“Fashion is about two things: the evolution and the opposite.”
Today, Chanel presented the Spring 2011 Haute Couture collection at the Pavillon Cambon Capucines. Inspired by the paintings of Marie Laurencin, notably a portrait of Mlle. Chanel. The soft pastel colors, especially pinks and greys were brought to life from the paintings on to the runway. Much of the collection featured day clothes with Karl Lagerfeld noting, “Life is not a cocktail party.” (WWD, Chanel Spring Couture 2011, 1.25.11). The collection featured lots of skinny pants and jeans – some worn under tweed suits. I like the pants on their own but didn’t love them under skirts. I don’t like that when hippys do it and layering pants under a skirt – even in Chanel Haute Couture – doesn’t make it ok.
The tweed suits, as well as many of the blouses and dresses, featured a strong shoulder albeit a rounded strong shoulder. The silhouette of the suit was also different from the traditional suit – some jackets were longer when paired with pants. Other jackets had an array of colors – some with lapels, some shawl collars, some without collars. The ever present sheer trend made an appearance as well, in the form of sequined sheer pants, sheer dresses and sheer tops. The softness of the fabric echoed the softness of the pastel palette. Though the collection included many day looks, Karl did not disappoint when it came to the evening looks. Mainly gowns, they spanned the spectrum of very full, to flowy to sparkling dress pants.
Usually my favorite aspect of the Chanel collections – the accessories – were kept to a minimum in this presentation. But the simplicity of the accessories made the ones present that much more powerful. The ballet flats were pointy and cut straight across the foot which made for a very dainty, yet sexy look. I love these flats! I also love the black ribbon chokers, which upon further study revealed that the ribbon was tied into the hair at the bottom of the slightly intentionally messy french twists. The black ribbons seemed to be inspired by the painting of Mlle. Chanel where against the soft pastels there is a black scarf wrapped loosely around her neck. Finally, the angled eyeliner, in navy blue and black, played off nicely against the softness and roundness of the collection. View the entire collection in the gallery below.