Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Paris Spring Couture: CHANEL



It’s here!!
CHANEL Spring Couture 2010 has arrived, just in time for the modern girl’s Valentine’s Day. Moving from the Grand Palais to the Pavillon Cambon Capucines wasn’t the only change this season as Chanel’s famous black-and-white gave way to an all silver and pastel palette. The collection embraced an understated romanticism in powdered shades of ethereal silk accented with crystal and diamond statement pieces. The vision came as “an electronic flash in my head at five o’clock one morning. Silver and pastel… it’s the first time in my whole career I’ve done a collection without black or navy,” Karl Lagerfeld related. But don’t let the connotation of “electronic flash” and the minimalist white set design suggest the tired theme of futurism. In perhaps one of his best quips yet,  Karl retorted the question, channeling a sartorial Eckhart Tolle: “I hate that. I don’t believe in avant-garde clothes for a future that will never happen. Fashion is always now.” (quote courtesy of Sarah Mower of Style.com)
Clearly, fashion is always now, given that trend trackers are struggling to keep up with what Karl says is in or out. The runway reviews are becoming  anxiety-filled probes into what’s hot now and what is considered passé. With nary a gold button on the runway, for example, is gold out? How can that be, when Karl just showed a gilded menagerie of chinoiserie during Pre-Fall, which in turn refuted a very Americana romp in the hay for Spring RTW? The answer, of course, lies with a famous quip of the Mademoiselle herself: “Fashion fades, only style remains”. So fashion writers, take a breath. Let’s just take the impossibly chimerical robes of Spring Couture as Karl’s way of asking, “Will you be my Valentine?”
See the entire collection and review, plus front row and beauty, here.

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