The story unfolds with classic Chanel looks: black-and-white lean-silhouetted pieces in polka dots and leather, some dotted with giant pearl appliques. It was a ladylike beginning, but Lagerfeld gets restless with predictability, so a sudden change takes place. A-line shift dresses and cropped bolero cuts start dominating the runway, changing the lines of the silhouette and manipulating the female form into bulkier, boxier proportions. One particular topper, a cropped, three-quarter-sleeve jacket featuring a flat Peter Pan collar, was a radiantly youthful example of the direction of this collection. Elsewhere, he showed striped chunky heels, alluring hula-hoop bags, Pyrex hats, oversized blown-up tweed-printed dresses, and even completely sheer suits trimmed in pastel marabou feathers. Lagerfeld closed the show with a series of simple white gowns, each embroidered in spectacularly colorful flowers that seemed to jump off the stark background of the fabric. This was a playful presentation that imbued the audience with energy.
written by GRACE GORDON|photos: courtesy of GoRUNWAY
-October 3, 2012
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