Festive Style: Chanel Pre-Fall
To follow up on my festive dressing 101 post, here’s some runway-born inspiration that will leave you wanting more Bombay, more expensive sandals, more harem pants and long embellished robes in your life. Karl Lagerfeld succeeded in what may have been his greatest accomplishment thus far…
…he made dreadlocks look expensive.
5 Lessons On Festive Dressing from Chanel Pre-Fall 2012:
1. Festive, luxe color combos: Gold x white, Gold x Turquoise, Gold x Magenta, Gold x Gold.
2. Metallic jewelry is best applied in highly concentrated, intense clusters (ie: a massive destroyed cuff bracelet that link to rings, or a dramatic headpiece worn over a casual hair-do).
3. Embellished ivory motorcycle gloves with the finger tips cut off (sounds like a fun DIY project, don’t it?!) can turn an evening look into something fit for a futuristic badass bollywood starlet.
4. Dark, dramatic eyes & pink lips look amazing with pearls and champagne-metallic textiles.
5. Ankle jewelry x harem pants under a long coat or skirt creates a royal, bohemian summer look that you can adapt with any color (and interpret in super light fabrics like breezy linens).
More full looks from the collection below:
Side note: While I don’t think verbatim, by-the-book silhouettes and direct references are a good reason to ruffle your feathers when critiquing something as potentially imaginative as high fashion, Karl did say one thing about this collection that I found pretty odd re: sourcing his inspiration.
He said he’d (purposely) never been to India, and that he thought it was better not to go somewhere when you’re designing a collection inspired by a geographic destination. I would have to strongly disagree. If I had as much money as Karl, I would be using it to get as up close and personal to the source of the inspiration as I could, especially India! Those textiles! That film industry! Are you kidding me?
None the less, this is probably my favorite Chanel collection, ever. So hats off to the iconic Mr. Lagerfeld. And I do hope he gets himself to India someday.