Suzy Menkes published a piece last week declaring that the "great protagonist" in the Dior vs. Saint Laurent face-off would be Karl Lagerfeld, "who has to prove what that label stands for in the face of fashion's new wave of modernism."
At his show for Chanel this morning, following a week of tuxedo after tuxedo, Lagerfeld had to have some sort of response to their prevalence on the Paris runways this season. And his was perfect: to let everyone know with the above tongue-in-cheek sketch and its double-entendre that they wouldn't find any le smoking jackets--a style made famous by the late Yves Saint Laurent--there. The sign was posted in Chanel's Rue Cambon studios and handed out to editors during previews yesterday.
That Karl. Always so clever.
Of course it wasn't a dig at Saint Laurent or Hedi, who showed his first collection for the house the night before. “We don’t have to do smoking," Lagerfeld told WWD. "Hedi Slimane really does it well.”
Unfortunately, the longtime Slimane fan wasn't one of the many designers in attendance at his debut YSL show yesterday evening. "I never look at other shows before the Chanel show," he told Vogue UK. "I don't go to other shows." He does, however, wear other designers. According to Vogue UK, he was wearing a "Slimane-inspired Dior Homme suit" to his own show this morning.