It should be noted that Chanel PR claims that none of the trees used were 100 years old, and that, “In acquiring the trees, Chanel agreed to replant an area of 100 new oaks in the heart of the forest.”

It should be noted that Chanel PR claims that none of the trees used were 100 years old, and that, “In acquiring the trees, Chanel agreed to replant an area of 100 new oaks in the heart of the forest.”

The French Nature Environment Federation labeled Chanel’s Fall-Winter 2018/19 Ready-to-Wear runway show as, “Hersey,”—since Karl Lagerfeld used actual trees as part of the set.

Oh, the humanity!

Yes, Lagerfeld turned Paris’ Grand Palais into an Autumn wood, complete with moss, dead leaves, and nine (count ‘em, nine) trees.

Speaking of trees…

The audience members were also given wooden benches to sit on.

According to FNE, Chanel missed the mark by, “Promoting the diversity of French forests? An invitation to return to nature? A willingness to show itself to be an eco-responsible label? Whatever Chanel’s motivations, they failed. Nature isn’t about trees cut down in a forest, transported by lorry for scenery they sent to the rubbish skip.”

A looks from Chanel's 2018/19 Autumn runway show.

A look from Chanel’s 2018/19 Autumn runway show.

However, unlike most environmental organizations, FNE did not just carp about the show, but instead they offered a constructive take on the situation, “It would have been better, indeed innovatory, to set up the catwalk in the forest itself, rather than cut down trees to bring (them) to Paris.”

Another look from Chanel's 2018/19 Autumn runway show. Nothing like an orange scarf in an Autumn wood..

Another look from Chanel’s 2018/19 Autumn runway show. Nothing like an orange scarf in an Autumn wood..

Of course, it is a bit hard to imagine runway show staples Anna Wintour, and Carla Bruni Sarkozy clomping through an actual forest, even for Chanel.