July 4, 2012

Chanel Couture: The “New Vintage”

For his Fall/Winter 2012 couture show for the famed French fashion house, Karl Lagerfeld decided to put a modern spin on a couple of Chanel classics, naming his collection “New Vintage”.

What the show actually put into light was the amazing handwork which the house’s ateliers are and have been for decades capable of doing. The collection featured classic Chanel suits and coats in embroided tweeds that took, as Lagerfeld stated, three thousand hours to complete, or in looped silken threads and shimmering paillettes, or even in plaid patterns that created elegant patchwork colour-blocking effects.

A couple of sophisticated black velvet dresses sustained Lagerfeld’s famous quote “One is never over- or underdressed with a little black dress”, while a series of elegant chiffon and tulle laser-cut dresses with intricate patchwork effects and a suite of romantic sheath dresses that seemed to blossom on the runway due to the 3D gardenia appliques, provided the collection with the perfect amount of femininity.

Glittery Lurex stockings, shiny platinum toe caps on each pair of shoes and sparkly crocheted berets served to bring the array of timeless Chanel classics into modern times, in a most elegant way.

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Photos courtesy of: vancouver.24hrs.ca, style.com