March 05 - Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld spins the fashion world on its axis. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
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STORY: Fashion house Chanel looked like it was setting its eyes on global domination on Tuesday (March 5) as it unveiled its ready-to-wear collection in Paris in front of a giant globe accented by flags bearing its logo, marking where the luxury brand operates stores.
Accompanied by classical music that morphed into Daft Punk's "Around the World," models took a turn around the world, literally, wearing gray and navy plaid coats with dramatic upturned collars or military-styled coats.
As if not to alienate one half of the world's population, Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld even allowed a solitary male model to take a tour around the globe.
The Autumn-Winter 2013-2014 collection was heavy on black, as is typical for Chanel, but here Lagerfeld added flickering bits of metallic weave into nubby fabrics for suits to add sheen and brighten the looks.
Hues of rose and navy wove their way through the collection, as did thigh-high boots moulded to the leg and fuzzy cloche caps in electric turquoise.
The top luxury brands like Chanel, which are private and do not disclose financial information, have seen their sales propped up by growing demand in Asia, in particular China, as well as in the Middle East and Russia.
Admiring his world map punctuated with the brand's iconic logo, a proud Lagerfeld said he was pleased with Chanel's development, although he said there were still some places left unconquered.
For Chanel it seems that through the next season, the world will keep on turning.
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