the walls of the Grand Palais and Jay Z's "Picasso Baby" playing in the background.