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January 26, 2010

Chanel Spring 2010 Haute Couture – “Neon Baroque”


The much anticipated Chanel Spring Haute Couture 2010 show came and went and it temporarily made me forget I was sitting in dreary, rainy San Francisco and made me excited for spring.  Karl Lagerfeld ditched the trademark black, white, and navy for a much lighter palette – one reminiscent of cotton candy and sherbet.

The collection consisted of tweed suits, short swing dresses and gorgeously intricate column gowns – all in candy colors from strawberry, peach, lemon and vanilla.  Silver beading and metallic accents kept the pale shades from becoming boring and added just the right amount of pizazz – even Karl traded in his signature black tie for a metallic silver one! Chanel trademarks like pearls, camelias, bows and ruffles were all present – but used in different ways.  Instead of rows of pearl necklaces, a pearl collar elegantly held a dress up.  Ever flirtatious, the collection was very feminine and embodied Le sacre du printemps.

One of my favorite aspects of the show was the hair – it was swept up in a heart shape with giant bows and flowers front and center.  Many of the bangs featured a white streak (the Dior Spring 2010 Haute Couture show also had white streaked hair – is this a new trend for Spring?).  Makeup was kept light & sweet so as not to distract from the clothing.  I’m still waiting to see detail shots but it looks like the hot new nail colors will be white and metallic silver – but I’ll have to see the close-ups to be sure.

In the mean time, you can see the full collection below.

Images courtesy of WWD.

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January 25, 2010

Chanel Couture Spring 2010 Preview – “Neon Baroque”

Chanel Spring 2010 - Preview - Karl Lagerfeld "neon baroque"

Karl Lagerfeld gave us a little idea of what to expect at the upcoming Chanel Couture Spring 2010 show:

“Two words: neon baroque.”

I can’t wait to see – you know it will be theatrical to say the least!


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July 9, 2009

Chanel Fall 2009 Couture

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January 28, 2009

Paper Trail: Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2009

Chanel Couture Spring 2009

Chanel Couture Spring 2009

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.

Chanel Couture Spring 2009

Chanel Couture Spring 2009

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.

Images: Style & WWD


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July 2, 2008

Chanel Haute Couture Autumn/Winter ‘08-’09

chanel couture fall 08

Yesterday Chanel unveiled it’s Autumn/Winter couture collection at the Grand Palais in Paris. The collection had a strong militaristic undercurrent that was at one medieval and futuristic. As I was watching the collection, Joan of Arc definitely was running through my mind. The severely bobbed hair of the models was reminiscent of the flappers that Coco Chanel epitomized, as well as, Joan of Arc, the teenage warrior and martyr. If that wasn’t enough of a reference, some of the models had “halos” framing their faces – very saintly indeed. The color palette of white, grey, steel and black gave the collection a serious and sombre feel, while pin tucks and pleating gave the appearance of armor. Strong shoulders, nipped waists and interesting volume, and distinct shapes are all big themes for the collection. Check for more pics and a video after the jump!

chanel couture fall 08

chanel couture fall 08

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