Cloning brought to the catwalk as Lagerfeld raises hackles of animal rights activists

KARL LAGERFELD brought cloning to the catwalk yesterday with his latest collection for Lagerfeld Gallery, which featured dozens of doppelgangers dressed in the designer’s trademark black suits and high-collared white shirts.

As the audience was plunged in red light, two Perspex doors lifted to let out rows of models kitted out in the form-fitting tailcoats and black leather ties which Lagerfeld has favoured since dramatically losing about 95 pounds.

It was narcissism at its peak, but there was relevance to the German designer’s strict tailoring, with peaked shoulders and scalloped hems giving jackets a feminine edge.

Wraparound shades and glistening metallic belts added to the Kraftwerk-inspired techno-industrial feel.

Silver took on a softer edge when spun into a sexy ribbed sweater worn over a crisp white shirt and kickpleated black satin mini.

Guests gathered in the Louvre museum complex for the display on the second day of the Paris autumn-winter ready-to-wear collections, which also featured designs by Emanuel Ungaro.

For the second day in a row, animal rights activists disrupted the show before being hauled off by security guards.

Two members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) unfurled banners reading “Fur kills” as models paraded in oversized mink tail scarves and sweeping tufted fur coats worn casually over bootcut jeans.

“Fur is a material like any other,” an oblivious Lagerfeld told reporters backstage.

“If you treat it like it’s a big deal, you are wrong. Fur should be like a sweater, and it should have the benefits of a sweater. You have to treat it kind of offhandedly, otherwise don’t buy it,” he said in his trademark machine-gun patter.

Italian designer Giambattista Valli gave fur the sportswear treatment in his latest collection for Ungaro, using rabbit pelts to line a hooded grey silk sweatshirt or a cashmere parka.

Guests cheered as a quintet of Nordic beauties emerged on a sparkling white circular stage littered with disco glitter balls.

Chiffon tunics and ruched leggings combined with fur cowls and bronze high heels for a modern-rustic effect.

Metallic fabrics broke the monotony of a restrained colour palette dominated by greys and blush pink.

Hologram sequins winked from a slim bag adorned with curtain tassels. Crystal embroidery glistened from the back of a black

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