Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Chanel explodes at Paris Fashion Week AW11

It’s International Women’s Day and Karl Lagerfield’s collection for Chanel literally exploded onto the catwalk! Fire and brimstone, boiler suits, biker boots, a wooden boardwalk over smoking piles of lava and a CC drawbridge appearing out of clouds of dry ice ensured a dramatic post-apocalyptic feel at the most anticipated show of the week.

Models were wrapped up in trouser suits with cropped jackets and pleat front trousers teamed with heavy, flat brogues. Tweeds were thick and dense, with raw edges and finished in black and grey, with bold flashes of red or green, or metallic weave – adding a touch of glamour to an otherwise raw survival theme.

It was a classic juxtaposition of tough vs. feminine, with boiler suits made of fine, embellished lace rolled up in leather at the cuffs and ankles to reveal pointed kitten heel court shoes. Princess style coats and empire line dresses were embellished with feathers and lace, giving a fresh play on the typical texture seen at Chanel. In an uncharacteristically serious show, Lagerfield injected some humour with a quilted, rubberized felt boiler suit.

A strong move forward from Lagerfield’s couture show, which was young, girlish and full of sweet dresses and pumps. This was hard and androgynous.

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