New Chanel collection offers arctic fantasy

Yesterday in Paris, glaciers filled the Grand Palais–the setting for Chanel’s latest collection of “fantasy furs”. Explained Lagerfeld warmly, “I’m from the north, I love the snow. Given the winter we’ve had, a little trip to the great north wasn’t a bad idea.” Another novel touch was his use of entirely faux-fur. It was an interesting choice for a designer that has long championed the real thing, proving his undeniable knack for keeping avid followers in the cold. Ice cube-effect pearls, northern lights necklaces, polar-bear boots, and snowball pompoms finished the frigid look. Was this Lagerfeld’s ode to global warming or another attempt to melt fashion hearts? Either way, suddenly Chanel is synonymous with sub-zero style.