Paris Fashion Week - CHANEL Spring/Summer 2012 Collection
Jules Verne? Wes Anderson? Georges Méliers? Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea? This stunning recreation of the ocean floor, this immaculate white landdscape of seaweed, stingrays, sharks, and shells, daring the dream with candor and an optimistic, rather than desolate, idea of fashion.
It was a masterpiece: deceptively simple but never dull. Mermaids in slinky sheath dresses were not on the program. Instead, there were more youthful and light silhouettes than ever. Lots of long, tapering limbs, knee-revealing dresses and skirts, luxurious and loose knitwear, wonderful white sweaters worn over full skirts, the every image of elegance without pretension.
Mini-mini shorts in laminated denim worn under unstructered jackets, the little top embroidered like a bed of sea anemones, jackets sensually cut along the small of the back, the dress embroidered with bronze-colored scales. The collection seems to capture the shimmering light of the sun on the waves. The tweed is iridescent with Lurex and mother-of-pearl applications chiseled onto suits. Extensive work on the materials reinforces the modernity and the energy of the profiles: rhodoid, neoprene and plastic accentuate the feeling of lightness. A silicon lace biker jacket designed by Sophie Hallette is complimented by sinewy black plastic piping for the ultimate refined look. It is though two hands had dived into the sea foam and brought back a jacket. Subtle humour permeates the collection. The dress with embroidered shoulders bears a trompe-l'oeil of lacy seaweed below the waistline. Karl Lagerfeld has been more fun than ever!
Heel shaped like coral branches or beeded shells, earrings and rings in the in the shape of sea urchins, shell-shaped clutch bags, rectangular quilted bags enchained like certain packages recovered by the sea customs ... all enraptured the audience. The haunting black and white or silver colored ankle boot gave movement and a subtle touch of the Swinging Sixties in London to the shapes. The evening was somptuous and youthful, with lengths remaining above the ankle, diaphonous volumes, lace, gemstones, sparkling embroidery, a spirits in-keeping with both the celestial and the aquatic.
Pearl, the iconic motif of the House of Chanel, was in its elements! Assembled in delicate belts on some short dresses, it transformed into a sort of skin embroidery to create almost surreal alignment down the spite. Lightness, inventiveness and refinement for an intensely invigorating collection that ends with a Botticelli-style appearance of the singer Florence Welch, emerging from a giant shell to sing, accompanied by a harp player.
Press Release CHANEL by Elisabeth Quin
Photo Credit/Source: CHANEL
Photography by Benoit Peverelli
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