Chromatics playing “Lady” Live. That was the fresh, young musical venue during fashion’s single most relevant (still-&-seemingly-always!), longest tenure in the “employee-designer/employer-fashion house” relations known in the history of the industry. This season’s theme? Energy. Or was it power? Both words describe perfectly Karl Lagerfeld’s latest offering for the most iconic of fashion houses. A dozen of wind mills standing over a solar panel runway in the Grand Palais of Paris was the type of exuberant outing that many have come to criticize of the late. And with reason. But not in this case. Nope. Here is why, we remain absolutely in love, infatuated, wanting, dreaming and striving for these Chanel pieces. Forget that Karl is sooo well surrounded and is such a knowledgeable genius always thirsty/hungry/curious for all things new and unknown (take a look at the models strutting down his runway), just SEE how a generation, yes 30 years!!! at the helms of Chanel, the maestro is, actually still reinventing the line without white-washing all things that made the house the fashion icon it is. And so, farewell chains, brassed buttons, double “C’s” logos, obvious tweed jackets and pearls. It was, in fact, like the windy, solar, “light” themes would have it, a much more airy, unfussy, refreshed take on the house classics. Like none of us would expect it. Because this time it felt as though it was really more about Karl than Coco. And why the hell not! We loved to see how a true genius is just as aware/worried about the future and clearly sees that salvation residing in renewable energy. And that the clothes followed suit. While we’re on the subject, the two-piece numbers we’ve come to expect were actually a dichotomy in that some of these pants were very Karl-tight like. While many loose/boxy jackets made their way down the runway. It makes sense, in a way, as Lagerfeld was never one to, as the trend would have it, follow a linear thought. And so, you had your boleros, A-lines, skirt-dresses (which we loved!), ûber-light “fishnet-like” pants and tops, futuristic prints and patterns (one number looked like WKF’s DNA sequence!). There was even, keeping in sync with the “light” theme, 3-D prints that were actually mini wind-mills and sun flowers embroideries. Add to this, random splashes of colour, huge pearls around the neck, on both wrists and all over denim and beautiful all-whites gowns. While one cannot go without mentioning the clutches, zig-zag sandals, huge see-through hats and hoola-hoops-perfect-for-sand-sticking beach handbags. Really, it was quick and easy to realize how much Lagerfeld (from Chanel, to Fendi passing by his own line) has an extraordinary gift of constantly pushing the industry forward while letting everyone think he hasn’t re-invented the wheel but just made it an almost perpetually perfect movement forward, season after season, while in the meatime, you were no longer even spinning but hovering over land as he brought you into tomorrow without you even flinching. That’s Karl Lagerfeld.

Source: style.com

Source: style.com

Source: style.com

Source: style.com


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