Paris may be abuzz with the aftermath of both Hedi Slimane's and Raf Simons' recent debuts, for Saint Laurent and Dior, respectively, but no one's forgotten about the real Grande Dame of Paris Fashion Week: Chanel.
Between the signature over-the-top sets (this season there were wind turbines), Karl Lagerfeld's whimsy and sense of humor (
Last season's "aww" runway moment came courtesy of an adorable girl playing peekaboo with the giant crystal stalagmites dotting the runway. This season there was a puppy trotting along the runway before the show started. Good thing he was potty trained.
The Front Row: Jennifer Lopez was the one all the paps were after at Chanel--despite the show's smorgasbord of celebrity offerings. Why? She brought along her impossibly adorable daughter Emme, along with boy toy Casper Smart.
Also there: Kanye West (he was happily chatting away with Elle's Robbie Myers and Joe Zee, wearing a gold grill, and attracting nary a paparazzo), Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman (who bolted across the runway to take their seats right before the show started) and Baptiste Giabiconi. Along with the usual Chanel muses, of course, including Ines de la Fressange, Caroline De Maigret, Caroline Sieber, Poppy Delevingne, and Leigh Lezark.
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The Clothes: We've already gushed about the kooky awesome accessories. Now about the actual clothes.
This season everyone is talking about designers at old storied maisons being able to take the house codes, move them forward, and still maintain commercial success. Karl Lagerfeld's really good at this. This season he updated the little black jacket to make it a bit more voluminous around the shoulders a la Balenciaga, or he cropped it and put an oversized peter pan collar on it, and dyed it in bold colorways (bright reds and blues). Tweeds got the bold color treatment too--and it's nice to see some color on the runway after a month of black and white domination.
I was undecided about those sheer numbers around look 60, with the fluffy leaf appliques around cuffs and hems--they seemed a bit over the top--but the white floral embroidered numbers that closed the show were just gorgeous.
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