The mini-season of Pre-Fall (yes, it’s a thing) is upon us and Chanel showed in Rome…in a perfect little Paris (fashion inception). Creating a quaint, picture perfect, tiny Parisian street, complete with charcuteries and an oyster bar but focusing on a cinema. King Karl premiered a short film starring Kristen Stewart *rolls eyes* at the show. The collection was sooty, smoky around the edges, a little sexy with lots of lace, but always feminine, always Chanel. It’s very young, and flirty with Bardot bouffants and the-morning-after-the-night-before smokey eyes with black fish net and lace tights seen on the majority of the models. Black fish nets are so traditionally prostitutey and sex-selling to me, so I love the mix of the ultra-classy Chanel woman in them.
Look closely at the first half of the collection – why do I feel like this collection is more sexy than the usual Chanel collections? Shirt dresses, unfitted almost menswear-looking coats draped over shoulders…like the models have borrowed it from suitors or suitors just for the night *wink wink*…patent/cracked leather pieces looking a little S&M inspired maybe? Like the most sophisticated/classiest one night stand ever. Or maybe I’m reading too much into it.
I’m loving the mini-shoulder capes, which are apparently Cardinal-inspired and will be an actual thing come fall-time next year. The colour story is kind of dark at the beginning of the collection, getting more pastel-y towards the end, but the Chanel whites are a permanent resident of the double C collections, and the tweed, so iconic/predictable of the brand yet we can never predict how the tweed will be integrated and here we are, wondering how Karl through his creative sorcery still manages to blow us away every collection. Still manages to have us needing that bag, or omg those shoes, or thinking ‘maybe I could pull off hooker tights…?’.
Also I’ve just realised I need lace fingerless gloves…how have I lived so long without them!?
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