Hollande's actions cruel and heartless, says Lagerfeld
CHANEL'S creative director Karl Lagerfeld dismissed French President Francois Hollande as "cruel and heartless" over the allegations by a French magazine that Hollande had an affair with French actress Julie Gayet.
Hollande's partner and first lady, Valerie Trierweiler, was hospitalised for several days after the revelations, due to stress.
"The way (Trierweiler) was treated I am very much against," Lagerfeld said as his latest Chanel creations were unveiled as part of Paris Fashion Week.
"You cannot do that to a woman you've spent so many years with. This I think is cruel and heartless."
Trierweiler, who attended Chanel's last haute couture show in July, did not appear at yesterday's event.
Still, Lagerfeld said he liked Gayet, calling her "a nice person" with "a nice face".
The designer's dazzling 'Cambon Club' show saw him boldly mixing the couture designs associated with Coco Chanel's fashion empire at 31, rue Cambon, with a youthful sporty kick.
Princess pearl chiffon, satin silk, fastidious embroideries, sequins and sculpted corsets met with - gasp - runners, sporty white cropped boleros, bum bags and silver knee pads. Models even ran down the steps that led on to a bright crystalline stage.
Lagerfeld said he wanted the runners to "bring couture back to reality".
Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian nearly caused cars to crash when she arrived late to one show.
The US TV star held court in the front row of the Stephane Rolland show.
Although she arrived without fiance Kanye West, her arrival triggered a media storm, with photographers pushing each other to get a clear shot.