In Paris, orchestra makes surprise appearance—on fashion catwalk

Posted on: January 28, 2015

“From behind a black curtain in the central catwalk, fashion powerhouse Dior pulled a surprise on its guests in unveiling a concealed orchestra at the start of the Paris menswear show,” reads an unsigned Sunday (1/24) Associated Press article. “Matrix actor Lambert Wilson, actresses Isabelle Huppert and Noomi Rapace, and former True Blood star Luke Grimes … all gasped in delight. The 30 or so violinists, trombonists, trumpeters and flutists had clearly been ordered to hide out for over an hour in deathly silence, as fashion VIPS such as LVMH owner Bernard Arnault and Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld filed in late. But it wasn’t all suffering for the musicians: they were kitted out head-to-toe in Dior Homme.… Dior’s fashion orchestra played a rousing classical interpretation of Ivorian electronic music composer Koudlam’s The Landsc Apes. And the metaphor of fusing the traditional with the cutting edge extended to the clothes. Dior aptly described the collection as ‘techno-sartorial.’ Enviable drape suits, cummerbunds, tux tails, bow ties, double and single breasted jackets, evening scarves and waistcoats mixed with Oxford shoes with fluorescent soles, and caps with funky buttons.”

Posted January 28, 2015