Wednesday, 30 April 2014


For the CHANEL 2014 Spring-Summer Ready-to-Wear collection, 
presented Tuesday October 1st 2013, Karl Lagerfeld 
transformed the Grand Palais into an art gallery. 
He invited guests - including CHANEL ambassadresses Vanessa Paradis 
and Caroline de Maigret, singers Rita Ora and Katy Perry, 
English actresses Kristin Scott Thomas and Stacy Martin, 
French actresses Marine Vacth, Alma Jodorowsky and Leila Bekhti, 
Japanese actress Rila Fukushima and Italian dancer Roberto Bolle
 - to an unexpected vernissage of around 75 original installations. 

Eyelids and browbones up to the eyebrows and even over the top
were used by Peter Philips as an artists palette to paint
hues of emerald green, turquoise, violet, red, fuchsia, yellow
with painterly lines of black around the eye-line and eyebrows.
Sam McKnight created wigs in blonde, 
black and brown dead straight bobs

For those of us who are attracted to fashion for an artistic
reason this was perhaps one of Karl Lagerfeld's most interesting
and inspiring shows.
He made use of the myriad colours of an artists palette, with particular
accents of fuchsia.  I especially loved
his emphasis on tweed mixed with lace.
The denim looked like painted canvas. 
There were Pop art stark black and white sixties silhouettes.
The textures are many and varied 
- tweed mixed with lace, crochet, woven and 
patchwork fabrics Karl's nod to the arts and crafts.
Knitwear is tied round neck and waists 
for a layered look in block colours.

We can see here Karl Lagerfeld's true artistry of designing clothes
with Personality and Spirit.  Clothes we can truly invest in that will
last for ever and blend organically not only into our wardrobe,
but more importantly into our life.

Karl Lagerfeld was inspired by artists in interpreting the painters' palettes 
and materials, creating an encounter between art and fashion. 
The House's celebrated tweed is woven from ribbons of chiffon, organza, 
lace and plastic threads, or are otherwise frayed, even torn.
 Stretch knit, crêpe de Chine, lace printed with motifs in silicone,
 guipure with a resin effect, leather, pearl embroideries 
and countless fabric or cord trims are featured. 
Next to the House's iconic colors of black, white and navy blue, pink, 
blue, yellow and green - whether in pastel, bright or fluorescent shades 
- make up is a range of tones as vast as a color chart. 
Karl Lagerfeld plays with the codes of the suit, combining in it three, 
four or even five separate pieces. 
The iconic jacket is explored in multiple ways:
 slim and sleeveless, supple and belted, as well as cut open on the bust
 and structured with square shoulders. 
Long skirts open on the sides, short and flared skirts, 
and apron-like shift dresses underline a linear silhouette, 
accessorised with pumps with an incorporated sock and 
extra-large pearls worn on short necklaces, rings and cuffs,
 as well as on the emblematic long necklaces, revisited for this occasion. 

For this collection, Karl Lagerfeld breathed freshness and colors for spring. 

Karl looks very happy with himself! Xx

and for more of the details:

White tweed fingerless gloves with pearl double Cs


Until next time J Xx

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