This was a hands-down Lagerfeldian jackpot of a show Chanel couture at its controlled and civilized best, worn by models who walked single file around the roulette and blackjack tables. True, there was a distraction at the beginning Lagerfeld had been experimenting with 3-D printing to generate quilted, seamless jackets. But the context of the casino meant that everything needed to look classy rather than avant-garde and that worked wholly to the advantage of Lagerfeld.
It gave him the chance to present an almost eighties silhouette epauletted ivory pencil-skirted suits haven’t looked this good for decades. It allowed him to rethink a chic evening-pant look (such options, likewise, haven’t been available for half a generation), and to concentrate on a zillion alternative cocktail silhouettes, from a lovely tank dress with soft, pearl-embroidered tiers to a white-collared navy guipure lace midi coatdress. “I like the dressy effect,” Lagerfeld mused at the end of it all. So, surely, will his couture customers. When all is said and done, who would not want to bet her money on a long-lasting classic?
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Dressed in Chanel and sporting exquisite platinum and diamond creations from the re-issue of the house’s 1932 “Bijoux de Diamants” collection - the only high jewelry collection ever created by Gabrielle Chanel - they were the epitome of elegance as they embraced the gambling spirit. Ever the perfectionist, Chanel ensured no detail was spared for this ephemeral game space: the slot machines sported references to 31 rue Cambon, Camellias and Mademoiselle Chanel’s fetish numbers (5 in particular); locked-Cs came interspersed with playing card motifs to form a monogram on the geometric gray and beige carpet.