“Everyone is front row – and this is a show about daily life,” said Karl, referring to the “sensible” knee-length skirts that, as the models started their long, snaking walk around the corridors of chairs, could be zippered open. Each woman’s choice. This was International Women’s Day and Karl was on message.
But perhaps the real smarts of this show were not in the clothes, which were sporty, modern and offering a long stride in that flat footwear. Nor were they in the careful balance that this collection gave in contrast to the exquisite handwork of Chanel haute couture. They were in the notion that fashion is no longer for the elite. It is open to the social-media- driven wide world.