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Chanel to Chamonix
by Timothy Hagy | photographed by Yannis Vlamos

March 2, 2007 - Al Gore may have been the toast of Hollywood last Sunday when his film, "An Inconvenient Truth", picked up an Oscar at the Academy Awards, but Karl Lagerfeld, Fashion's Star, sent out a snowy collection on Friday to "reassure" people on the same subject. Even before the last paper flake fell from the ceiling of the Grand Palais, Lagerfeld was backstage talking down global warming.

Whatever your opinions on that matter, the Chanel fall collection was full of delightful ski wear, looking as fresh a take on the venerable House codes as the new fallen fluff. Refusing to limit his sketches to traditional black and white tweed jackets, Karl broadened the color scheme this season to include sparkling reds, violet and turquoise. His pristine models, wrapped in skiing accessories and drenched in jewelry, looked as if they were headed to Chamonix for the season.

Karl Lagerfeld's longevity and optimism serve him well when it comes to refreshing Coco Chanel's wintertime cocktail. Let's hope his take on the earth's environment doesn't leave us all without the cold.


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