There is always an intense amount of hype leading up to a Chanel runway show, and it is not hard to imagine why. No matter how many collections Karl Lagerfeld (who also spearheads his own line as well as Fendi) produces, he never fails to defy even the wildest expectations. His seemingly endless, if zany, ideas (remember the supermarket?) always blow everyone seated at the Grand Palais away. This year was no different, with his “Le Corbusier goes to Versailles”-themed Fall/Winter 2014 Couture collection proving once again that Lagerfeld and the House of Chanel are indomitable.
The blank minimalism of the set made the clothes the absolute center of attention. And, per usual, they were stunning. The entire collection consisted of contradictions, with feminine fit-and-flare silhouettes worn over matching biker shorts and finished off with a pair of flip-flops secured with a bow over the ankle. Despite the courtly element of the collection, Lagerfeld rejected the idea of heeled shoes, and every ensemble was worn with either the ribboned flip-flops or over-the-knee boots.
Texture, too, played a serious role in this morning’s presentation. There were ensembles that appeared to made from something resembling plastic, as well as embellishments, which varied from graphic and modern to opulent and very Versallies-appropriate. Lagerfeld recent fascination with cement also showed. One of my personal favorites looks actually features a cement bolero.
Of course, the talk of the town after the show was the finale “pregnant bride” dress. Modeled by Chanel muse and model Ashleigh Good, the white Neoprene gown was adorned with exacting yet grand bejeweled accents. And, of course, paired with a set of gold Chanel flip-flops. If I do say so myself, Ms. Good would have looked right at home in the Hall of Mirrors.
Let me know-is Lagerfeld’s latest collection worthy, or not so much?
Below are my top three favorite looks from the Chanel show. From left to right: Look 70, Look 39, and Look 8.