18 Unbelievable Looks From the Legendary Chanel Archives

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Stephanie Roberts on rollerblades for Chanel Spring/Summer 1994 | Photo: Courtesy of Getty Images

Tweed, pearls, and braided chains are all strong and iconic components of the Chanel lexicon, but corsets, cargo pants, and harnesses are not. At least, they’re not the elements anyone instantly associates with the storied French brand, unless one happens to be a master of the Chanel archives. When Karl Lagerfeld took over the helm in 1983, fashion was in a weird place, a point that is reflected in some of the label’s more obscure designs from the 1980s.

However, a trip through the archives from the 1980s to the early aughts indicates that Chanel’s past contains more than a few fashion outliers. Logo suspenders, barely-there bikini tops worn with massive suits, and even branded rollerblades have all walked – or skated – the Chanel runway at some point in time. For a look back at some you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it moments, browse the gallery below.

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