In celebration of International Women’s Day, we are remembering Chanel’s feminist-themed Spring 2015 runway show. Karl Lagerfeld built a ‘Boulevard Chanel’ and staged a demonstration in the French tradition of manifestations: taking to the streets in protest. To set the scene, models were dressed like suffragettes, carrying women’s rights-themed signs. The clothing drew from counter-cultural style cues of the 1960s in the form of army updated takes on military dressing, and multicolor psychedelic prints as a more refined version onf tie-dye.
One of the higher end bags in this collection is a hand painted newsprint flap bag, covered in feminist slogans. The Graffiti Newspaper Print is one of the rarest and most unique flap bags Chanel has ever released. It was made in four different variations—all painted carefully by hand. It was famously modeled by Giselle Bündchen in the brand’s S/S ’15 “Afterdark” campaign. This limited edition runway piece was only available for a select few to purchase—and we are lucky enough to have one in brand-new condition with plastic still on its hardware.
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