Sunday, 4 November 2012

At the Chanel showroom


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To review or not to review, that is the question. Chanel remains one of the most adulated and written about fashion houses, so somehow sharing my impressions straight after the iconic brand's Spring/Summer 2013 extravaganza seemed rather superfluous. Not that this would normally stop me.. let's be honest, most of what I touch on here has already been recollected/explored/analysed/dissected by someone far more accomplished and, well, competent than myself .. However, now might not be the best time to question the relevance and purpose of my writings. So instead, I'm going to use my visit to Chanel's Old Bond Street showroom for a closer peek at the new collection as an excuse to reminisce about the show.

I am a huge fan of Karl Lagerfeld, not so much because I always adhere to his aesthetic and line of thought, but because deep down I get the impression that Gabrielle would have approved. Again, I'm no expert, and I don't mean that she would have liked his work per se, nor his converting the heritage brand into something with street value (he himself seems to think not). But just like she was, he is a visionary, taking us places we do not necessarily understand (the resort 2013 'Marie-Antoinette-meets-manga-girl-on-crack'certainly falls under that category). Like her, he is also one of those quintessentially artistic souls who cannot go a day without creating, a genius whose mind never rests. But most importantly, he is utterly unapologetic in what he delivers. He sticks to his guns even when the whole world says 'wtf?' (Brad Pitt as the face of Chanel No 5, anyone?). 

And this season? A definite favourite of mine. The giant forest of turbines at the Grand Palais was a spectacle in itself, but as soon as the girls walked out in yet another demonstration of updated classics, reinvented within the house's codes, I was blown away. Which is probably what Karl was hoping, not least because his theme turned out not to be an ecological statement, but quite simply wind. Fresh air. And novelty. Gabrielle's signature LBD was interpreted as the 'little blue dress', including blue denim, blue checks, cobalt blue and, a literal nod to the set, blue solar panels. The Chanel lexicon was unequivocal, from the cute dress appliquéd with pearls, to the matchy-matchy tweed ensembles, though the designer removed all other emblems like the camelia and the chains. In fact, the pearls played a strong part throughout: on the garments, as hair pins, and more conventionally as blown-up necklaces and bracelets. I particularly fell for the long tube mesh dress. The shape is so feminine and elegant, yet the pockets and minimal shape keep it fresh and unpretentious. Hell, I would even wear the floral happening. And the hoola hoop bag. Not saying I would ever go there (taking bets as to who will by the way - my money is on Paris Hilton, and the Kardashian klan), but how many designers are prepared to take such risks with legacy staples after 6 decades in the industry? You don't have to answer that, but please do let me know what you thought of the collection.

Many thanks to Emily and the Chanel team for having me.

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23 comments:

  1. fantastic pictures, love the collection :)
    greets from Munich

    Fashion Seine

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  2. amazing pics! who doesn´t love Chanel!!! :) xo, Alma
    http://www.soulofashopper.com

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  3. Love the pics!!
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  4. gorgeous just simply gorgeous pieces! Love all the pictures. feel free to visit my blog any time :)

    kisses Keke (Pakize)

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  5. Another great collection! The house manages to keep each collection fresh and modern whilst retaining the iconic identity that many have come to know and love! Great post!

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  6. simply gorgeous collection!! amazing, unique bags! love love love
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  7. beautiful as usual. loving the use of beads and pearls, so feminine :)
    xx

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  8. Amazing photos! I love that clear lego-esque bag and the shoes with a slightly similar heel x
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  9. I love this collection, very diverse, my favorites were the black and white looks. To actually see the show live is a dream come true.... wasn't as lucky as you ;-)


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  10. Gosh Camille, Must have been amazing to see all these items in person,
    and I think it is very relevant as not many get the chance to attend the Chanel showroom!
    X

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  11. Beautiful collection. I especially love the chunky heels--they look a little Kustav Klimt esque. Karl Lagerfeld has done it yet again. :)

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  12. Loved this post, Camille! You write absolutely beautifully! Thanks so much for sharing! xx

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  13. Amazing photos! The collection looks incredible! xx

    www.creativityandchocolate.blogspot.com

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  14. Wow, lucky you to be there!!! Personally I adore the b\w striped suite, hope to find a similar fabric and make one for my own.

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  15. http://yvonettesoriano.blogspot.fr/2012/11/mariniere-gold.html

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  16. L'ipad avec la pochette Chanel, j'adore! très chic!

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  17. Amazing photos, love Chanel!

    www.fashiable.nl

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  18. I'm glad you decided to share your photos !
    I always enjoy reading your articles and opinions. I'm a huge fan of Karl myself, simple because he is able to keep Chanel "fresh" season after season.

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    new outfit post

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  19. J'ai trouvé la collection très surprenante et créative, une redécouverte de la mode au service de l'art, ou peut être bien le contraire.

    Fanny

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  20. the stuff of dreams!!!! tres jel sexy lady...

    L xx

    thegirlwhostolelondon.com

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  21. I love Chanel !!! modeandcook.blospot.fr

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