Only Karl Lagerfeld could make a collection almost entirely in white (with some notes of black) and keep me riveted. Karl looked to the uplifting inspiration of a piece of paper for Chanel’s couture this troubling financial season. What is more hopeful or full of more possibilities than a blank piece of white paper?
It seemed as if the clothes were simply wearable origami so precisely folded and shaped were the shoulders, waists and hemlines. It was like the most supremely elegant paper dolls had emerged from thin air with just a snip here or there of Lagerfeld’s scissors.
But of course paper wasn’t the only material (the headpieces by Kamo were actually created with paper) used in the collection. Organza, tweeds, lace with crystal beads, pearls, ribbon trim, taffeta and chiffon were used in their airiest forms to create the most ravishing details. And if paper was his inspiration than white flowers (roses, camellias, and peonies) were the dreamy result.
As the collection was looking towards a bright future away from our current darkness Karl did make one change in a nod to frugality: for the first time in many seasons he didn’t show at le Grand Palais with massive statues of Chanel’s iconic imagery but favored the intimate setting of the Pavillon Cambon Capucines. And in case you were wondering Freja opened the show and was the bride! Bravo Freja!