Thursday, January 26, 2017

It's Couture Week: Chanel Spring 2017 Couture

"I wanted something impeccable, clean. I wanted the girls to look like walking fashion drawings,” said Karl Lagerfeld, adding, “And I must say, I love feathers!” It sounds contradictory, but this was a calm and stripped-back Chanel couture show by Lagerfeldian standards. There was no immersive set, no overt theme, and an absence of jokey accessories or visual puns. Once one had taken in the fact that the mirrored circular runway reflected the famed Art Deco mirrors of Coco Chanel’s stairs at her atelier on the Rue Cambon, there was nothing to distract from the contemplation of the essence of haute Chanel-ness itself.At the beginning, Lagerfeld put a sustained emphasis on tailoring—a neglected art in womenswear these days. From then on, it was all about silver sparkle and silhouette. As the show progressed into evening the silver sparkle showcased the maximum capabilities of the Lesage embroiderers. Couture is at its best, always, when it wears the fruits of its labors lightly." -

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