January 14th, 2011
By Michel Gaubert
in show-insider. (Last updated: September 4th, 2012)

'DARK SIDE OF THE MOON'
THE HIDDEN FACE OF BYZANTIUM
BY MICHEL GAUBERT

Artist: Pink Floyd
Title: The Great Gig In The Sky (Written by Rick Wright)
Album: The Dark Side Of The Moon
Label: Capitol

On the 7th of December Karl Lagerfeld left it to the Byzantine Empress Theodora to receive us in the Salons of rue Cambon, customized to become the decor for the show.

Mat gold walls, painted mosaics, poufs and beaded curtains, scents of orange blossom and fresh mint… these are just some of the elements that she carefully chose to set the scene for the Paris-Byzance collection.

Sound speakers veiled by wall hangings unleash the poignant sounds of 'Dark Side of The Moon' by Pink Floyd, one of her favorite bands.

In the 17th Century, she adored Lully, Mozart amused her in the 18th, in the 19th she succumbed to the charms of Saint-Saëns and Debussy but, of all the musical expeditions infused with a hint of the Orient, it is the psychedelic trip of Pink Floyd that won out, appealing to her through the idea of an inner journey without limits or frontiers when high fidelity is a question of acoustics and nothing else.

The result is a musical mosaic that perfectly partners the Byzantine embroideries and links Constantinople with Paris by celestial paths that give the models the impression of walking on cushions of air with their arabesque heels.

Theodora approves when Freja closes the show to the sound of 'The Great Gig In The Sky', leading the way for the final parade of this collection which pays tribute to the know-how of the Métiers d’Art artisans.