For the flamboyant, fashion-filled Chanel Spring 2015 collection, Karl Lagerfeld‘s runway show ended with a raucous demonstration. They were occupying the chicest of city streets — the dazzling 130-meter Chanel Boulevard, which Lagerfeld dreamed up and commissioned, its grand facades extending 25 meters into the domed expanse of the Grand Palais.

He explained the show’s premise, that it would end with a feminist show of force, his appreciation for the cause inherited from his mother. “It’s nice to be a feminist,” Lagerfeld said.

Lagerfeld played to the street-fashion shtick in high style, with a diverse, often inventive, lineup. Featuring an enormously exploded vibrant floral silk print, the original painted by Lagerfeld himself. He used it on one side of reversible coats, the other side colorful tweeds and affixed to leather boots for protest-marching in style, says WWD.

Some of his women wore long, relatively sober tweed jackets over wide pants, others favored splashier fare, literally — dark tweeds painted over with bright multicolor spots. There was a pin-striped moment with knee shorts matched to crisply poetic white shirts, and even some army green. One shirtdress-over-skirt boasted Chanel’s newest accessory: a jacket-turned-bag worn as a cross-body. Lagerfeld crafted dresses from little rectangular leather tiles painted in semi-glossy silvery gray to look like the rue beneath your feet. Some had flowers sprouting up in between, in defiance of the city’s foot traffic.

Lagerfeld showed not a single high heel. “It’s not the red carpet,” he said. “It’s the street.”