Cool Couture at Chanel. Lagerfeld’s Devil is in his Detail

by Katie on February 1, 2011

They say the devil is in the detail and, if so, Karl Lagerfeld has obviously been taking tips from Old Nick as the Chanel Couture show (Spring 2011) was glistening in it’s gossamer weightlessness (despite the thousands of beads) to produce pieces that looked and appealed to Heaven in its temptation.

Soft knits were paired with sequins while soft tweed skirt suits were styled over slender pants and worn with a gamine air.  Quirky, double breasted coats and skirt suits with low slung belts were decidedly Jean Seberg in their charming insouciance.  Funnel neck jackets and dresses trod the fine tweed line of 21st Century heritage and modernity.  Trailing chiffon sashes in the softest, muted shades added delicacy.  This collection wowed.

What struck a couture admiring addict was the variety within this show.  It was finely tuned, simply honed in terms of styling and had enough lightness and verve to delight the Old Guard as well as the Young Aspirer.  In the footsteps of the black and white suits and dresses with the embroidered motif, a wash of pink took centre stage in the collection: fresh pink, tender pink and raw pink were complemented by soft greys and ivories, with highlights of silver.  The lightness of pink instilled a air of grace, poise and polish which befitted Chanel couture while it’s styling brought an ‘edge’ to the season.

Elements of ravishing early 1960’s came by way of the slender columns of shimmering, silver tinged, white voile dresses and the dreamy, structured, three quarter length sleeve jackets worn over finely beaded pants, all paired with ballet flats in satin or patent, which made couture look young and fresh.

Spurning theatricals, Lagerfeld has concentrated on simplicity and couture workmanship with fresh styling to inject this Couture house with verve.  Allez Monsieur Lagerfeld.

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