Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel, autumn/winter collecton 2011/2012 smash Paris Fashion Week with the apocalyptic-inspired designs. The smashed moment included smoke belching out of what looked like volcanic ash, while ghostly shadows of winter trees were reflected on the walls. Seemed to prevail the dark and dramatic, but also strangely romantic style.
At first it seemed like an apocalyptic vision of the world and of fashion as the models trudged the wood runway apparently lined with hot coals. Far from the bourgeois Parisian world of Chanel’s Rue Cambon, the iconic tweed jackets were cropped breast high and worn over roomy jackets and pants, including dark shaded jeans. A mannish, haute boiler suit look ran through the collection — but for evening, this down-and-dirty style was made up in fabrics that were the antithesis of that factory concept: layers of satin, lace, gazar and other couture materials. At night, at least for some of the time, the stout walking boots were replaced by low-heeled court shoes.
“It is the right thing for the period. I did richness with the Byzantium collection and I was tired of bright colors. And it is not black, but gray,” said the designer, who himself was dressed head to toe in smoky colors. The collection was not entirely dark. It had a dab of forest green and red at the inside of a tweed cape, as though embers were glowing. Sparkly surfaces also lighted up the clothes, as though erupting from the heart of darkness.
It was a somber, but Chanel show from Mr. Lagerfeld attracts attention and provokes a reaction and so will most likely be in the next coming times. [LA Times]