Fashionable feminism

Karl Lagerfeld designed a feminist-style, protest inspired Chanel catwalk, which took place today in Paris. He set the scene by creating an elaborate backdrop, transporting the audience to a city street. The girls walked in pairs or in threes down the runway, and hinted at the “protest style” show with gold whistle necklaces hanging around their necks. They wore pant suits and what some may see as typically masculine clothing. So of course this particular show got a lot of press, like so many other iconic runway shows in the past. But it also brings up lots of controversy.

At the end of the show, his models donned signs saying “He for She” (in reference to Emma Watson’s now famous speech), “Ladies First” and “Be Different” and Cara Delevinge even carried a megaphone, leading the “protest”. “What was he trying to say?”- that’s what no one can figure out. Was he simply following the wave of feminism that is now flooding across many western countries? Is he treating feminism as a fad? Is he simply jumping on the bandwagon? Trying to make headlines? Or is this truly meant to make a statement towards the feminist movement?

I guess none of us can really say what his intentions were, but it’s hard for me to take it seriously when these models work day and night to fit a specific look, and to maintain a certain figure that is called attractive and appealing. If this was truly an act of feminism, I think it would have been appropriate to add women and men of all shapes and sizes. After all, it is a fight for equality.

just a little link to look at : ( and try this too… ) but feel free to google it for yourselves, there are tons of articles floating around!



2 responses to “Fashionable feminism

  1. Goodness gracious! I had no clue about this happening.
    This one really is a head-scratcher. On one hand, Delevinge is an artist and the runway is his canvas. Fashion shows are the medium he works through, so naturally this would be the way that he would communicate a social statement that he holds to.
    On the other hand though, if he were truly devoted to the cause of feminism, wouldn’t his show have looked a bit different? Exactly like you said, the women in high fashion are not at all representative of women as a collective body. Is he selling out of his values by caving to the wants of high fashion in this way, or was he just doing all that because women’s wants sell, etc?

    Absolutely loved your blog!


  2. katherineepatton

    Thanks! I found it to be puzzling as well. I’m hoping that future interviews with Lagerfeld will give us more information on his reasoning behind this show.


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