A modern twist on timeless style
Hole-ridden tweed suits that looked like they'd been devoured by moths opened Chanel's spring-summer 2011 ready-to-wear show yesterday, with what seemed like a sly commentary on the French heritage house's amazing staying power.
Chanel's shows are always a grand spectacle, but yesterday's production -- which saw Paris's steel and glass Grand Palais transformed into a chic black-and-white Versailles-style garden -- was even grander than usual. The models meandered among the fountains and the black hedgerows, their black and navy skirt suits or hot pants contrasting with the crushed gravel they crunched underfoot.
Designer Karl Lagerfeld served up A-line dresses in chiffon with beaded black curlicues. A series of floaty dresses in saturated watercolour print silk injected a dose of colour, and the ostrich feathers that dangled from hemlines gave the collection an airy lightness.