First backstage emotions of CHANEL ... There was a beachy spirit to some of the playful accessories a quilted lambskin bag contained within the rings of two full-size hula-hoops, and clumpy platform sandals with stripy soles. And although he stripped away many of the house codes, “no chain, no braid, no plastic Chanel buttons, only pearls, pearls, pearls,” as Karl Lagerfeld said, the Chanel imprimatur was indelible. Those giant pearls might be wrapped as chokers, or a single pearl set to float in a metal cuff or to anchor a messy chignon at the nape of the neck. They were dotted over the black wool jackets (and skirt dress) that opened the show, and strung together as a belt on a brace of slithery crepe evening sheaths.
But alongside the innovation, there was a master’s hand to the couture quality touches. A child’s handheld “windmill’ was reinterpreted in organza as a charming three-dimensional embroidery motif, for instance, and the finale strapless dresses were pale backgrounds to three-dimensional sprigs and branches heavy with blossom.
Enjoy the CHANEL Spring/Summer 2013 fashion show at the end of this post!
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