Karl Lagerfeld and Coco Chanel have inspired a new version of Platée comic opera, written by Jean-Philippe Rameau in the eighteenth century. The production which premiered in Vienna last week, is now in Paris, and next week is heading to NY.
The story centers around Platée, a nasty nymph who believes that Jupiter, the king of the gods, is in love with her. Unfortunately, Platée discovers that her romance is nothing but a revenge against Juno Jupiter, her true love. Originally the opera was written for Louis, Dauphin of France, and his wife, the Infanta Maria Theresa of Spain - a couple known for their lack of aesthetic attributes.
In the new version of the opera, Jupiter is played by Lagerfeld’s ''clone'', with white hair and ponytail, wearing black suit and sunglasses. Juno is an embodiment of Coco dressed head to toe with tweed, as she suffers as a fashion victim.