A few weeks back, Karl Lagerfeld’s quote about “bling” heard ’round the world so people were waiting with anticipation to see what Uncle Karl would do for Chanel‘s Spring 2009 Couture collection. After all, is it possible to have couture without all the accouterment that may, how do you say . . . bling? Yesterday, Monsieur Lagerfeld showed the world that you could still have luxury without ostentatious displays of wealth. He showed us that true luxury is in the details, in the materials and the thoughts and ideas behind it all. His inspiration for the couture collection was very simple: “The idea was a white page,” Lagerfeld stated. The paper theme was seen everywhere from the set design to the clothing and accessories.
The collection was mostly white with a few black accents and some black and white prints. The pieces were subtle with clean lines, cinched waists and strong shoulders. The textiles are gorgeous and evoke paper through sheerness, texture and weight. Known for kicking off many a nail color trend, the nails were short and white, a complete departure from the blacks, golds and blues the house made so popular last year. The set was created under the direction of Stéphane Lubrina, who, with a team of 40 people and over 15 weeks, created 6,700 assorted-species blossoms. And of course, the house wouldn’t dare use paper made from trees – rather all the paper was glass-based. The gorgeous head pieces were also made from paper by Katsuya Kamo, Japanese hair stylist extraordinaire. The detail of the hair pieces is incredible and I’m wondering what’s going to happen to all of those treasures after the show? They are little works of art in and of themselves and I hope they find a happy home. If they need one, I can provide one! Read the full story for more images from the show and catch the video below to see Karl Lagerfeld being interviewed, Keira Knightley’s take on the show and some runway footage.