Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014: TRAINERS are ON

TRAINERS took to the couture catwalk for the second time this week as Karl Lagerfeld gave his seal of approval to the current sports-streetwear and showed us a Chanel collection fit for the most sophisticated of skater girls.
“I never want anyone to wear anything that they don’t want to wear but I think this is a very sophisticated way to dress,” declared Karl after the show.
Jewelled knee pads, bumbags and elbow guards aside. he began the collection with the standard set of Chanel feathered and jewelled tweeds but cut so that jackets were cropped and skirts were low on the hip and the waist itself became clearly defined like the neck of a vase. It through contrasting pastel candy shades to those of the rest of the outfit; sequins later on for a run of Black Swan gowns with feathers darting from them in every direction.
Since Coco Chanel can justifiably claim to have been the first designer to incorporate sporty elements with her jersey dresses and cardigan jackets in the 1920's, it seems only logical for Karl Lagerfeld to take himself and us to the track and field every so often, especially since he has such a talent for cross fertilising apparently contradictory genres.
Cara Delevingne – who also opened the show - made for the Chanel bride, complete with her own little page boy, Hudson Kroenig, to hold her train.


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