solar panels and wind turbines shape chanel runway at paris fashion week
solar panels and wind turbines shape chanel runway at paris fashion week solar panels and wind turbines shape chanel runway at paris fashion week
oct 04, 2012

solar panels and wind turbines shape chanel runway at paris fashion week

chanel’s spring/summer 2013 runway show during paris fashion week held in the historic grand palais venue images via stephan moskovic

at paris fashion week, chanel took a bit of a ‘green’ turn, whereby the french fashion house’s spring/summer 2013 runway was composed of solar panels, with two rows of wind turbines – 13 in total – lining the length of the stage, sending a surge of sustainable energy throughout the historic grand palais venue.

the scenographic idea came to lagerfeld while he was sitting in central park and wanted a bit of fresh air. ‘it’s more about the mood of the times, not something you have to translate,‘ said the designer. ‘it’s all about the wind, it’s in the air,‘ he said to british vogue.

the runway’s backdrop responded to the voluminous, but airy collection presented in which lagerfeld carried out the solar and wind themes through some of the designs, including a dress which appeared to be composed of miniature solar panels, mimicked using black and blue sequins, as well as a sweater with a wind turbine graphic knit.

installation view of the 13 wind turbines which lined the chanel spring/summer 2013 runway images via stephan moskovic

light classic designs featuring florals complimented the ‘green’ theme of the show images via

image via stephan moskovic

the chanel runway during paris fashion week video courtesy of chanel

via latimes

  • you gotta be kidding

    dbkii says:
  • pathetic

    pit says:
  • I like the music, who is the singer? dj? or who made the session?

    javi says:
  • Now that I know solar panels can be walked on, it should investigated to see if there is an application for them as walkways in urban areas.

    Nicholaus says:
  • Wow.. Maybe I’m bitter today but really? So many cool ideas out there and useful things to do with them… they took two really utilitarian concepts (clothing and green energy) and showcased them in a pretty pointless fashion… Solar panels indoors, turbines with no wind.. I think I know where the concept was getting at, but just putting something there, doesn’t make it meaningful or cool. That said, the clothes look springy and comfy.

    glowyPR says:
  • What\’s interesting here is scale. The petite model wearing the couture ensemble vs. the enormous windmill. Side by side, which one catches your attention more? The issue of sustainability goes deeper as well. Is the new line worthy of being next to a sustainable concept like the solar panel or the windmill because it\’s materials come from green resources? or does the manufacturing of them use more energy that is contrasts against the windmills and solar panels…

    Ravi says:

    moderndesign2120 says:
  • The band acting is Chromatics by the way… Very good stuff

    HermannPauline says:
  • green washing as fashion. spot on

    greenwash says:
  • Fake windmills. Fake solar panels. Fake future world… wow…
    All this reminds me of the fake village of Mary Antoinette in Versailles.

    Paris needs another revolution.

    Nikola says:
  • @Javi Band is Chromatics Song “Lady”

    Tobi says:
  • @Nikola

    I totally agree with you, there is no “ecologic” message in all of this, all i see is also a bad use of visual arts, all of this makes look graphics and design like something pointless and unuseful. it’s a shame

    Alice says:
  • This is really fashion, but it is amazing what enthusiasts can do in small DIY projects. Solar energy can be harvested and used everyday. I found some guys with interesting ideas on [url=] DIY solar panel [/url]

    Malden says:

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