It is difficult to elucidate the extraordinary universe of a Chanel show without coming across as hyperbolic, but hyperbole is the raison d’être for Spring 2015 Couture. This season, Karl Lagerfeld imagines a synthetic, alien landscape filled with fabricated flora and fauna, which blossomed artificially when “watered” with a Chanel-branded container. The scene: a possible future, an alternate universe, an indoor atrium for otherworldly hydroponic experiments. Whatever you can surmise from this breathtaking display only serves to support the idea that Chanel is one of the few brands capable of making even the most straightforward couture display into something unprecedented.
Stupefying scenery aside, the Chanel Spring 2015 Couture show was off to a slow start, featuring the usual suspects: felted wool separates, tweed jackets with shingles of fringe paired with glittering mini skirts, pastel plaid coat-dresses, and midriff-baring three-piece skirt suits. Although predictable in some ways, Lagerfeld is still clearly courting the youth vote, especially with cropped tops, shrunken silhouettes, pixie boots, and maniacal headgear.
Midway through, the brand bucked the now-conventional message of reinvented classics and unleashed a floral centrifuge, which boasted maximal flower appliqués, explosive color pairings, and exaggerated volumes. Coats and dresses were trimmed with enormous frothy bouquets, or decorated with miniature crystal flower arrangements. Couture demands the highest standards of quality, and it was all there, spelled out in thousands of human hours spent hand beading a baby-pink two-piece set and perfecting a millefeuille of crushed blossoms across the surface of a wedding dress.
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