fall prêt-à-porter, paris: chanel
by Jeremy Danté
with news swirling of a possible retirement & even a wedding between karl lagerfeld & his muse, baptiste giabiconi, im not sure what to believe at this point. as baptiste closed the show, i came away feeling a bit cheated by the collection. while i understand that there is power in details, i do also find it important to showcase dimension & creativity in new, fresh ways each season. while the house of chanel is, quite possibly, the most respected in fashion both past & present- here nothing spectacular is seen. i do applaud the capitalization of tweed, an aspect which is deeply associated with the chanel brand. a drab palette with more urban edge is seen this season- loose fit boots, chain link handbags are seen throughout. overall, i wanted to see more, despite seeing 78 looks- i was waiting for a breakthrough moment that never came. new reports have speculated that alber elbaz of lanvin will be choosen to direct at chanel once karl retires, but so far this is speculation. the entire house of lanvin was said to have been in tears & a post at lanvin is said to be taken by jason wu, once elbaz secures chanel. it’s the same old chic from the same karl & until a new designer is put in place, that’s what we’ll keep getting.