No one has ever turned to Paris fashion week in search of a clear feminist message. While it is extremely easy to defend fashion itself on a feminist level, the fashion industry, and in particular the fashion weeks, are about as feminist as a fruitcake. The only message that can be gleaned from Chanel’s silly show is that feminism is currently trendy – and this is something that plenty of feminists don’t like.
Feminism is now – to the astonishment of anyone who loyally stuck with it when it was parodied as something for humourless sorts in boiler suits – fashionable. And so, of course, it has been commercialised.
— Karl Lagerfeld’s flimflam feminism won’t hurt the real thing, by Hadley Freeman (x)