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Chanel: Lean with Sheen

Godfrey Deeny
October 09th, 2006 @ 11:09 AM

In a season where designers have been busy mining the past, what better place to shop than Chanel, a label with more classy references, classic looks and brand DNA than any other.

Chanel’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld did nothing terribly revolutionary with the Spring/Summer 2007 collection he presented this season in Paris, but that mattered little as the net result was the chicest collection in Paris.

In technical terms, Lagerfeld chopped off most skirts a good 12 inches above the knee, dressed half his models in shorts or bathing suits, and slipped the remainder into pencil thin pants. While half of Paris seemed bogged down tweaking the big volume looks of the past season, Lagerfeld simply skipped the whole polemic.

Best of all were trompe l’oeil bows on little black cocktails, checkerboard Coco jackets with chopped off sleeves, and a mini regiment of delightful black tulle cocktails.

His beefy male models came out in crushed metal hued utilitarian wear, chic gents returned from the front in the silvery mesh fabric of the moment - used here on gals and girls.

Everyone got a dose of gold and silver in this show, from golden clutches, metal belts and brooches, to silvery double C logo buckles, chunky bracelets, bold pendants and multi-strand belts. All the ladies marched around in huge gilded platforms, many with novel chains of pearls.

In a savvy piece of staging, the audience sat around a giant “backstage” built like a stylish Twenties bathing house wrapped in a LCD frieze featuring Chanel motifs, from which the catwalkers emerged. Minutes after the show ended, the cabin was stripped bare in an uncanny example of the hyper-professional Chanel machine hustling away the merchandise from overly prying eyes.

“I wanted an elongated silhouette, which is why I liked these big platforms,” Lagerfeld told FWD post-show as a score of camera crews waited over two hours for their mini interviews with fashion’s greatest raconteur. “They really stretch the leg when a girl is wearing shorts. No? It’s one of the world’s great human rights offences. Some people are born with short legs and others long ones. But what can you do?”

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