Kidman steals Chanel Paris collection show

8th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 8 (AFP) - Karl Lagerfeld on Friday presented a glamorous red carpet for his ready-to-wear summer collection for Chanel, but Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman - the new face of the label's fabled No. 5 perfume - stole the show.

PARIS, Oct 8 (AFP) - Karl Lagerfeld on Friday presented a glamorous red carpet for his ready-to-wear summer collection for Chanel, but Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman - the new face of the label's fabled No. 5 perfume - stole the show.  

Just before the show began, the blonde Australian actress, clad in a black pants suit with a white scarf around her neck, slipped in a back entrance. But the phalanx of photographers was ready.  

The arrival of the 37-year-old movie star - who sat next to Baz Luhrmann, the director behind her hit film "Moulin Rouge" and the new Chanel No. 5 ad campaign - caused such a stir that Lagerfeld himself took the microphone.  

"I don't want us to run too late and I want Ms Kidman to be able to see the show," Lagerfeld said to cheers from the more than 2,000 people invited to the spectacle, as security agents removed the journalists from the catwalk.  

But the incident fit perfectly into Lagerfeld's staging of his ready-to-wear show for spring-summer 2005: a red carpet leading up a short flight of stairs into an auditorium, like at the Cannes film festival.  

The scene also resembled the end of Luhrmann's short film for Chanel No. 5 starring Kidman, an advertisement for which the film star reportedly earned USD 7.5 million (EUR 6.1 million).  

The photographers, corralled behind faux fences, were required to wear black and white so as to meld into the backdrop. Some complained but nearly all of them complied.  

After all the hubbub, Linda Evangelista finally opened the show, joined by a small club of top models including Naomi Campbell and Eva Herzigova whose catwalk appearances are few and far between.  

In prim tweeds and satin and lace siren gowns, the bevy of beauties in black captured the essence of the pretty collection.  

As Duran Duran's pulsating 1980s hit "Notorious" blared over the sound system, the German designer then sent out a veritable army of models at breakneck speed to show off his overflowing list of ideas for next summer.  

A black, charcoal and white tweed skirt suit was perfect for the boardroom, while a gold denim skirt paired with a matching sleeveless top seemed an ideal option for a starlet at a laid-back publicity event.   

For late-night swims at the Eden Roc - the hotel of choice for the beautiful people in Cannes - Lagerfeld offered black bikinis with 1940s-style high-waisted boy shorts. A lace kimono and a chain belt finished the look.  

When you think Chanel, you think accessories. For next summer, Lagerfeld offered open-toed shoes with a funky dual heel or strappy numbers with a giant jewel over the toes. The trademark Chanel pearls inflated into evening bags.  

For evening, a white knit gown with a guipure filigree train looked sure to show up on the red carpet at next year's Cannes film festival.  

The show ended with a backless black column gown slit high in the front, the bare skin in the back covered with a glittering No. 5 pendant - a carbon copy of the final image of Kidman in the ad for the iconic fragrance.  

The hysteria again spun out of control at show's end, when Lagerfeld took Kidman's hand and brought her onto the catwalk. Photographers jostled for position, some falling as they were out-muscled by their competitors.  

The models who hit the runway for their curtain call were forced to make an about-face due to the media scrum. Lagerfeld and Kidman eventually managed to get backstage as David Bowie's "Fame" repeated in the background. Indeed.  

Christian Lacroix was to unveil his ready-to-wear collection for next summer later Friday.

© AFP

 

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