It is fair to say that Karl Lagerfeld is a legend among men in the fashion world and his latest collection is keeping in trend with his fashion triumphs. In Lagerfeld’s latest Chanel collection he played around and pushed the boundaries even further by creating a supermarket catwalk in which the models donned sportswear inspired outfits and showed how you can be both casual and chic. This quirky theme paired with models such as Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner brought the style hit to not only the high-fashion market, but also to a more broad consumer market, making this runway even more of an overall success.
Lagerfeld’s Autumn/Winter collection displayed numerous themes and various styling. One theme which was evident was drawing attention to what is arguably the sexiest part of a woman’s body, her waist. This was shown in different ways by both showing bare midriffs and also using outfits which cinched in the model’s waists. Not only has this been shown in Chanel’s newest show, but it was also a major theme in their Spring/Summer Haute Couture Collection making it clear that this is a Chanel stamp and distinguishing the brand from the rest. Another aspect of Chanel’s collection which I absolutely adore is the use of embellishment to create stunning iced pieces which glisten effortlessly down the runway, making a simple, yet very effective statement in any outfit.
Three more powerful themes in the collection were Lagerfeld’s use of knitwear, space-inspired leggings and bold, colours and patterns. With knitwear being a key focal point in the majority of Chanel collections this wasn’t anything new or too exciting, but what made the knitwear theme succeed is that special execution which can only be accomplished by Lagerfeld himself. Although possibly an odd choice, the use of space-like leggings added yet another touch of individuality to the collection and helped to brighten up some of the more dull looks showcased. The final theme in the collection which impressed me the most is the colour and pattern usage displayed on the day. Lagerfeld presented numerous outfits which played with the primary colours yellow, blue, red and green which if possible added yet another depth to the successful show. Although I don’t necessarily like how many of these pieces were paired on the runway and would argue that in some cases the styling of the patterns and colours were a bit too gaudy for my liking, I have to say that on analysis I think that most of the pieces, if styled carefully, could work amazingly in the real world (asides from the God awful green and blue leggings). All of this paired with slicked back hair, trainers (also seen in their Spring/Summer Haute Couture Collection) and trainer boots has led to this collection being an overall winner for me and most definitely for the iconic brand itself.
So there you have it guys, my review on Chanel’s Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection!
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