Tuesday, 4 October 2011

The Undersea World by Karl Lagerfeld

Paris Fashion Week - CHANEL Spring/Summer 2012

An aquatic wonderland of gleaming white stingrays and sea horses adrift amongst coral branches and shell on a sandy sea bed. Lagerfeld had promised "the ground of the sea, but in a very poetic way", and his models, meandering through this dramatic set to a techno soundtrack abstracted from Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries", looked like magical deep-sea sirens, from the pearls scattered in their hair to the sea urchin shells that propped up the heels of their sandals.

My lovely fellows knowing me and my special faible for CHANEL, and their Couture collections could follow my blog and discover many Chanel-editorials, and enjoy the CHANEL Spring/Summer 2012 Fashion Show at the end of this post by ANDREA JANKE Finest Accessories - The Fashion Channel.

Lagerfeld deconstracted some of the house symboles. Coco's iconic pearls were used as buttons or as belts to girdle his round-shouldered dresses, and Lagerfeld banished her signature braid trims altogether in place of fine black ribbon set in geometric blocks across pale sulting, a detail inspired by the "fabric paintings" of German abstract artist Blinky Palermo that he had admired in a recent exhibition at Dia. Lagerfeld worked with innovative techno fabrics to create the effect of light through water. Airy waffle-textured organzas and iridescent synthetics, open-weave tweeds and knits, and a palette of sea foam, shell pink, and mother-of-pearls (anchored with inevitable black) created an otherworldly effect.

And the detail brought a whisper of the haute couture to the ready-to-wear season; changeante organza ribbons were appliquéd to trail across little shift dresses like seaweed awaying in a riptide; silvery embroideries or a frosting  of macreous sequins spilled down black dresses like the phosphorescence on a moonlit sea. Swimsuits were anchored by pearls clasps or veiled in dear plastic "virtual jackets" printed with a tracery of fine black swirling lines like seawed washed up on a seashore.

CHANEL Spring/Summer 2012 Fashion Show

Selections by ANDREA JANKE Finest Accessories

Photography by Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway
Photo Credit/Source: VOGUE

Enjoy my previous Paris Fashion Week post -

'From Mermaids to Florals - Givenchy & Nina Ricci'

1 comment:

Shagun said...

Simply perfection...The designs are softly subtle in colors...not shocking yet attractive.The beauty lies in intricate details...the pearls trim, the edging..creativity at best...designs just mould to the body...very chic

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