Lagerfeld takes bow as Chanel gems shine
Karl Lagerfeld's latest couture show for Chanel showed exactly why he is a fashion legend.
Yesterday's spring/summer 2010 collection presented the skills of the Parisian ateliers to perfection, while retaining an impressive lightness of touch. With all the beads, bows and jewels in Paris at your disposal it takes a disciplined designer to use them judiciously.
Dubbed "neon-baroque", the collection fused futuristic metallics, pastels, flashes of acid colour and richly decorative flourishes. The British fashion pin-up Alexa Chung, model Claudia Schiffer and singer Kanye West were among audience members who sat on silver sofas surrounded by tall columns of neon lights.
The classic Chanel tweed suit was reworked with shorts instead of a skirt, to give it a fresh, youthful appeal. Then followed cleanly tailored shift dresses with a '60s feel in pistachio, baby pink, acid yellow and pale peach, while details such as jewelled collars added glamour.
For evening wear, elegantly loose column dresses in the palest shell-pink silk came with sophisticated decoration. Long strings of Coco Chanel's much-loved pearls trailed from the side of one gown with silver lamé at the neck.
While Lagerfeld's design aesthetic was woven into the whole show, there were also wry motifs that reflected his own dress sense, such as jewelled silver gloves. Other accessories included silver sci-fi boots fit for a baroque Barbarella. Boasting pearls around the platform sole and intricately sculpted killer heels, some pairs took more than 30 hours of work by the shoemakers at Massaro.
The final wedding gown took 1,300 hours of work, and its cape featured 200 metres of tulle and silk. (©Independent News Service)