Lagerfeld, Chanel Trade Heels for ... Sneakers

Couture collection offers a surprise
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2014 9:53 AM CST
Lagerfeld, Chanel Trade Heels for ... Sneakers
A model wears a creation for Chanel's Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris, Tuesday, Jan.21, 2014.   (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

The footwear at Chanel's summer 2014 couture collection unveiling in Paris yesterday caused the audience to actually gasp, and the New York Times to lead its review with: "Look at the shoes! Look at their SHOES!" What could the models possibly have been wearing? Sneakers. "Flat, flirtatious, fancied-up sneakers," as Suzy Menkes puts it, but sneakers still. Designer Karl Lagerfeld explains: "You can be in fashion without being a victim." Unless you're him, of course. He was wearing snakeskin boots, and said, "For myself, I don't do sneakers." (Read more Chanel stories.)

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