Legions of febrile fashion fans have imagined a world run by Chanel, but Karl Lagerfeld decided to do us one better: he literally made a world run by Chanel in the most impressive set any editor has seen at Fashion Week. Every single, minute aspect of his “Chanel Shopping Center” gave way to a Chanel-stamped moment.
According to show notes, there were roughly 500 products that were given a Chanel facelift: chips, paint cans, eggs, detergent, a chainsaw… the list goes on. This is either ego-mania at its grandest or Lagerfeld calling it like he sees it. It makes no difference; it’s still a world in which we want to live. The intersecting double C’s of the Chanel logo are a globally-lauded mark of quality and style, and because this universally accepted reputation precedes the brand, it became a tool in Lagerfeld’s arsenal. Last season he prodded the art world with a gloved finger, turning a catwalk show into a gallery that was, let’s face it, way cooler than anything we’ve seen in a museum in a long time. This time, he’s mocking consumerism while providing consumer goods and it’s all so meta that it just about does one’s head in. As if it isn’t enough that Lagerfeld is a self-styled artist, philosopher, and collector, he still happens to be one of the world’s best designers. His vision is so coherent and total that it’s practically alien. For Fall/Winter 2014, he gave us brightly-colored, belly-baring coordinates, tweed toppers, deconstructed pant suits, and padded silhouettes that emphasize the shoulders and hips. On top of that, there are skintight knit separates, graphic print blouses, color-blocked leggings, and delicious looks scattered with colorful confetti. Metallic toppers find a voice near the end of the show, but Lagerfeld chooses to close with voluminous looks that saw dreamy pink fur shrugs and layered florals making a play for evening. The range of looks in this audacious 78-look collection is nothing short of staggering, but couple that with Lagerfeld’s social commentary and you don’t have a “collection”. You have a movement.
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