Karl Lagerfeld’s spring 2012 campaign for Chanel has us amused. Saskia de Brauw and Joan Smalls enjoy a bit of outdoor air, hitting the balance bar and other sporting equipment, wearing lightweight dresses and outerwear in these classically styled images shot by Lagerfeld at the Hôtel du Cap Eden Roc.
We’re amused because exercise and physicality are not part of Lagerfeld’s Chanel DNA, although Lagerfeld does run up and down stairs for exercise. Muscles are not acceptable on Karl’s women. But 2012 is the year of the London Olympics and we have every reason to believe — based on prior temper tantrums I’ve caused in Paris over this precise topic — that our Arthur Elgort comparisons have perhaps resonated just a little bit in the City of Lights. Anne