Models present creations by German designer Karl Lagerfeld for French fashion house Chanel as part of his Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2013 fashion show in Paris, Jan. 22, 2013. (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)
Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld sent two models dressed as brides alongside his tiny godson down the catwalk on Tuesday in a public show of support for French government plans to legalize same-sex marriage and adoption.
The models and Lagerfeld's four-year-old godson took the final bow at the German designer's Chanel haute couture show before Lagerfeld gave voice to his opinions on the subject in an interview with Reuters after the show.
"I do not understand why people who live together cannot have the same security as those bourgeois who are married," said one of the fashion world's most successful designers, who is also renowned for his controversial comments on everything from politics to celebrity personalities.
"Two women getting married, I find that natural, and having two mothers is a good thing."
The French government's proposals have divided opinion and sparked huge protests both in favor and against.
Earlier this month, roughly half a million people marched through Paris demanding that President Francois Hollande withdraw the reform bill and hold a national debate on the issue.
However, the government said it remained determined to submit the legislation to parliament and pass it by June.
Lagerfeld's show was held as usual in the cavernous Grand Palais, which was transformed into a gigantic forest with towering pine trees surrounding a wooden amphitheatre where models strutted in white sand.
The nature-inspired collection featuring embroidered tulle and sequined flowers echoed the garden-themed show presented on Monday by Belgian designer Raf Simons for Christian Dior.
Tulips, roses, camellias and birds of paradise took centre stage at Chanel, embroidered on sequined tulle dresses which took more than 1,000 hours to make, Lagerfeld said.
Models paraded in long-lace boots with open toes and shiny heels that gave their silhouettes a romantic and modern touch.
"As nature is threatened, might as well celebrate it," Lagerfeld said.
Some more of Lagerfeld's memorable quotes:
On being politically correct:
"Be politically correct, but please don't bother other people with conversation about being politically correct, because that's the end of everything. You want to create boredom? Be politically correct in your conversation." - Vice magazine, 2010
“The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice.” - Metro, 2012
"If I was a woman in Russia I would be a lesbian, as the men are very ugly."
"There are a few handsome ones, like Naomi Campbell's boyfriend, but there you see the most beautiful women and the most horrible men." - Metro, 2012
On Catherine The Duchess of Cambridge:
"Kate Middleton has a nice silhouette and she is the right girl for that boy,” he said. “I like that kind of woman, I like romantic beauties." - The Sun (UK) 2012
On Pippa Middleton:
"On the other hand, her sister struggles," Lagerfeld said. "I don't like the sister's face. She should only show her back." - The Sun (UK) 2012
On the middle class:
"The middle has not enough class that I think about the middle class." - Vogue 2012
On curvy women:
"No one wants to see curvy women ... You've got fat mothers with their bags of chips sitting in front of the television and saying that thin models are ugly." - Focus Magazine 2009