Karl Lagerfeld has been an influential source of inspiration for many people as well as products. We have seen collections of outfits, accessories, video games, ad campaigns, hotels, suites and even cable cars exhibiting his touch! This time, the creative director of Chanel along with the founder of the brand has inspired an art form. A new version of Platée based on the 18th century Jean-Philippe Rameau comic opera portrays Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld lookalikes.
The two protagonists of the 2014 edition of the opera, Juno and Jupiter, resemble the icons from the French luxury house. Jupiter is dressed in Lagerfeld’s signature style with a white ponytail, dark sunglasses and black suit. He is shown stepping down from Olympus via the famous mirrored staircase at Chanel’s headquarters. While Juno looks every bit Coco Chanel dressed in her favored tweed from head to toe.
The plot of the Robert Carsen production goes like this – Platée is an ugly water nymph who believes that Jupiter, the king of the gods, is in love with her. Eventually she discovers that his romantic advances were a part of a ridiculous scheme to cure Juno (his wife) of her jealousy. The opera points up Platée as the ultimate fashion victim. Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Platée was first performed on 31 March 1745 at the Grande Écurie, Versailles.
However, the real Karl Lagerfeld is renowned for his assertive and controversial opinions. So in our opinion, he would never resort to such a trick to get rid of jealousy or any other kind of misunderstanding. Thank God, Karl Lagerfeld styled Jupiter is limited to the opera stage only. We love the outspoken designer the way he is, speaking his mind out loud and clear!