In case you missed it, the Paris Haute Couture shows were last week. Compared to the ready-to-wear fashion weeks that are soon to come, these shows cause hardly a ripple. But these clothes are surely the clothes of dreams, and I can dream with the best of them.
I don’t watch them all, but Chanel is always interesting from an historian’s point of view. Karl Lagerfeld has the task of making each collection look like a Chanel collection, and I love seeing how he does it.
The big idea was the cropped jackets that expose a corset made from the same fabric. I can’t imagine how Mademoiselle Chanel would feel about corsets, but Karl obviously liked them, because the majority of the looks featured one.
The idea worked better with some looks than with others. When I was watching the runway show I thought that the models were wearing form-fitting camisoles, and I wanted to throw some of the women a doughnut. They just looked so skinny. This ensemble is a good example. Personally, I think this would look so much better without a tiny little waist. That means these clothes might actually flatter a more mature figure. The tops might be a little too short for most tastes, but hey, this is couture. If you are paying the equivalent of the price of a car for a dress, I think they might accommodate your desire for a longer top.
All the commentary I’ve read about this show has focused on one accessory – the shoes. Just when we thought the running shoe with a dress look was firmly in the past, we have Lagerfeld reminding us that there are shoes that can be walked in. The models skipped and hopped down a grand staircase, adding to the effect of lightness in the clothes.
It made for a fun show, but would anyone actually wear the shoes with a couture outfit? I don’t know, but I have read several laments by the fashion crowd because the only way to get a pair is to order one of the couture dresses or suits. That, plus the 3000 euro price tag might be a bit discouraging. 3000 euros is $4100 by the way, and is expensive even for Chanel. The boots I loved so much from the pre-fall collection were “only” $1600.
I won’t be surprised to see a cheaper collection show up for summer.
I didn’t much care for the pants looks, but I wanted to show this one because of the white collar and cuff, and the black tie. So Chanel. And have I seen a similar look from years past? It just looks so familiar.
The lack of accoutrements was a bit unusual, but I loved the clean look of just the dress, the girl, and her sneakers.
But when he did add accessories, he really added them. Is she accident prone, or just a skateboarder wannabe? And yes, that is a fanny pack.
These full length shots do not tell the entire story. To see just how special these looks are, you have to see the garments close-up. Here you can see the details of the very first look. To see more, there is a slideshow at Chanel.com. Be sure to zoom.
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